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Project: Virtual Reality Check (VRC) Officially Launches

The two largest and most focused competitors in the Dutch Virtualization and Application Delivery market space are now working together on a new, joint project called "Virtual Reality Check" or VRC.  PQR and Log•in Consultants have started this joint-venture to share insights with the virtualization community.

This project is an independent research joint venture between Login Consultants and PQR.  The project's primary purpose is to release multiple whitepapers that provide information about the scalability and best practices of virtualized Terminal Server and Desktop workloads.  The first phase of Project VRC is on virtualizing Windows XP and 32-bit Windows 2003 Terminal Services on ESX, XenServer and Hyper-V.

The Project leaders, Ruben Spruijt and Jeroen van de Kamp, have known each other for a long time and share the same passion for these technologies.  Because this Project VRC is a huge undertaking, PQR and Log•in consultants decided to combine their resources in order to share in the work and deliver the desired results to market.  Both organizations share the same technical vision, which is critically important in complicated projects like these.

Project VRC's stated goal is to investigate, validate and give answers to the following questions:

  • How does various Microsoft Windows Client OS’s  scale as a virtual desktop?
  • How does a VDI infrastructure scale in comparison (virtualized) Terminal Server?
  • Which performance optimization on the host and guest virtualization level can be configured, and what is the impact of these settings on user density?
  • With the introduction of the latest hypervisor technologies, can we now recommend running large scale TS/CTX workloads on a virtualization platform?
  • How do the two usage scenarios compare, that is Microsoft Terminal Server [TS] only, versus TS plus XenApp?
  • How do x86 and x64 TS platforms compare in scalability on bare metal and virtualized environments?
  • What is the best way to partition (memory and vCPU) the Virtual Machines the hypervisor host, to achieve the highest possible user density?

Check out reports such as XenServer Platform Performance Index v1.0, VMware Platform Performance Index v1.0, Hyper-v Platform Performance Index v1.0, and Bare-Metal Platform Performance Index v1.0. 

All together over 150 tests have been carried out so far.  But Project VRC is not finished, and probably never will be.  The group has additional publications planned that cover virtualizing x64 workloads and Vista and Windows 7 client OSes.  The group said they also look forward to evaluating new innovations in the hypervisor, broker and hardware arena.

Published Monday, January 26, 2009 6:02 AM by David Marshall
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