Jan 17, 2014

What is a VDI boot storm?

Boot storms and how to avoid them

"A "boot storm" is the tremendous performance drain experienced when hundreds or thousands of users logon at, or near, the same time in VDI environments. The drag on network throughput, host performance and SAN I/O can be devastating to an unprepared VDI installation. Some of the pressure can be eased by building the environment according to some best practices laid out by virtualization vendors. But, there are a few areas that you might not have considered when constructing your VDI infrastructure. Now, you should consider them, regardless of where you are in your VDI implementation.

In our excitement to toss desktop management to the data center, it's possible that we've made a few mistakes along the way. We didn't expect boot storms to have quite the effect that they have on resources and productivity. It's significant and it's frustrating. "

It is when a ton (technical term) of users attempt to log on at the same time in a VDI environment, which causes significant performance degradation. Here is an article that goes deeper into it. 


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