Project VRC released new white paper about impact of antivirus on VDI

I don’t post official announcement from companies usually but I have to good reasons to post this one :

  • This is a very interesting and useful reading, a must know data you need to have in mind and it’s refreshed often enough to stick to the real world environment.
  • Then two of my CTP mates are leading this project with great enthusiasm : Jeroen VanDeKamp and Ruben Spruijt.

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Amsterdam, 17 January, 2013 – Project Virtual Reality Check (Project VRC) is pleased to announce the release of the long awaited ‘Phase V’ white paper which provides independent insights in the impact and best practices of various antivirus (AV) solutions on VDI performance.

The R&D project ‘Virtual Reality Check’ (VRC) was started in early 2009 by the Dutch IT companies PQR (www.pqr.com) and Login Consultants (www.loginconsultants.com) and focuses on research in the desktop virtualization market. Several white papers were published about the performance and best practices of different hypervisors, application virtualization solutions and Windows Operating Systems in server hosted desktop solutions.

This new white paper contains the test results of the VDI performance impact of the antivirus solutions from three leading vendors: McAfee, Microsoft and Symantec.

When VDI is implemented into production, performance is often a serious issue. A performance impact of up to 40 percent is not unusual after antivirus is installed.” said Jeroen van de Kamp, CTO of Login Consultants “While this aspect has been less of an issue with PC’s or laptops, with performance sensitive environments like VDI it means you need to invest in servers and storage. This was the reason for us to investigate, and provide objective data about, the exact impact of antivirus on VDI”.

It is important to highlight the fact that Project VRC does not evaluate the quality of the security features of the different AV products, but only provides information about the impact these solutions have on VDI performance” said Ruben Spruijt, CTO of PQR “By testing and comparing different solutions and configurations we discovered the best practice to perform a pre-scan of the master image before it’s deployed. The effect is huge and therefore highly recommended”.

Another key finding published in the white paper is that antivirus off-loading architectures makes a big difference from a storage IO point of view, but not always from a session density point of view.

All Project VRC tests are performed with Login VSI (www.loginvsi.com), the industry standard benchmarking tool for VDI. This software tool simulates typical user workloads to objectively test the performance of VDI and Server Based Computing environments. The full test methodology is described in the white paper.

This and all other Project VRC white papers can be downloaded for free at www.projectvrc.com. To keep up-to-date with the latest developments you can follow Project VRC on Twitter @ProjectVRC.

About PQR

PQR is the specialist for professional IT infrastructures with focus on safe and manageable availability of data, applications and workstations with optimal user experience. PQR provides its customers with innovative IT solutions that ensure optimal application availability and manageability, without complex processes. Simplicity in IT, that’s what PQR stands for.

PQR focuses on four main themes:

  • Data & System Availability
  • Application & Desktop Delivery
  • Secure Access & Secure Networking
  • Advanced IT Infrastructure & Management

PQR was founded in 1990, is located in De Meern, The Netherlands, and has over 100 employees. In the fiscal year 2011/2012, PQR achieved a turnover of € 94.9 million and a net profit after tax of € 4.6 million. For more information visit www.pqr.com

About Login Consultants

Login Consultants is an independent international IT service provider specialized in End User Computing. We help our clients in finding the optimal balance between IT control and end user flexibility. Our goal is an innovative and unique solution, which simplifies future change. Our success with our customers is built on the quality of integration combined with a smart migration approach and the manageability of the solution after deployment.

Login Consultants has an experienced team with over 140 consultants in The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. Our consultants have accreditations from Microsoft, Citrix and VMware, and are regularly invited to speak at national and international events. They are involved as experts in online and printed IT publications and actively participate in relevant technical blogs. For more information visit www.loginconsultants.com

About Login VSI

Login Virtual Session Indexer (Login VSI) is a vendor independent benchmarking tool to objectively test and measure the performance and scalability of Virtual Desktop Infrastructures and Server Based Computing environments by simulating unique user workloads. Leading IT-analysts recognize and recommend Login VSI as the de-facto industry standard benchmarking tool for VDI and SBC. Login VSI can be used to test VMware View, Citrix XenDesktop and XenApp, Microsoft Remote Desktop Services or any other Windows based hosted desktop solution. For more information visit www.loginvsi.com

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