#SYN251, #ProjectVRC is back with State of the Union Survey Updates and some new tests

#SYN251, #ProjectVRC is back with State of the Union Survey Updates and some new tests.

Ruben and Jeroen do not disappoint with their yearly update on what Tests they have done. They are using UCS and a Hitachi SAN and of LoginVSI for all their tests this year.

Went over some of the State of the VDI & SBC union survey and a couple tests that were great as usual. Upgrade to vSphere 5.5 was the main thing and Hyper-V is really close and Office 2013 stinks.

Office 2007, 2010 and 2013:
72% use office 2010. 20% less users when using 2013 over 2007 and 2010 but it is CPU and 4 times the RAM. Performance tuning for 2013 are negligible also.

App-V vs ThinApp:
When using View almost 49% and 38% when using XenDesktop from the survey
App-V 5.0 has some performance problems

Anti Virus Being Used:
Microsoft, Symantec and McAfee and Trend Micro are the top 4.
Trend Micro Deep Security tests were done and with and without tuning are close on the CPU but the Read IO differences are huge but overall just 10% overhead for this.

Windows 7, 8 and 8.1:
80% of those surveyed are using windows 7 with a majority using 64 bit and 2 CPUs.
32 bit desktop OS are closes and use windows 8.1 does have a overhead compared to 8 and 7.
64bit desktop OS are not as close with 8.1 costing 30% overhead.
32 vs 64 bit in windows 7 doesn’t have any huge differences
Windows 8 Tuning can get you 20% more density (scheduled task)
Server 2008 R2 , 2012 and 2012 R2:
Almost 70% from the survey are using 2008 R2
2012 R2 has a 30% performance hit.
Optimizing 2012 will only by you 1%

persistent and share desktops:
Shared image is dominant our there
Office 2010 Indexing impacts are around 5% and it requires a lot of IO, outlook search can be a painful aspect of use VDI environment.

VDI and SBC:
54% use SBC and VDI in the survey
When VDI only is deployed View had 60% adoption
vSphere 5.5 with server 2008 R2 can have 30% difference over 5.1 so upgrade

Hypervisor Battle:
VMware dominates at 70% with XenServer at 10%
5.5 and 2012 R2 is a close battle and 5.1 is over 15% slower than 5.5 on VDI and SBC

BareMetal:
5x VMs with 8 CPU gave more density over 10x 4 CPUs
Less than 2% overhead when doing bare metal compared to 5.5 and 2012 R2

Win7 and 2008 R2 as DaaS:
Single user terminal server you will get 20% more users with a server OS over a desktop OS.