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Just finished a webinar with Verde Virtual Bridges, which is being pushed by our local IBM sales representative.

A quick breakdown of Verde

  • Built in High Availability and Load Balancing (DRS)
  • Utilizes KVM hypervisor on bare metal hardware distributed via CentOS
  • PXE boot or USB boot Thin-Client management where possible
  • Offline desktops capable using SmartSync
  • Ability to use Linux as a VDI target
  • Active Directory, E-Directory or LDAP integration
  • Ability to use clustered storage such as IBM GPFS
  • Geographically separated “Branch Server” functionality

Overall, Verde seems to be incredibly similar to Citrix Provisioning Services. However, my concern is supportability. Aside from IBM, KVM and Verde seem to be invisible to the industry standard infrastructure providers like Citrix, HP and Dell.

Storage for Verde is still a blank spot with me, we were continually assured that high performance (SSD) disk would not be required since local disk is utilized. This presents an interested concept considering all of our blade configs only come with dual SAS drives resulting in 600 IOPS max. Leaving me wonder where the magic sauce is.

Unfortunately, I was left with more questions than answers, as most of the questions I asked were unanswered. I think the Verde engineer we were paired with, was more of a sales engineer, rather than high-end technical. Hopefully I can get back together with Verde and re-hash their product technically.

Currently Verde is only certified on IBM PureFlex aka FlexSystems

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Eric Sarakaitis

Virtualization Engineer at CBTS
I'm Eric, I love to cook, sing, garden and enjoy cold beverages!

1 Comment

  1. James Koehn says:

    Eric – This is a pretty accurate analysis of our flagship VDI solution, VERDE. Shortly after this post was written, we severed ties with IBM for reasons i will not go into here. Net/net is that VERDE installs on industry standard x86 hardware…period. As for the shared storage requirement: our main focus is to reduce this footprint (cost) as much as possible. Our built in CACHE I/O functionality allows us to offload most of the IOPS onto local storage of the compute nodes (this is why blade servers are not recommended). On another note, we are launching our next product, Bridgepoint, which is our cloud-based desktop orchestration. Initially this will deploy on OpenStack and VMware private clouds. Let me know if you would like to discuss VERDE or Bridgepoint further. Thanks for the post.

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