VMware View Planner is the first comprehensive standard methodology for comparing virtual desktop deployment platforms. Using patented technology, View Planner generates a realistic measure of client-side desktop performance for all desktops being measured on the virtual desktop platform. View Planner uses a rich set of commonly used applications as the desktop workload.
View Planner provides a consistent methodology that captures the overall scalability of the deployment platform as well as the performance of each individual application operation within a given desktop. The number of virtual desktops for which workloads have met a defined performance threshold determines the overall benchmark score.
The benchmark utilizes VMware vSphere and VMware View as the virtualization infrastructure running on hardware infrastructure of choice, and is scalable from a few virtual machines running on one VMware vSphere host up to hundreds of virtual machines distributed across a cluster of vSphere hosts.
View Planner uses workload applications that are representative of those typically used for virtual desktop users, such as word processor, spreadsheet, web browsing, document viewing, etc. VMware has worked closely with its partners to design and implement the benchmark across various platforms, and has also gathered extensive customer feedback to understand benchmarking needs for virtual desktop platform deployments.
VMware View Planner uses exclusive patented technology to accurately measure the client-side performance of a virtual desktop. This gives accurate real-life performance results as opposed to estimated results from server side performance measurements.
As a View Planner test is being executed the completion times for the application operations are measured. Operations are grouped as CPU intensive (Group A), I/O intensive (Group B), and operations that apply load in the background (Group C). A resulting View Planner score is the number of desktops for which at least 95 percent of both the operations in Group A and in Group B had completion times under defined thresholds.