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 and server-side 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 uses VDI and the hardware infrastructure of your choice and is scalable from a few virtual machines running on one host up to hundreds of virtual machines distributed across a cluster of hosts.
The standard View Planner workload applications are representative of those typical for virtual desktop users, such as word processor, spreadsheet, web browser, document viewer, etc. View Planner also supports plugging in custom workloads developed by users.
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 instead of results estimated from server-side performance measurements.
As a View Planner test is executed the completion times for the application operations are measured in nanoseconds. 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.