Workload Considerations for Virtual Desktop Reference Architectures Info Guide

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March 27, 2012

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The purpose of this paper is to introduce a desktop workload tool that generates a realistic, adjustable, workload, with various applications, in the desktop virtual machine. The results gathered (regarding CPU usage, memory utilization, storage, and network) can then be analyzed to identify appropriateness / readiness of a given environment to run virtual desktops. This tool, called the VDI Reference Architecture Workload Code (RAWC), has been used in numerous studies to simulate application workloads for various user types. It can be configured to simulate light, medium, or heavy user characteristics, including the types of applications used, in a typical Windows desktop environment.