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Feature Story - TurboCloud
Today desktop virtualization is offered as a local area solution. Replacing desktop PCs with thin clients and porting the processing power and operating system to the cloud offers benefits often called Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS). These benefits include lower total cost of ownership per desk top unit and reduced systems administrations costs. The constraint is that today most desktop virtualization installations are based on a ‘local cloud’ and the economy of scale of the public cloud is not included in the cost equation. Specifically constraints of the public internet related to quality of experience. In the absence of guarantees related to bandwidth and delay the video rendered by desktop virtualization server hardware will be subject to image degradation and image stuttering in a public cloud scenario. How can QoE be provided and over what type of environment?
The principal finding from the experiment were that DaaS requires a controlled network to provide an acceptable user-experience. Using VPS technology DaaS can be provided on infrastructure with the following characteristics or service-level agreement (SLA):
- At least 5Mbps of bandwidth
- A maximum of 50ms delay
- A maximum of 3% packet loss
The BonFIRE facility provides this experiment with a diverse array of hardware on which to execute performance benchmarks and test applications accessed in a controllable and uniform manner. BonFIRE’s ability to create network configurations with controlled bandwidth and delay was critical for the experiment. Moreover, the ability to request deployments with the same specifications repeatedly is important for the different experiment phases.