What is Atlantis USX software defined storage? How does it work on Citrix XenServer? What does the impact of hyper converged on Citrix XenDesktop/XenApp workloads? If I'm using Citrix XenServer for non-VDI workloads, is software defined storage applicable to me? This is (an updated) Part I in a blog series looking to answer such questions and provide insight into the possibilities of reducing the costs of delivering a virtualised Citrix Workspace environment, while improving the user experience.
Atlantis USX is software defined storage platform, designed to abstract different storage types and increase the efficiency of hardware based storage. Atlantis USX is a pure software solution, the USX software can be used with Citrix XenServer (and/or VMware vSphere) deployed on your own choice of server hardware be it HP, Dell, IBM, Cisco, SuperMicro.. or whatever.
Atlantis USX can be used to pool SAN, NAS, DAS and even RAM storage. It can accelerate storage performance while at the same time, increasing storage capacity. With USX, you can transition seamlessly from costly shared storage systems to lower cost hyper-converged systems and public cloud storage.
Back in 2015 I started this series with USX 2.2 on XenServer 6.5. In this updated version, I'm going to take a look again at using Atlantis USX in a Citrix XenServer environment: this time, with Atlantis USX v3.5.1, and XenServer 7.0 as Atlantis USX 3.x is available on the Citrix XenServer 6.5/7.0 HCL and a promise to get it finished so Neil is happy.
The USX & XenServer blog series is going to cover the following:-
- Part I - The Test Environment & Import AMC for USX 3.5
- Part II - Atlantis USX Setup
- Part III - Creating a Simple In Memory Volume
- Part IV - Creating a Simple Flash Volume
- Part V - Creating a Simple Hybrid Volume
- Part VI - Creating an All Flash Volume
- Part VII - Creating a Hybrid Volume
- Part VIII - Management
- Part IX - Maintenance
Let's start again at the very beginning..