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Demartek Evaluation: VDI Evaluation of Dell PowerEdge R7425 Servers

August 2018

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) is an alternative to deploying dozens or even hundreds of individual desktop computers.

From an IT perspective, hundreds of desktop environments can be managed and secured from a single common server. In addition, tasks such as updating system parameters, applying security policies and performing data protection activities are centralized and performed from a single server.

From an end-user perspective, VDI provides an individual desktop environment that is customized to its users and provides those users the freedom to roam to different locations and use different devices to access their personal environment.

While VDI environments vary widely from a user and workload perspective, many of which require GPUs in the underlying infrastructure, many are often used for typical office worker tasks that do not require a separate graphics processing unit (GPU).

In order to test the suitability and robustness of a new server architecture for VDI environments, Dell commissioned Demartek to evaluate the performance of the Dell PowerEdge R7425 with two AMD EPYC 7551 32-core processors for non-GPU environments running the Login VSI Knowledge Worker workload. The Knowledge Worker workload used Microsoft Windows 10 Pro with Microsoft Office 2016 in each desktop virtual machine.

Report: VDI Evaluation of Dell PowerEdge R7425 Servers

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