Read Latency on Virtual desktops

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We have several users complaining of slowness on their virtual desktops.  When looking at monitoring in VSphere, I notice high spikes of read latency.  Write latency, no issues.  The virtual machines are 1 CPU, 2 Cores, 32-bit windows 7 machines with vmagent 5.3.5.  Hosts are ESX Cisco UCS boxes running 5.5.  

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Have you observed this slowness, and is it acceptable, and affecting service and users expectations ?

Is it worse now, that when you qualified the virtual machines, at Implementation.

We always find users complain of slowness!

This is often the issue with Virtual Machine, and Windows 7 Virtual Desktops, and it can be overcome, by changing the datastore to a All Flash, Hybrid Flash, or using Flash Cache, such as FVP - http://pernixdata.com/products.

What underlying datastore are you using ? All Flash ?

We've been using and deploying/implenting Fusion-IO products since 2008/2009, Fusion-IO have come along way, and now their products are OEM and rebranded by HP and Dell.

We have been using the IO-DriveDuo 640GB, sized accordingly for the number of VDI desktops required. Fusion IO has been acquired now by SanDisk

http://www.fusionio.com/products/iodrive-duo/

FusionIO IO-DriveDuo 640GB
(~200,000 IOPS and >800MB/s throughput per card)

and we now also use all flash arrays, Tegile Systems, or we use http://pernixdata.com/products which its before the spinning rust.

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We use a vendor brand SAN with fiber channels. We have 200 virtual machines.  I've tried to move the affected VM to another datastore and same result. I've been monitoring this same virtual machine and in a 1 hour period, it spike to 359ms one time and another to alittle over 100ms. Again, only read, write never spikes over 10-20ms.  We currently have 4 datastores with DRS turned on.  It's roughly 5-10 users out of the 200.  Different Host and Different Datastores.  Too many variables, hence the reason I'm asking here...
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What are these VMs doing ?

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I would say simple operational tasks.  The affected folks are business, not IT or anything like that.  They might have several office apps open at the same time, IE, nothing major really.

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