Early 2007 we, two competitors, community friends and fellow CTO’s, Jeroen van de Kamp and Ruben Spruijt, had a wild idea. There was a clear demand for unbiased and independent information in the world of Application and Desktop Virtualization, and there was a lack of an industry leading benchmarking platform. It was also time for a ‘Reality Check’ to the vendors who spread their server and desktop virtualization FUD all over the place.
We teamed-up, started working closer together and since we both love to get stuff done, we started a great and unique community ‘Project Virtual Reality Check’ and achieved awesome results both individually and as a team. Time flies when having fun and what a great adventure it has been. Every well managed project also has an end-date. For Project VRC and its successor TeamVRC this date is February 2016, the end of an era and the start of something new.
We made the deliberate choice to refocus efforts that continue the original objectives: research and investigation that benefit the community and make organizations more successful in VDI.
We will continue with our jointly developed Workspace2020 content and share our CTO perspectives on various international events. Individually Jeroen will focus on new community project called ‘VDI like a Pro’ and will release new white papers and other resources with new best practices. Ruben will extend his industry reach to Datacenter, Cloud and Storage while lead and contribute to community projects such as ‘Team Remote Graphics Experts – TeamRGE.com’, Smackdown white papers and the unique IT comparison website WhatMatrix.com. There is also something new and unique on the horizon beneficial for the VDI community so stay tuned.
Project VRC highlights
Project VRC highlights start with adiscussion about statistics: Over the past seven years our whitepapers were downloaded close to 100.000 times in total. Over 20.000 people registered on Project VRC’s website. We did more than 50 VRC deep-dive performance tuning presentations on every major virtualization event around the globe, including VMworld, Citrix Synergy, TechEd and BriForum. The feedback from the audience was overall very positive and VRC sessions often were rated with a Top5 score.
More than 2500 test runs were performed to test more than 350 different configurations with different server platforms and CPU configurations, Operating Systems, Hypervisors, Anti-Virus solutions, Application Virtualization products and Microsoft Office versions. We also conducted and analyzed the results from three industry State of the VDI and SBC Union surveys: in total more than 2500 people participated, and the findings were referred countless times by industry observers and leaders.
From day one, Project VRC was always a team effort, so a big shout out to community friends Sven Huisman, Ryan Bijkerk, Ment van der Plas, Berend Sikkema, Dennis Geerlings, Stefan Raben, Omar Bouhaj and Jonathan Munier who all helped us in finding and presenting great content through an almost endless stream of tests. Special thanks to HP, Cisco, Hitachi Data Systems and PQR for supporting our cause by making much needed hardware resources available for testing. Also a special mention to Simon Crosby, then as CTO for Citrix, for its very vocal support for Project VRC as an independent research institute.
Looking back, we are proud of the fact that we helped, in our own little way, to move forward the still immature VDI industry in its early days by finding new best practices that made big improvements in the user experience and scalability. We found numerous new best practices, however one of our favorite findings still is what we like to lovingly call ‘the Red Bull setting’ or officially ‘HIMP tuning’ for VMware ESX 4.x which allowed up to 25% more desktop sessions (not needed in ESX 5 and up anymore), for free.
Always a team
“You are not a team because you work together. You are a team because you respect, trust and care for each other“. That is what we both do.
"Every good thing happens outside your comfort zone" We both failed a lot, learned a lot and had a great time with Project VRC. Thanks for tuning in and for the tremendous support we got over all the years and we are looking forward to meet you in other great community projects.
-Jeroen van de Kamp and Ruben Spruijt