Pivot3 Releases vSTAC R2S P Cubed Rapid Horizon Appliance

Pivot3, a leading supplier of virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) converged infrastructure appliances, today announced the vSTAC R2S P Cubed appliance, a fully pre-configured and ready-to-deploy environment for VMware® Horizon™ Suite. The vSTAC R2S P Cubed appliance enables companies to rapidly deploy, test and scale-out the latest VMware Horizon Suite environment in a couple of hours, rather than weeks rusbank.net.

“Pivot3’s R2S P Cubed appliance, which delivers a fully pre-configured Horizon Suite environment out-of-the-box, is a huge win for customers,” said Leah Schoeb, sr. partner at The Evaluator Group. “Anyone who has tried to install and configure all of the Horizon Suite elements will tell you that its a daunting set of tasks. Simplicity of deployment, an attractive price point and ease of scale-out make this Rapid Horizon Appliance a game changing alternative for any Horizon deployments.”

Compatible with the existing R2 family, the vSTAC R2S P Cubed leverages the new vSTAC R2S appliance, which includes a processor upgrade (2 x dual 8 core Ivy Bridge E5-2650 v2 processors) to deliver increased performance and a lower per desktop price. The Pivot3 vSTAC R2S P Cubed ready-to-deploy Horizon Suite environment includes pre-configured trial licenses of all essential VMware Horizon Suite software. With vSTAC R2S P Cubed, users are able to run between 117 to 154 virtual desktops and scale compute, storage and network resources linearly by adding additional vSTAC R2S appliances. By automatically aggregating and load balancing storage resources across appliances, VMware Horizon Suite resources are always able to achieve optimal performance. Additionally, when organizations deem it is necessary to scale out, they can simply add R2S appliances to their existing vSTAC cluster.

Unlike all other VDI hybrid storage or converged infrastructure appliances, the vSTAC R2 and R2S appliances are uniquely purpose built to cost-effectively handle the IOP needs for VMware Horizon View, along with the capacity needs of VMware Horizon Mirage and VMware Horizon Workspace all within the same appliance. By leveraging VMware’s View Storage Accelerator, Pivot3 customers can benefit from in-memory caching performance without having to pay for unnecessary and expensive read-side media.

“For organizations that are considering VMware Horizon Suite deployments but are stumped by the infrastructure complexities, vSTAC R2S P Cubed offers the flexibility and cost-efficiencies that allow these companies to simply and quickly start small and then grow big at their own pace with their VMware Horizon deployments,” said Olivier Thierry, chief marketing officer at Pivot3. “Our solution is built to act as a stepping stone for companies that want to implement a VMware Horizon Suite environment at their own pace and in a simplified manner. They are given the control to scale as they see fit and build off their initial investment to achieve a maximum ROI.”

The vSTAC R2S P Cubed Rapid Horizon Appliance includes the following installed and pre-configured components:

P3 Scale-Out Virtual SAN (vSTAC OS)

Core Infrastructure

  • Microsoft Active Directory
  • Microsoft SQL Express
  • VMware vCenter
  • VMware vSphere

VMware Horizon Workspace 1.0

  • Application Manager
  • Data

VMware Horizon View 5.2

  • View Composer
  • View Connection Server
  • Golden Desktop Image

VMware Horizon Mirage 4.0


    • 6 x Microsoft Windows Server 2008 licenses
    • Microsoft Windows 7 (trial license)
    • VMware Horizon Suite 1.0 100 Pack (trial license)

Pivot3 has a broad range of Professional Services that are available to partners in order to get customers up and running rapidly and efficiently, helping to maximize the value of Horizon Suite and Pivot3 converged infrastructure. Pivot3’s vSTAC R2S P Cubed appliance will be available for order in October 2013. List pricing for the vSTAC R2S P Cubed starts at $34,999.