SoftNAS with VDI accelerates performance!

Be more productive than ever before by delivering ​cloud desktops with LOB cloud applications and data​.

Cloud Desktops Next to Business Apps and Data​

  • Cloud desktops delivered in the cloud region nearest the user, providing the best user experience increasing productivity and satisfaction.​
  • Migrated LOB applications running next to the cloud desktop lowers latency and increased speed​.
  • Users get better than PC performance because they are accessing data center class hardware. ​No Form Factor Limitations.
  • On-prem application traffic flows through high performance Azure backbone​
  • Teams, O365 etc. run on the same high-performance Azure backbone as your desktops​
  • No data flows through virtual desktop (better for security and performance) ​
  • LOB web applications running next to the desktop

User Satisfaction

Cloud desktop users expect on-premises performance. To deliver a complete cloud desktop experience you need reduce bottlenecks at the desktop, business applications, and storage. Cloud desktop, LOB cloud applications, Web applications all run at full speed with low latency, increasing satisfaction.

Reduce cost


  • SoftNASutilizes storage options: Block storage comes in SSD, HDD and cold storage, SoftNAS manages the storage layer to make it highly available and fast at the lowest cost​.

  • SoftNAS offers inline deduplication of data files that are compared block by block for redundancies, which are then eliminated, and, in most cases, data is reduced by 50 – 80%.
  • SoftNAS has data compression to reduces the number of bits needed to represent the data It’s a simple process and can reduce storage cost by 50-75%.
  • SoftNAS SmartTiers™ moves aging data from expensive, high-performance block storage to less expensive block storage, reducing storage costs by up to 67%​.
  • SoftNAS offers the lowers price per GB for cloud storage – even lower than Azure Files.


​Increase LOB application performance

SoftNAS has direct connectivity to cloud block storage and provides a private connection to clients owned by your organization. Four main levers change the performance characteristics of cloud-based clients and applications.

  1. Increase the Compute, RAM, and Network speed of the cloud NAS instance. AWS and Azure virtual machines come with a wide variety of computing configurations. The more compute resources you allocate to your cloud NAS, the greater access you have to cache, Throughput, and IOPS.
  2. Utilize L1 and L2 cache. A cloud NAS would automatically use ½ of system RAM as an L1 cache. You can configure the NAS to use NMVE or SSD disk per storage pool for additional cache performance.​
  3. Using default client protocols increases performance to storage. The default protocol for Linux is NFS, Windows default protocol is CIFS, and both operating systems can access storage through iSCSI. Although Windows can connect to storage with NFS, it is best to use default protocols, as Windows NFS is notoriously slow. With workloads such as SQL, iSCSI would be the preferred protocol for database storage.​
  4. Having a dedicated channel from the client to the NAS provides predictable performance. A cloud NAS improves performance by having dedicated storage attached to the NAS and a dedicated connection to the client, coupled with dedicated cache and CPU to move data fast.
 Increase LOB application performance

SoftNAS out performs AWS EFS, FSx and Azure Files. Read more about SoftNAS performance in the performance blog and ebook.​