What is VDI?
Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) refers to the delivery of end-user desktop environments through centralized virtualization infrastructure. Individual desktops are hosted on one or more servers as virtual machines, and consumed via a thin-client, kiosk, mobile device, or existing desktop hardware.
What is the value of VDI?
- VDI can be an effective way to drive benefits for both end-users and IT administrators, including:
- Mobility – Your desktop anywhere, any time, any device
- Security – Increased physical and logical security of data
- Manageability – Consistent, centrally administered policies and service-levels
- Flexibility – Quickly spin-up test/dev environments
- OPEX savings – Reduce operating expenses through shared infrastructure and improved manageability
- VDI is a great use-case for Simplivity Hyperconvergence
- Low latency and high performance, even during periods of peak demand
- High density of desktops per node
- Linear and granular scalability of x86 building blocks
- Rapid deployment of new virtual desktops
- Simplified infrastructure and management (lower OPEX)
Do you need the following capabilities?
- Ability to start small and scale to match demand
- Predictable performance during peak demand periods
- Favorable price vs. performance ratio
- Rapid deployment of new desktops
- High density of desktops per CPU core
- Refresh of existing legacy infrastructure
- Consolidate more desktops onto a smaller IT footprint
- Reduce operating expenses and management overhead
- Infrastructure consolidation project where VDI is part of a mixed workload
- High sensitivity to data protection for VDI management servers and persistent desktops
What about the User experience:
The success or failure of a VDI project often hinges on user adoption. If users are plagued by constant delays, outages, data loss, or interruptions, they are likely to reject the solution and leave the organization stuck with a costly investment and little to show for it. Relevant factors for user experience include:
- Desktop performance – Especially during periods of peak demand (e.g. login storms and boot storms) when the infrastructure is flooded with traffic.
- Speed of desktop provisioning – Ability to provision desktops quickly in order to meet additional demand.
- Speed of infrastructure deployment – Ability to rapidly scale the infrastructure in order to meet additional demand.
- Resiliency against downtime – Downtime and data loss can impair the user experience and disrupt business operations
And Total Cost and Return on Investment:
If the cost to deliver an adequate user experience is far beyond the expected returns, the project is likely to be considered a failure because of a lack of ROI. Factors that contribute to ROI include:
- Cost per desktop – A product of the overall solution cost and the density of desktops that can be supported by the solution.
- Aligning IT investment with demand – Avoiding overprovisioning by paying only for the resources you need, when you need them.
- Operational efficiency and TCO – Ability to lower total cost of ownership by saving on operational costs like time, labor, and ongoing hosting costs.
Consider Project risk and complexity:
- The journey towards desktop virtualization can be daunting, with many unique requirements, vendors, and concepts to navigate
- High volatility of desktop workloads compared to server workloads makes it difficult to appropriately size and plan VDI deployments
- Traditional infrastructure solutions add to this complexity by requiring multiple products such as servers, SAN, storage, and data protection software, with multiple points of management, in order to deploy, manage, and protect virtual desktops
SimpliVity’s market - leading hyperconverged infrastructure solution delivers VDI without compromise – the ultimate user experience, with superior economics
SimpliVity’s Unique Advantages for VDI
- Differentiating performance, with independent validation from Login VSI and ESG
- Validated VDI performance metrics that are ahead of our key competitors
- Ability to address login storms with 1,000 logins in 1,000 seconds
- Ultra-fast provisioning: 1,000 desktops deployed in 70 minutes
- Ability to start small and scale to match demand – from pilot to production
- Linear and granular scaling of x86 building blocks
- Ability to start a VDI deployment with only two nodes
- Leverage new and existing infrastructure to scale compute and memory using compute nodes
- More desktops on less hardware
- Highest density of virtual desktops per node in the hyperconverged category
- Ability to deploy full-clone desktop with the same efficiency and savings of linked-clones
- Simplified management – global unified management, consolidation of all products and services for virtual workloads
- Enterprise data protection and resiliency
- High availability to withstand node outage with minimal performance impact and no desktops lost
- Built-in backup and disaster recovery for VDI management servers and user data
What Customers Using SimpliVity for VDI are saying:
- “Before SimpliVity, IT was constantly flooded with support tickets due to our VDI performance… SimpliVity has been the ideal solution for us. We were able to:
- reduce our data center footprint,
- reduce power costs, and, most importantly,
- our users are finally happy with our VDI performance.” – Guelph Hydro
- The increasing need for information access and ability to scale at a moment’s notice propelled John’s Riverside Hospital to choose SimpliVity, as opposed to continuing with their legacy architecture.
- After deploying SimpliVity, MyiOffice saw an improvement in performance of up to 75% and a reduction in application deployment time from 1 month to 1 day
SimpliVity’s reference architectures and Login VSI validated performance testing demonstrate that it can easily scale to 4,000 or more desktops in a single VDI building block, the highest in the hyperconverged category.