Enabling VDI through a converged infrastructure
The virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) market is growing rapidly, with deployments beginning to approach some of the lofty expectations analysts predicted several years ago. About 80% of companies with 5,000 or fewer employees are now considering VDI as part of their IT strategies, according to research from Dimensional Research.
The top three VDI benefits cited by IT professionals are:
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- Easier maintenance and support
- Faster deployment of desktops
- Reduced hardware costs
Given these benefits, you can see why the availability of converged infrastructure solutions is helping to drive the growth of the VDI market. Converged infrastructure is all about easier maintenance and support, faster deployment of IT resources and reduced costs.
In fact, VDI is described in a Wikibon article as "the killer application of converged infrastructure." The author points out that a converged infrastructure simplifies the creation of the hardware stack and streamlines management, noting, "When moving from a traditional desktop environment to VDI, a significant question is, ‘What group owns the infrastructure?’ Converged infrastructure solutions put the management of the VDI infrastructure into the virtualization administrator’s domain."
Here are some of the ways in which converged infrastructure helps to enable VDI:
- Faster deployments: Organizations can get VDI seats up and running more quickly with a converged infrastructure and also scale them more quickly through the use of shared resource pools for servers, storage and network bandwidth. With the right converged infrastructure solution or platform in place, you don’t have to worry about buying more storage or adding more switches every time you add new users.
- Simplified manageability: IT can manage all users centrally from a single console, controlling patch management, new application deployments, software upgrades, security and maintenance.
- Reduced hardware costs: Early deployments of VDI put a lot of pressure on underlying storage capacity and network bandwidth. With converged infrastructure, IT can do a much better job of capacity planning and deploy prepackaged solutions that meet all of the hardware requirements of the VDI deployment.
One of the biggest opportunities on the horizon is for small and midsize businesses, along with remote branch offices, to utilize converged infrastructure to enable VDI solutions. These organizations need optimized solutions that are easy to deploy, configure and manage for a limited number of virtual desktops.
For these types of environments, Dell's PowerEdge VRTX can be a perfect solution. PowerEdge VRTX is a shared infrastructure platform that combines all the necessary resources for server, storage, networking and management into a single chassis solution that can fit under a desk in a small office.
Deploying VDI using PowerEdge VRTX enables SMBs and branch offices to address some of their unique challenges, such as:
- Space constraints, with little tolerance for excessive heat or noise levels
- Hardware sprawl
- Complexity of IT tools
- Lack of an IT expert on site
- Lack of a data center infrastructure with special power and cooling capabilities
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If you’re ready to deploy VDI, or considering it, Wikibon suggests the following action item: "Consider putting the [VDI] application on a converged stack. A stack of storage, compute and networking provides a solid platform for piloting a VDI deployment that can grow into full production."
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