Written in partnership with Arron Lock, VMware Senior Technical Marketing Manager.
Simplicity [sim-plis-i-tee], noun:
freedom from complexity, intricacy or division into parts
You’re kicking off a project to deploy virtual desktops (VDI). It’s a journey that starts with assessing compute, memory and storage requirements and ends—eventually—with production desktops. Sound familiar? Well, leveraging VCE VxRail to deploy VMware Horizon VDI can radically simplify the process.
Here are five reasons why:
Reason #1: It’s Easy to Get Up & Running
The planning and design phase of traditional architecture involves coordination and negotiations with multiple groups, such as server/compute, storage and networking.
And there is anxiety, because the deployment needs to be future proof. The last thing you want to do is launch the production environment, only to have to essentially start over to add more desktops. Or the reverse- oversize the environment (and investment!) to cover all eventualities.
Instead of creating a future-proofed monstrosity that requires every IT group in the company to agree on it, and herculean efforts to get the required budget, you can start small with VxRail. The reason you can start small is because you know you can easily scale when needed. This assurance helps get projects out of the planning phase and minimizes the up-front costs.
I’ve written a few times about the amazing things people can accomplish with VMware Horizon FLEX. Let me quickly recap, and then share something new we’ve just calculated.
Horizon FLEX is essentially a centralized management console for the VMware Fusion and Workstation hypervisors. It does way more than that, but if you are in the business of enabling bring your own (BYO) but everyone still needs offline access to your corporate desktops, FLEX does that. If you need to deliver a legacy XP app to a modern Windows 10 platform, FLEX does that. If your field personnel carry more than one laptop, FLEX will save their aching spines.
And now back to why I’m writing this. If you regularly provide seasonal works and contractors with a computer, FLEX can save you 400 bucks per person. Let me explain.
We’ve been selling Horizon FLEX for about 18 months now. We can report that, on average, giving a contractor a Workstation or Fusion-powered desktop costs about $2,600. Add in the hardware required to support FLEX, and you still save almost 60% over the alternative.
Don’t believe me? See the math in our new infographic, and let me know what numbers you’re tracking.Continue reading →
After Hurricane Katrina destroyed Charity Hospital, a major academic and trauma facility in New Orleans built in 1937, the state of Louisiana decided to build a modern leading-edge facility to serve the community. The result was University Medical Center (UMC) New Orleans, a state-of-the-art academic medical center managed by LCMC Health with the region’s only Level 1 Trauma Center. Working on an accelerated seven-month schedule, the hospital’s IT staff built a low-cost, flexible virtualized system with VMware Horizon and App Volumes.
“App Volumes is actually one of the cooler technologies we employ here at the hospital. From an IT perspective, we want to say yes more than no. App Volumes makes it possible for us to say yes.” —Austin Park, Principal Consultant, LCMC Health
Simpler + Faster = More Time for Patient Care
The new virtualized infrastructure had to provide fast and complete access to medical records and an always-on, always-ready environment that responds quickly to medical professionals’ needs. Log-ins to virtual desktops for staff have been cut from two minutes to 15 seconds, a nearly 87.5% improvement. Continue reading →
by David Head, cloud services senior architect, VMware End-User Computing
When moving your desktop environment to the cloud, many questions arise around how an organization makes the move. The number one technical question we receive is:
How do I take my existing Desktop or RDSH SOE to VMware Horizon Air?
Many people envisage using the same process as they have for server workloads when moving to a cloud service—either copying via VPN or MPLS link or using an offline copy service and then couriering them to the cloud service.
While this is an option for traditional server workloads, desktop and RDSH workloads tend to be provisioned from a template and then constructed either on the fly or at least via a PCLM solution. Because of this, the idea of trying to send hundreds—if not thousands—of desktops to Horizon Air is not an option. So instead of trying to shift your entire desktop environment, let’s talk about two ways customers can get their SOE up and running in Horizon Air. Continue reading →
It’s the end of BriForum as we know it. Here are the highlights on the final agenda.
For more than a decade, some of the most experienced IT professionals have presented their vendor-neutral perspectives on all things desktop virtualization at the annual BriForum conference. In its twelfth year, BriForum will provide one last roadmap for navigating Windows 10, cloud-based technology, application management, enterprise mobility and identity.
That’s because BriForum is coming to an end after 2016 in light of the departure of the event’s founder, Brian Madden, from BrianMadden.com. The guy who started it all will talk about his 20 years in the virtualization industry in one last fireside chat at the Boston event this week, July 26–28.
But Brian promises this year’s BriForum won’t be all reminiscing and goodbyes. In fact, our very own VMware experts are headed to Boston to talk about what’s new and what’s ahead in virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) environments and business mobility:
It is no secret that deploying virtual desktops and apps can be challenging. System architects often need to build in features like redundancy, fault tolerance and high availability to avoid system crashes and a resulting mob of unhappy and unproductive users. Accommodating these requirements can drag out the planning and execution phases of a virtual desktop deployment.
The many rewards to virtualizing desktop and apps—improved data security, operational cost savings and the efficiency of centralized management, among many other benefits—make an increasing number of organizations take the plunge. So, how do you get to the benefits without the hassle in a much shorter time?
Leveraging Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Appliances (HCIAs) is one obvious choice. HCIAs:
Contain compute, memory and storage;
Typically have a single point of support;
Have lots of special sauce to get them up and running quickly; and
For six years, enterprises around the world have depended on FlexPod as their converged infrastructure of choice for delivering mission-critical workloads with greater performance, agility and economic value. In the first five years alone, over 6,300 customers deployed the platform, supported by more than 100 validated designs and 1,100-plus partners, who have built their data center practice around this solution.
As more organizations embrace the software-defined data center, we see several paths on how they can get there. One is certainly a “build-your-own” approach that requires the IT team to have deep architectural and operational expertise in sizing workload and building a system for performance that can scale in a linearly predictable way. But it also requires commitment to a sometimes-protracted design and deployment cycle, which can lengthen time-to-service and make ROI more elusive. Most aspire to a cloud-like model that offers the kind of service elasticity and predictable costs typically not found when stitching the required components together.
As many banks face tighter IT budgets, building a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is a cost-saving alternative to adding hundreds of new desktops. For New York-based Flushing Bank, though, the move to VDI wasn’t just about doing more on less budget. VDI was their best bet to strengthen security, according to a new article at Windows IT Pro.
BDP International helps chemical producers, major enterprises, pharmaceutical companies, oil and gas suppliers and major retailers track their product shipments around the world. BDP also provides their customers with just-in-time logistics to ensure sensitive shipments get where they need to be in days by land, sea and air.
However, BDP’s IT organization realized they couldn’t provide that same responsiveness to their own customers, the company’s employees located across 130 countries. When IT failed to successfully deploy their critical BDP application suite to Google Apps, they took it as a wakeup call.
The company sought out a true enterprise, scalable solution for their virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and found it in VMware Horizon. The Horizon platform provides BDP with a suite of solutions to deliver a digital workspace.
It used to be that graphics performance was purely the domain of CAD professionals, enthusiasts, creative agencies and the like. For the longest time, a virtual barrier existed between the haves and have-nots. The haves depend on an immersive, high-powered experience to get work done, while the have-nots spend their day peering into mundane apps, like presentations and spreadsheets.
When we think about virtualizing workspaces and delivering apps from the mobile cloud, we traditionally focused our technology “horsepower” on ensuring the graphics experience has been uncompromised for the top of the food chain: engineers, designers, creative types, etc. Rightly so, given the substantial investment traditionally found in physical graphics workstations and the transformation of that asset into a virtualized one sitting in the data center. Continue reading →