Is This Finally the Year of VDI?
The IT industry has been abuzz with VDI for the past couple of years, every year proclaiming: “This is the year of VDI! This is the year VDI finally becomes mainstream.”
And yet, VDI has come in fits and starts. Why?
According to VDI expert, Brian Madden, “For most IT departments today, the desktop is no more strategic than the desk lamp or the office chair. It’s something that’s needed, for sure, but it’s seen as more of a necessary evil rather than something that can be strategic and make one company stand out from another.”
With that sentiment in mind, it makes sense that you would want to minimize the cost of deploying, provisioning, and maintaining desktops for your employees, automating as many of the tasks involved as possible.
But just like the desk lamp or the office chair, if it doesn’t “work” or it’s “broken,” you will get the call to come fix it. And it will end up causing more harm than good.
The Challenges with Early VDI Implementations
Early VDI implementations were plagued by:
- Boot storms. It’s that moment at 9 a.m. when every employee fires up their desktop at the same time, causing long load times for employees and performance degradation for other applications sharing the infrastructure.
- Siloed infrastructure. VDI consumes CPU, RAM and IO resources, and doesn’t leave enough resources for critical applications, forcing VDI to move to its own silo.
- Data Protection. It’s often too costly, in terms of legacy server and storage infrastructure and Wide Area Network (WAN) bandwidth, to provide the same levels of protection to VDI as supplied to critical applications.
- Poor User Experience. Employees grew accustomed to the level of performance and control on physical desktops. Early VDI implementations were almost exclusively linked-clone as persistent desktops were too expensive.
What is the root cause? Cost.
The high cost of infrastructure needed to support the new VDI projects quickly cancelled out the cost benefits of desktop administration. Storage often reached 60% or more of the cost of desktop virtualization implementations.
According to Gartner, “Businesses have been quick to discover the benefits of virtual desktops but have been slow to adopt the technology due to the overwhelming cost. Although license costs are fixed, other costs, such as for storage, servers, endpoint clients, and networking hardware, are flexible. To reduce the high cost of desktop virtualization, Gartner challenges organizations to look outside of the technologies that they have been using for years in server virtualization and instead look into emerging technologies that seek to change the cost model.”
How will you deliver the performance you need to eliminate boot storms and maximize user experience to the point where you’ll embrace the technology, while at the same time minimize server and storage cost?
SimpliVity OmniCube: Better VDI Infrastructure
SimpliVity’s OmniCube is the industry’s first and only globally federated and hyperconverged infrastructure solution. Designed and optimized for virtualized environments, OmniCube is a 2U rack-mounted building block that delivers server, storage, and networking services. In addition, a complete set of advanced functionality enables dramatic improvements to the management, protection, and performance of virtual workloads—all at a fraction of the cost and extreme reduction in complexity compared to today’s traditional infrastructure stack.
OmniCube provides an optimal platform for VDI because it:
- Eliminates boot storms. OmniCube provides inline deduplication, compression and optimization of all data at inception, once and forever, which eliminates IOPS as redundant data is never written to disk. Critical IO resources are reserved for desktops and applications, which prevents boot storms.
- Consolidates siloed infrastructure. OmniCube provides the perfect platform for data center consolidation, merging the infrastructure, management screens and operations of all critical IT applications, including VDI.
- Integrates Data Protection. VDI no longer needs to be relegated to “second class citizen” status in the data center. You can commit to, and fulfill, SLAs to the business while improving RTOs and RPOs for VDI.
- Improves User Experience. Persistent desktops are the preferred choice by users and the technology most likely to be embraced as it most closely resembles the physical desktops of the past. OmniCube’s inline deduplication, compression, and optimization is that “emerging technology” that changes the cost model, making persistent desktops a reality.
SimpliVity’s OmniCube is the perfect solution to deliver VDI with the user experience customers expect and at the cost that you require.