This technical white paper provides background on the IT challenges in the Financial Services Industry, how virtual desktop infrastructure can be used to overcome these challenges, and on different approaches to infrastructure to support the use of VDI in FSI environments, with focus on one particular solution.
The Dell Technologies VDI Solution for the FSI segment that is presented here is based on VxRail Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI), powered by Dell EMC PowerEdge server platforms, VxRail HCI system software, and VMware Cloud Foundation. An architecture is presented for a VxRail-based design, with explanation of the key components of the solution.
Special attention is given to the configurations and sizing for different financial user profiles. These profiles, often referred to as personas, include the front office or branch worker, the knowledge worker, the software developer, and the financial or securities trader.
In this document, we have designed and validated the architecture, executed and documented the performance testing, and specified the configurations for the user profiles including the CPU sizing, the number of virtual machines (VMs) per host, the number of vCPUs, the amount of memory, the operating system, the user storage, and, for the trader persona, the vGPU profile.
The Dell Technologies VDI Solutions team recommends the solution configuration in this technical white paper for running the professional graphics applications that are typically used in the FSI sector. However, we recommend that you perform pilot tests to right-size the virtual workstation environment according to your application requirements and user needs.