In the past, moving from traditional personal computers to a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solution was challenging. A classic VDI implementation of 100 applications and 1,000 users might take 250 days or more, and the final cost was often unpredictable. Organizations today require end-to-end desktop and application virtualization infrastructure solutions that are flexible, reliable, scalable, and easy to deploy.
Desktop virtualization helps improve service delivery and competitiveness by simplifying how IT works on systems. It dramatically reduces the complexity of the system and makes it more flexible. The IT team can then move from being a largely reactive technical group to playing a more proactive role. Dell EMC can assist IT teams in this journey while improving user experience with Dell EMC Ready Architectures for VDI.
Some challenges that organizations face today include:
- Workforce empowerment—Personal technology is driving newer and higher expectations. People want the same features on their work devices that they have on their personal devices. They want faster, easier-to-use devices and applications that fit their specific needs.
- Optimized IT resources—Organizations that manage many traditional personal computers find that the task is becoming increasingly complex. With desktop virtualization, you can move the entire desktop, including applications, data, and the operating system, to the data center. IT can centrally manage the virtual desktop from the data center. You save time and money by troubleshooting personal computers remotely instead of physically visiting each one.
- Improved security—Organizations require the ability to control data, recover from disasters, apply policies, comply with regulations, and monitor risk. Maintaining data and application security, as well as compliance, is the leading IT concern in organizations of all sizes. Mobile office trends and bring-your-own device initiatives mean that more devices and sensitive data are out of direct IT control, increasing the risk for data theft, viruses, malware, and ransomware attacks.
- Cost management—Organizations must monitor and optimize the total cost of ownership (TCO), achieve greater utilization from infrastructure assets, and reduce energy use. Virtualization helps organizations achieve these goals because virtual assets are cheaper and easier to maintain than physical ones.
The Dell EMC Ready Architecture for VDI based on the Dell EMC VxBlock System 1000 converged infrastructure is a complete solution for your enterprise VDI workload at scale. VxBlock 1000 provides enterprises worldwide with the simplicity of a turnkey experience that enables you to focus on innovation rather than maintenance.
VxBlock 1000 combines industry-leading technologies, including Dell EMC storage and data protection options, Cisco UCS blade and rack servers, Cisco LAN and SAN networking, and VMware virtualization, in one fully integrated system.
VxBlock 1000 simplifies component integration, upgrades, and daily operations. It can be configured according to your needs, comes with comprehensive management software, and provides a simplified path to a cloud operating model.
VxBlock System 1000 converged infrastructure is designed with future needs in mind and can support next-generation technologies to provide enhanced performance and scalability.
Dell EMC offers comprehensive, flexible, and efficient VDI solutions that are designed for the needs of your organization. These VDI solutions are easy to plan, deploy, and run.
Dell EMC recommends using the VxBlock System 1000 converged infrastructure to run Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops VDI infrastructure. VxBlock 1000 provides a highly scalable and agile platform to run your enterprise-level VDI workloads. You can also run your VDI workloads with high-value application workloads such as SAP, Oracle, Microsoft SQL, and Epic in a VxBlock 1000 system.
This Ready Architecture offers several key benefits:
- Converged management and automation—VxBlock Central software provides a unified interface and access point for converged infrastructure operations. It simplifies daily administration by providing enhanced system-level awareness, automation, and analytics. VxBlock Central includes Dell EMC launch points to VMware vRealize Orchestrator with workflows for automating daily operational tasks and to vRealize Operations for deep VxBlock analytics and simplified capacity management.
- Flexible choice of components—You can mix, share, and adapt pools of storage, data protection, and compute resources for all workloads to maximize performance and utilization.
- Simplified life cycle management—Ongoing life cycle management, including interoperability testing, security and patch management, and component updates, is one of the cornerstones of VxBlock systems. The platform uses the Release Certification Matrix (RCM), where interoperability is validated to ensure that the health of your system is optimized. Each RCM represents thousands of hours of testing, validation, and certification.
- Integrated data protection—Dell EMC Data Protection for Converged Infrastructure simplifies backup, recovery, and failover of your VxBlock 1000. Dell EMC offers advanced data deduplication, replication, and data protection technologies for achieving your recovery point objective (RPO) and recovery time objective (RTO) requirements.
- Dell EMC support and services—Dell EMC offers fully integrated, 24/7, single-call support. Dell EMC’s portfolio of services (including deployment services, migration services, and residency services) accelerates deployment speed and integration into your IT environment. It also minimizes downtime by ensuring that your software and firmware remain current throughout the product life cycle.
This document introduces the architecture, components, design options, best practices, and configuration details for successful VDI deployments for Dell EMC VxBlock System 1000 with Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops.
This guide is for decision makers, managers, architects, developers, and technical administrators of IT environments who want an in-depth understanding of the value of the Ready Architecture for VDI that delivers Microsoft Windows virtual desktops using Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops VDI components on Dell EMC VxBlock System 1000.
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Authors: Dell EMC Ready Architectures for VDI team.
Note: The following page on the Dell EMC Communities website provides links to additional documentation for VDI Ready Solutions: VDI Info Hub for Ready Solutions.