In the past, moving from traditional PCs to a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solution was challenging. A classic VDI implementation of 100 applications and 1,000 users could 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, dramatically reducing the complexity of the system and making it more flexible. The IT team can then move from being a largely reactive technical group to playing a proactive role in the strategic organization. Dell EMC can assist IT teams in this journey while improving user experience with the Dell EMC Ready Architectures for VDI.
Some challenges that organizations face today include:
Dell EMC Ready Architectures for VDI on vSAN-based appliances provide a quick and easy way to simplify and extend your VMware environment. Since Ready Architectures for VDI combine compute, storage, virtualization, and management, these solutions are ideal for VDI.
The Ready Architectures for VDI are built on industry-leading Dell EMC VxRail appliances or vSAN Ready Nodes appliances. These true hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) platforms provide performance, flexibility, and scale for VDI environments.
Installing Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops with its VDI components on VxRail appliances or vSAN Ready Nodes enables organizations to quickly deliver Microsoft Windows virtual desktops or server-based hosted shared sessions on a wide variety of endpoint devices.
Dell EMC offers comprehensive, flexible, and efficient VDI solutions that are designed and optimized for your organization's needs. These VDI solutions are easy to plan, easy to deploy, and easy to run.
With two different vSAN-based appliance options to choose from, Dell EMC has the ideal configuration to start or extend your data center. While VxRail and vSAN Ready Nodes have the same underlying technology (VMware vSAN), each provides unique benefits. VxRail offers a turn-key solution to deploying and managing infrastructure with additional software features to assist throughout the appliance lifecycle. vSAN Ready Nodes require similar architectural design elements, but do not include the software components and elements that are found in the VxRail product. However, vSAN Ready Nodes offer a greater array of platforms and additional peripheral device choices.
Dell EMC Ready Architectures for VDI offer several key benefits:
This document introduces the architecture, components, design options, best practices, and configuration details for successful VDI deployments for VxRail appliances and vSAN Ready Nodes 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 Architectures for VDI that deliver Microsoft Windows virtual desktops to users using Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops VDI components on VxRail appliances or vSAN Ready Nodes.
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Authors: Dell EMC Ready Architectures for VDI team, Donna Renfro