Dell Validated Designs for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) on vSAN-based infrastructure provide a quick and easy way to simplify and extend your VMware environment. These solutions are ideal for VDI applications because they combine compute, storage, networking, virtualization, and management.
Dell Validated Designs for VDI are built on 3rd Gen AMD EPYC -based VxRail and vSAN Ready Nodes. These true hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) platforms provide performance, flexibility, and scale for VDI environments.
Dell Technologies recommends VxRail for an enhanced VDI solution that uses a wide range of software, tools, and resources co-developed by Dell Technologies and VMware. The VMware hyperconverged software is vSphere-ready and based on vSAN software-defined storage (SDS). Dell Technologies deployment and support tools integrate the software management within VxRail Manager. Data protection and replication are included and can support either hybrid or all-flash storage configurations.
vSAN Ready Nodes do not include the full automation suite that is available in VxRail, but they provide more flexibility in platform choices. vSAN Ready Nodes offer the confidence that your pre-validated configuration will work with vSAN technology as well as the VMware Horizon 8 software suite.
Installing VMware Horizon 8 with its VDI components on VxRail 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.
This document introduces the architecture, components, design options, best practices, and configuration details for successful VDI deployments for VxRail and vSAN Ready Nodes with VMware Horizon 8 .
This document is intended for decision makers, managers, architects, developers, and technical administrators of IT environments who want an in-depth understanding of the value of the Dell Validated Designs for VDI that deliver Microsoft Windows virtual desktops using VMware Horizon 8 VDI components on VxRail or vSAN Ready Nodes.
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Authors: Dell Validated Designs for VDI team