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 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 more proactive role. 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 XC Family devices provide a quick and easy way to simplify and extend your VDI 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 Dell EMC XC Family devices. These true hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) platforms provide performance, flexibility, and scale for VDI environments.
Dell EMC recommends XC Family devices for customers who require a VMware Horizon broker with a Nutanix-based HCI solution. In this case, the Dell EMC XC Family devices provide a complete VDI solution. VMware Horizon 7 VDI technology is enhanced with an HCI environment that is built on Dell EMC PowerEdge servers. Dell EMC software and services further optimize the solution in the areas of deployment, recovery, management, and automation.
The XC Family includes the following choices. The hardware and software are the same. The difference is in the licensing and service providers.
Installing VMware Horizon 7 with its VDI components on XC Family devices 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.
This document introduces the architecture, components, design options, best practices, and configuration details for successful VDI deployments for XC Family devices with VMware Horizon 7.
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 VMware Horizon 7 VDI components on XC Family devices.
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Authors: Dell EMC Ready Architectures for VDI team.