The digital workspace is the holistic way for IT to deliver the applications and data that employees need to work across any device. Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is a key enabling technology. Organizations on the road to IT and digital transformation are implementing VDI solutions to provide a flexible, reliable, and secure workspace for their employees.
However, finding an agile and cost-effective way to meet seasonal demand spikes and provide disaster recovery (DR) for virtual desktops is a challenge for many organizations. So far, most multicloud solutions have generated operational and interoperability challenges when bridging to public cloud offerings.
Organizations using VDI to deliver their business-critical applications need an environment that can adjust quickly to changing workload demands. Private cloud-only VDI solutions require enough capacity to meet any temporary spikes in demand. The cost of acquiring and maintaining infrastructure that is used only for a few weeks or months in a year is not a good use of resources. In the case of on-premises deployments, there is also less agility because new hardware needs to be purchased if increasing demand requires new desktops to be provisioned.
DR is essential for VDI environments to maintain business continuity. The cost of acquiring and maintaining redundant DR environments creates additional pressure on budgets. As well, any requirements to shrink Recovery Time Objectives (RTOs) drive DR expenditures higher.
VDI customers exploring public cloud options for additional capacity and DR encounter challenges in designing a manageable, multicloud environment. Operating in multiple clouds results in IT having many management consoles and disparate processes that increase complexity and block progress towards greater automation. Organizations need consistent infrastructure and a unified management plane for all VDI operations.
The hybrid cloud
A hybrid cloud approach to VDI can lower costs and eliminate the operational and interoperability challenges described above. For example, with a hybrid cloud, your primary VDI environment can stay on-premises while your extended data center or DR environment is hosted in a public cloud. For these types of use cases, public cloud pay-as-you-go billing options reduce your acquisition and operational expenditure costs considerably. Also, you can dynamically scale up and down based on variable workload needs.
You can size your on-premises VDI environment to match steady workloads and use the public cloud for seasonal demand spikes and DR. A well-designed hybrid cloud can offer a unified management plane that makes VDI operations much simpler. It can also provide a consistent infrastructure with none of the interoperability challenges that are typically encountered in a multicloud environment.
VMware Horizon 7 on DTCP
VMware Horizon 7 on Dell Technologies Cloud Platform (DTCP) is a true hybrid cloud platform for running your VDI workloads. Horizon 7 on DTCP is based on Dell EMC VxRail running VMware Cloud Foundation. DTCP takes the management complexity and interoperability challenges out of a multicloud environment by delivering consistent infrastructure and operations.
With DTCP, you can easily enable use-cases such as provisioning additional capacity and disaster recovery on a partner public cloud like VMware Cloud (VMC) on Amazon Web Services (AWS). You can use the same existing skills to build a Horizon 7 infrastructure on-premises using DTCP and VMC on AWS.
You get a unified architecture, operational consistency, and a similar feature set for Horizon 7 across on-premises and VMC on AWS. You save on Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) by provisioning the desktops on VMC on AWS only when there is a demand for additional capacity.
For disaster recovery, you can set up a small Horizon 7 footprint on VMC on AWS, saving acquisition and operational costs. You only have to pay for capacity if there is an actual disaster.
VMware Horizon 7 on DTCP offers you a hybrid platform for VDI workloads where you can easily enable use cases such as provisioning additional capacity and disaster recovery. VMware Horizon provides a streamlined approach to delivering, protecting, and managing VDI and applications, ensuring users can work anywhere, across any device.
The on-premises DTCP solution is built on the VxRail hyperconverged HCI platform and VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF), which provides integrated cloud infrastructure and operations.
VCF can be consumed as-a-service through a partner public cloud (VMware Cloud on AWS), enabling a true hybrid cloud experience. Thanks to the flexibility of DTCP and the seamless integration between on-premises and VMC on AWS, you can enable use-cases in an agile, flexible, and cost-effective manner.
VMware Horizon 7 on DTCP provides the following benefits:
This document describes the architecture, components, design options, best practices, and configuration details for successful VDI deployments using VMware Horizon 7 on DTCP.
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 VDI deployments using VMware Horizon 7 on DTCP.
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Authors: Dell Technologies Ready Architectures for VDI team.