The way that we work has fundamentally changed, with more employees working outside the office on their own schedule. The digital workspace is the way for IT to deliver the applications and data that employees need to work across any device from any place, and 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 a high-performance, scalable, and cost-effective way to use virtual desktops to meet seasonal demand spikes, provide disaster recovery (DR), and respond quickly to unexpected regional and global events or disasters is a challenge for many organizations.
Some of the particular challenges that organizations face today include:
With virtual infrastructure, you can enable your workforce to be more productive while streamlining IT costs and management. With VDI solutions from Dell Technologies, you can streamline the design and implementation process and be assured you have a solution that is optimized for performance, density, and cost-effectiveness.
VDI technology works as a key workforce transformation enabler for organizations by freeing employees to work anytime and anywhere without compromising on security or a high-quality user experience. VDI also streamlines IT operations and cost management through a simplified approach to provisioning and updating user environments that can be seamlessly delivered to centrally managed thin client devices.
Dell Technologies offers several products and solutions that dramatically reduce the barriers to adopting VDI. Whether you are considering building out a new environment or expanding an existing footprint, Dell Technologies offers a predictable approach to procure, deploy, and support a virtual desktop and application environment that delivers the secure, high-performance experience that your end users expect.
This solution is based on Dell EMC PowerEdge R7525 servers with 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors, optional NVIDIA GPUs, and VMware vSAN software-defined storage. The software stack is VMware Horizon 7 VDI software in a VMware vSphere environment.
VMware Horizon 7 provides a complete end-to-end solution delivering Microsoft Windows virtual desktops to end users on a wide variety of endpoint devices. Horizon provides a complete virtual desktop delivery and management system by integrating distributed components with advanced configuration tools that simplify the creation and real-time management of the virtual desktop infrastructure. Virtual desktops are dynamically assembled on demand, providing users with pristine, yet personalized, desktops each time they log in.
VDI, in short, enables people to work anywhere, anytime, on any device, for any application. It allows organizations to transform their workforces without compromising on security or a high-quality user experience. VDI also streamlines IT operations and cost management through a simplified approach to user management. The key benefits of VDI are:
In particular for this solution, the 2nd Gen AMD EPYC line is a new type of server processor that sets a higher standard for data centers. It has achieved #1 performance in several industry benchmarks and has earned multiple world records. Its "Hardened at the Core" protection helps defend against side-channel attacks, and its secure, encrypted virtualization features help keep your data safe. The processor's agility helps you to manage new deployments and changing workloads with the system resources you need, simply and cost-effectively.
In addition to performance, this VDI solution based on the 2nd Gen AMD EPYC provides:
This reference architecture guide provides an overall architecture, configuration details, and performance testing results for designing end-to-end VDI environments with VMware Horizon 7 on Dell EMC PowerEdge R7525 servers with 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors and VMware vSAN software-defined storage.
The document details the solution for a high-density VDI infrastructure that can be tailored to each customer’s particular needs. It describes a range of VDI-optimized configurations that can be tuned for ease of management, maximum density, and high performance. It provides design guidance and best practices for Dell Technologies server selections and specifications, including 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processor types and options for NVIDIA GPUs and vGPUs. It also provides design and configuration guidance for the vSAN software-defined storage, the physical network, the VMware vSphere and Horizon 7 software components, and the Dell client components.
This guide is for decision makers, managers, architects, developers, and technical administrators of IT environments who want an in-depth understanding of Ready Solutions for VDI. Ready Solutions for VDI deliver virtual desktops to users using VMware Horizon 7 VDI components with a high-performance and high-density server infrastructure.
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Authors: Dell EMC Ready Solutions for VDI team