Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) plays a crucial role in today's business transformation initiatives. VDI is the most efficient way to present Microsoft Windows applications to end users in their digital workspaces and provides a consistent user experience across user devices for the modern-day mobile workforce. Organizations increasingly rely on VDI to provide the agile, secure, and centrally managed desktops that are so important for their workforce.
It can be challenging for organizations to set up VDI infrastructure. This challenge is mainly because typical VDI infrastructure involves the integration of multiple data center components such as storage, network, and compute. The multivendor profile of these components often creates deployment and performance challenges if a system is not optimized for VDI. To consistently maintain a multicomponent and multivendor environment with a specialized skill set is often challenging for organizations and the effort to maintain a stable VDI infrastructure can have a negative impact on total cost of ownership (TCO).
Dell EMC Ready Architectures for VDI based on Dell EMC VxBlock System 1000 is a perfect solution for your high-performing VDI workloads. VxBlock is the proven leader in converged infrastructure, providing enterprises worldwide with the simplicity of a turnkey experience that enables them to focus on innovation rather than maintenance. The VxBlock 1000 combines industry-leading technologies—including powerful Dell EMC storage and data protection options, Cisco UCS blade and rack servers, Cisco LAN and SAN networking, and VMware virtualization—into one fully integrated system.
VxBlock 1000 is engineered according to your needs and takes the complexities out of component integration. It simplifies upgrades and daily operations, comes with converged management, and a simplified path to a cloud operating model—and all with single-call support. VxBlock System 1000 converged infrastructure is a future-proof design that ensures your system can support next-generation technologies and meet performance, scalability, and simplicity requirements.
Dell EMC recommends VxBlock System 1000 converged infrastructure to run Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops infrastructure. Citrix provides a complete VDI and virtual application solution to meet all your business needs. Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops deliver virtualization solutions that give IT control of virtual machines, applications, and security while providing users with access from any device, anywhere. VxBlock 1000 provides a highly scalable and agile platform to run your enterprise level VDI workloads. You can also run your VDI workloads in a VxBlock System 1000 in combination with high-value applications or workloads such as SAP, Oracle, Microsoft SQL, and Epic.
At Dell EMC, the Ready Architectures for VDI team tests the VDI solutions to ensure their validity. As part of the testing process, engineers tune the system to maximize performance and efficiency, and document best practices. Finally, a separate team of experts evaluate the test results to ensure that the systems can be properly configured and sized for customers. In the validation effort described in this guide, we have used the Login VSI tool, which is an industry standard tool for benchmarking VDI workloads. We tested the Login VSI workload Knowledge Worker with a desktop virtual machine (VM) profile that was tagged to that workload. This document includes a detailed analysis based on the test results and recommends user density figures for this workload that prioritizes the best end-user experience (EUE).