*Without really trying.
By Jon Toor, VP Marketing, Xsigo.
“If you’re so darn smart, why aren’t you rich,” the old joke goes.You could ask the same about VDI. With all of its supposed benefits, why isn’t everyone using it? For many IT shops the answer is probably simple: while VDI benefits are real, so are the deployment challenges. dinCloud offers a great option to gain the benefits of VDI with zero deployment hassle.
IT Business Edge recently ran an article titled, “Another year of waiting for the virtual desktop.” The article illuminates some of the data center infrastructure issues introduced by VDI. Bottom line: If you want to ensure a snappy, desktop-like user experience, you will need careful attention to the server, storage and network configuration.
Get it wrong and you could encounter problems such as the “boot storm,” which causes slow logins when many users sign on simultaneously. Or, slow storage or network response could create a poor user experience that causes users to reject the new solution. Or there could be sticker-shock issues as you price out the servers, networks, storage and space required for the new deployment.
At Xsigo (pronounced “see go”), we help customers meet these challenges every day. Xsigo is server connectivity, the hardware and software that connects servers to networks and storage. With Xsigo, IT managers get a very fast, easily configured infrastructure that goes a long way towards addressing the performance and complexity challenges of VDI. Xsigo’s fast server connections, up to 40Gbps, eliminate I/O bottlenecks. Xsigo’s I/O consolidation simplifies the most complex deployments down to just two cables per server, reducing I/O cost by 50%. And Xsigo’s I/O isolation allows multiple functional groups to gain the security and performance benefits of isolated servers and networks while giving the IT staff the management simplicity of a shared fabric.
For these reasons and more, dinCloud uses Xsigo in its own application delivery stack.
That in fact is the whole point. You have a choice when deploying VDI. If your requirements justify a standalone infrastructure, you can deploy Xsigo along with the needed servers and storage and get great results. But if you want to avoid the upfront cost and time issues, you could deploy dinCloud instead. You still get a best-of-breed infrastructure, and get an easy answer to some tricky questions, such as how to manage Microsoft OS and application licensing.
VDI does offer compelling benefits. And if you want to invest the upfront costs, it absolutely can work in your own data center. Xsigo can help.
Or, you can just call dinCloud. That way you’re guaranteed to succeed in VDI. Without really trying.