Challenges for End User Computing Administrators
Your users are mobile and they need ubiquitous access to their data at any time, and from any device. Sure, they can synch data via a cloud service. However, a Shadow IT approach is inefficient, leaves corporate data vulnerable—and leaves you out as a trusted advisor. Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) can earn you end-user friends by making them productive, and put IT back in the driver’s seat. Win win.
Implementing VDI with siloed compute and storage infrastructure, however, will result in one of two outcomes: poor user experience or high infrastructure costs. That’s because IOPS requirements will vary wildly based on applications in use (think anti-virus scans), time of day (think bootstorms) and other factors (think backup schedules) that put sudden loads on the infrastructure and impact performance. Overcompensate for the IOPS problem by building an infrastructure with All-Flash storage and costs go up. Skimp on the needed IOPS and user satisfaction goes down. It’s a lose-lose scenario.
Hyperconverged Infrastructure For End User Computing
SimpliVity assimilates all infrastructure and data center services below the hypervisor into a hyperconverged infrastructure system that seamlessly scales. Each 2U building block delivers compute, storage and network switching services, in addition to an advanced set of functions, reducing complexity and costs.
Hyperconvergence eliminates traditional storage architectures. That means you no longer have to request LUNs from the storage team or over-provision storage capacity for performance gains. SimpliVity provides native deduplication, compression and optimization of data before it’s written to disk, eliminating unnecessary IO and reserving IOPS for virtual desktops and applications.
Hyperconverged infrastructure simplifies the environment and streamlines management. Hyperconverging resources eliminates interoperability issues and shifts management from the infrastructure component to the VM via a vCenter interface.
With SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure, the cost per gigabyte per VM is reduced, as well as operational expenses. This is due to the elimination of a SAN and over-provisioning, as well as SimpliVity’s deduplication, compression and optimization of data. The modular expansion of SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure allows for a pay-as-you-grow strategy for VDI deployment.
SimpliVity’s native data protection is another value dimension. Set VM-specific backup and replication policies for local operational recovery and disaster recovery.
Hyperconvergence Benefits for End User Computing
Deploying SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure to support VDI:
- Lowers capital expenses when compared with physical endpoint devices and siloed storage infrastructure.
- Increases operational efficiency and reduces operational expenses.
- Improves performance and, in turn, provides a positive end-user experience.
- Accelerates time-to-value by eliminating storage-provisioning requests and providing on-demand infrastructure expansion.