Using VDI to Create New Data Center Economics

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When it comes to VDI, we have more use-cases, better business benefits, and greater support from management to deploy virtual desktops to more users. Most of all, the data center ecosystem has come a long way to support very rich desktop experiences for the user. Remember, business around infrastructure and cloud is only continuing to pick up pace. And, there are some very real numbers to back this up. Consider this – global spending on IaaS is expected to reach almost US$16.5 billion in 2015, an increase of 32.8 percent from 2014, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2014 to 2019 forecast at 29.1 percent, according to Gartner’s latest forecast.

Furthermore, there are a lot of great benefits to deploying a virtualization ecosystem that is capable of supporting a diverse user base. With that in mind, one of the most commonly cited motivations for implementing virtual desktops is to increase density, while still securing the data of end-user computing ecosystem. Furthermore, Gartner said that properly implemented virtual desktops can increase security, and help organizations and infrastructure leaders meet compliance requirements.

So, with this in mind – let’s examine how VDI can help organizations create new levels of data center economics:

  1. Testing and Development with VDI. What better way to test out an application, service or new product than on an efficiently provisioned VDI image. Administrators can deploy and test out new platforms within “live” environments without having to provision hardware resources. Once the testing is complete, they can simply spin down the VDI instance and rollout the new update, application or desktop environment.
  2. Create New Levels of Data Center Economics. VDI and virtualization allow organizations to control their own cloud environment and how they provision resources. The ability to dynamically provision and de-provision resources gives organizations unparalleled flexibility when it comes to virtual desktop delivery. You no longer worry about big end-points, you no longer worry about lost resources; and, you can create true data center efficiency by controlling all resources connected into your virtual desktop delivery architecture.
  3. Optimize Resource Controls. VDI allows you to dynamically shape the entire user experience. Is the application lagging? Is the user requiring more resources due to the workload type? How quickly can you adjust to user and market demands? VDI allows entire workloads to be re-provisioned with resources which allow the user to be truly proactive. In fact, you can move entire VDI ecosystems from – for example – a spinning disk architecture to an all-flash array for even better utilization, multi-tenancy, and performance controls.
  4. Enable Greater Business Agility. VDI directly enables the business to be extremely agile. Integrating new users, businesses, and even applications is made easier with VDI. Your developers can respond faster, your users can utilize a rich desktop environment, and you can truly enable the business by incorporating a completely virtual ecosystem. Remember, VDI scales from your data center and into the cloud as well. This means users can access intelligent systems monitoring their performance, utilization, and even licensing while still pushing out a rich VDI environment.

Remember, your users are constantly changing. The use of IoT and digital devices is driving virtualization forward with more use-cases and business scenarios. Now, with greater support at the data center level, VDI is seeing a resurgence because of how the technology can specifically help the business.

It’s clear that the popularity around VDI is going to continue increasing. As more industries find benefits in using VDI, you’ll see more use-cases and even greater business benefits. Users will become more mobile, they’ll receive their applications regardless of the device – and all of this is powered by a virtual desktop architecture; centralized at the data center. Moving forward, look to next-generation virtualization to have even greater impacts on the business and user community.

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Bill Kleyman

CTO at MTM Technologies

Bill is an enthusiastic technologist with experience in datacenter design, management, and deployment. His architecture work includes large virtualization and cloud deployments as well as business network design and implementation. Bill enjoys writing, blogging, and educating colleagues around everything that is technology. During the day, Bill is the CTO at MTM Technologies, where he interacts with enterprise organizations and helps align IT strategies with direct business goals. Bill’s whitepapers, articles, video blogs and podcasts have been published and referenced on InformationWeek, NetworkComputing, TechTarget, DarkReading, Data Center Knowledge, CBS Interactive, Slashdot, and many others. Most recently, Bill was ranked #16 in the Onalytica study which reviewed the top 100 most influential individuals in the cloud landscape, globally.

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