Desktop virtualization is emerging as a cloud service that positions organizations to leverage highly specialized technology without making major hardware investments. It can also help users wear multiple hats and switch between systems without having to carry around a bunch of devices.
It’s really simple – if you want to create a highly nuanced end-user experience, you’re often going to be better off with a virtual desktop environment. However, it’s understandable if you’re a bit worried about performance. Instead of relying on the end-user device to do lots of the heavy lifting, you’re almost entirely reliant on the the service provider’s data center engineering capabilities to get the job done. Finding the right data center match is just as important as selecting a service. With that in mind, here’s a look at three ways a great data center can take your VDI plans to the next level:
- You gotta consider the network
Organizations investing in the cloud are starting to put more resources into the network, and with good reason. IDC found that in general, infrastructure spending to support cloud services has been rising, but network equipment is garnering a disproportionate amount of the spend.
The issue is that you can’t just throw bandwidth at service performance issues. In practice, how data is routed is just as important as bandwidth capacity. Businesses looking into VDI need to explore how vendors design, structure, and support their data center networking configurations to ascertain whether they’ll be able to handle sending data related to VDI systems out to your users.
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- Use a provider that knows what they’re doing (and let them manage it)
Consider how many moving parts are in a VDI service:
- Servers have to host apps, process data, and handle user commands
- Storage devices need to support databases and deliver information in near real time
- Somebody has to step in and resolve any issues users face in a given moment
- Engineers are needed to optimize and adjust the data center environment
- Data center networks must move data between interconnected locations and environments
- Massive inter-continental networks are required to transport information between distant locations
The reality is that VDI is meant to be incredibly fast and simple for the end user, but so many small details can go wrong along the way that the backend limits the frontend’s performance. You need to make sure your VDI provider has the expertise necessary to design, deploy, manage, and support the solution. (Hint: Most don’t and just resell someone else’s.)
- Resiliency and location matters
Data Center Knowledge reported that more cloud providers are moving toward availability zonesto create geographically distributed networks that can handle failover capacity and prevent an outage. What these vendors are doing is balancing redundancy and resiliency to ensure there aren’t any single points of failure. (It’s also Lume’s M.O. See Cloud Anyware™)
Our Workspace Anyware™ VDI solutions are designed to deliver high performing, GPU-intensive applications. We have a network of geographically distributed edge data centers that we use to deliver a wide portfolio of infrastructure solutions that can meet any workload. Our expertise allows us to manage or co-manage your environment, while you focus on other important areas of your business.