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  • June 24, 2016 24 Jun'16

    VMware App Volumes 3.0 confusion frustrates customers

    IT pros have run into several issues regarding App Volumes 3.0, saying it was rushed to market. And VMware's approach to different versions has only increased confusion.

  • May 27, 2016 27 May'16

    VDI shops welcome cheaper Citrix-Nutanix HCI options

    Hyper-converged infrastructure can help VDI admins scale their deployments more easily, but many of today's offerings are too expensive.

  • May 27, 2016 27 May'16

    GPU virtualization isn't just for graphics-heavy apps

    GPU virtualization is known for helping support graphics-heavy applications, but knowledge workers using Office apps and browsers can benefit, too.

  • May 27, 2016 27 May'16

    IT must make the case for VDI ROI

    IT pros at Citrix Synergy 2016 talk about the challenges they've run into with desktop and application virtualization. At the top of the list: calculating whether VDI will provide a big enough return on investment.

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  • Converged and hyper-converged Infrastructure for VDI

    Using converged and hyper-converged infrastructure for desktop virtualization can reduce hardware compatibility problems and ease management. Converged infrastructure gives IT shops the opportunity to buy their entire hardware stack all at once. They can also add a software management layer and tightly integrate those components with hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI). HCI platforms are perfect for virtual desktop infrastructure because they simplify hardware purchasing, they're scalable, and shops know the pieces will work together because they're all from the same vendor. But with that simplicity comes some necessary back-end changes; it takes fewer people to manage fewer parts. Companies considering deploying VDI on CI or HCI must think about the personnel, expertise and management requirements that come with the pod-style platforms, and they should scrutinize vendor offerings. Continue Reading

  • How hyper-converged infrastructure platforms support VDI

    Converged infrastructure gives IT shops the opportunity to buy their entire hardware stack -- storage, networking, compute and server virtualization -- in one SKU. They can also add a software management layer and tightly integrate those components with hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI). These all-in-one HCI platforms are ideal for virtual desktop infrastructure for several reasons: They take the guesswork out of buying hardware, they’re scalable, and shops know the pieces will work together because they're all from the same vendor. But with that simplicity comes some necessary back-end changes.

    In traditional companies, disparate teams manage the facets that get packaged into HCI. But with the management interface inherent to HCI, the need for bodies in the IT shop is sometimes diminished. It takes fewer people to manage fewer parts. Companies considering deploying VDI on hyper-converged infrastructure must think about the personnel, expertise and management requirements that come with the pod-style platforms. In some cases, HCI will be a boon for businesses looking to deploy or improve desktop virtualization. In other cases, it's not the right tool for the job.

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  • Hyper-converged infrastructures: Game changer or vendor push?

    Hyper-converged infrastructures, which combine computing, storage, networking and virtualization in the same box, promise hardware cost savings and IT efficiency. Or at least that's what hyper-convergence product vendors tout. But does the technology live up to the vendor hype? Moreover, could the promised benefits of hyper-converged systems oust conventional on-premises architectures and public cloud?

    In this SearchCIO handbook, Site Editor John Moore explores the possible benefits of hyperconverged infrastructures and why some IT execs say not to focus solely on the cost benefits. In our second piece, CTO Niel Nickolaisen outlines five critical questions he asked before making the decision on a hyper-convergence vendor. In our last piece, Taneja Group analyst Mike Matchett goes through the five major benefits of hyper-converged architectures.

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  • Three ways to guarantee VDI users a top-notch UX

    There's no point in deploying virtual desktops that perform poorly. Luckily, there are several ways to help guarantee a strong user experience. Continue Reading

  • How to bake up Raspberry Pi thin clients for VDI

    Raspberry Pis are one of the lowest-cost computing options out there, so it's only natural for IT to wonder whether they're suitable as thin clients for some enterprise use cases. Continue Reading

  • Learn how to assess all-flash array vendors

    Arrays loaded with flash drives are the speed kings of storage arrays. They can also be more expensive than traditional systems with hard disk drives (HDDs), so IT managers need to assess their application needs to make the best decision among all-flash array vendors.

    Cheap HDDs give traditional arrays an advantage in price per GB, but systems equipped only with more costly flash drives can provide a significant edge in price per IOPS. Hybrid arrays combining HDDs and solid-state drives (SSDs) are yet another option to consider when balancing the price-performance equation.

    Points of comparison for IT organizations weighing the various options from all-flash array (AFA) vendors include IOPS, latency, throughput, raw and usable capacity, flash type, networking options, architecture type (scale-up vs. scale-out), and supported storage features, such as data deduplication and compression, thin provisioning, snapshots, replication and encryption.

    The original use case for AFAs was typically to accelerate the performance of a niche application with high I/O requirements. AFAs have since become more popular for primary storage, running multiple application workloads on a single flash array now that the products offer the capacity, management and storage capabilities to put them on par with HDD-based systems.

    The use of denser, less expensive flash, such as multi-level cell and triple-level cell 3D NAND, and data reduction technologies are giving rise to claims from AFA vendors that their products can match or beat the price of high-end storage arrays equipped with the fastest spinning disks. So IT organizations need to compare the features and capabilities of many of the leading AFAs against specific criteria to select the right AFA to meet their technical and business needs.

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