One the corporate side of the house I will being giving the only VDI session at the .Next Conference that is taking place from June 8 – 10 this year. Having only one corporate session on VDI really shows how the company has evolved over the years. VDI was an easy use case for Nutanix because you needed to buy both storage and compute and our scale out story helped to fix a good amount of poor planning and design around VDI.
Roll forward to today and we have companies putting their financial systems on Nutanix in a big away and have the ability to scale out storage and compute in a variety of ways. The company has moved passed speeds, feeds and density talks and now it’s the broader picture of how to manage the datacenter and deliver an end to end experience. The amount of talent we have in house on VDI is being scary, like Kees Baggerman
, Dan Fallon
, Andre Leibovici
and the list goes on. So while I have an outline of my session I will be asking for help from the whole company to provide you the best session in regards to Nutanix and VDI.
My .Next Session: VDI Best Practices
Speakers: Dwayne Lessner, Senior Technical Marketing Engineer, Nutanix; Co-presented with a Nutanix Customer
This technical session will provide real-world information on how to properly size, build, and configure the right Nutanix web-scale infrastructure for any VDI environment, including Citrix XenDesktop and VMware Horizon View deployments. A Nutanix engineer and a Virtualization Expert deploying Nutanix will discuss desktop sizing considerations, and detail best practices for scaling your VDI deployment to hundreds or thousands of desktops. The session will also present advanced techniques for optimizing the delivery of virtual desktops in your organization.
In this session, you will learn: How and when to use advanced Nutanix features, such as Shadow Clones and de-duplication; Best practices for sizing a hyper-converged infrastructure, including platform selection, cluster sizing and resource requirements for the Nutanix controller VM (CVM); Best practices for configuring Microsoft Distribute File System (DFS) to store and manage VDI user data.
My question to people attending is, What do you want to know more about? What are topics do you want covered? If you have some ideas please email me at dwayne (at) nutanix.com or leave a comment.