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Horizon 7 Reference Architecture with Windows 10

by Community Manager on ‎10-17-2016 10:42 AM (643 Views)

VMware Horizon 7 on Nutanix, practical sizing and design guidance for VMware Horizon desktop virtualization. This validated reference architecture highlights the advantages of using the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform to seamlessly scale and deliver consistent robust performance for VMware Horizon 7.

 

Horizon 7 allows you to provision virtual or hosted desktops and applications through one VDI platform, while Nutanix eliminates bottlenecks and provides business continuity by providing robust disaster recovery options for businesses of any size.

 

Running VMware Horizon 7 on Nutanix offers benefits that include:

 

  • Scale linearly from 100s to 1,000s of users without changing your design.
  • Eliminate VDI complexity and risk with turnkey infrastructure.
  • Fast cloning with View Composer Array Integration (VCAI).
  • Several deployment options for App Volumes and user profiles.
  • Integrated disaster recovery for linked-clone desktops and AppStacks with little additional overhead.

 

Download this free guide for detailed performance results as well as general sizing and design recommendations.

 

Continue the conversation in the community forums! 

 

Go one step further with Acropolis File Services for your VDI deployments

by Community Manager ‎10-10-2016 06:00 AM - edited ‎10-10-2016 10:14 AM (2,020 Views)

This post was authored by Shubhika Taneja, Product Marketing Manager, at Nutanix.

 

Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform has a really long and bright track record of success with end user computing (EUC) including VDI and application virtualization deployments, with hundreds of thousands of hosted, virtual and shared desktops running on Nutanix since 2011. Predictable and linear scale, simple out-of-the-box deployment, no storage bottlenecks resulting in consistent user experience, and validated designs for Citrix and VMware are just some of the reasons that make Nutanix a top choice for application and desktop virtualization  across the industry.

 

Now, there is more good news for customers who are running VDI on Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform. Any EUC deployment has a few key use cases for which they have to resort to a standalone NAS: user profiles and home directories as well as departmental shares. Acropolis File Services (AFS) can bridge the gap by eliminating the requirement of a standalone file server or NAS for these use cases.

 

AFS is a software-defined scale-out file storage and serving solution with unified management for VM and file services. It is a core component of the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform, and can be enabled on any Nutanix cluster in just a few clicks out of Nutanix Prism.

 

 

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Consolidating VM and File Storage on the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform

 

 

What does this mean for EUC deployments?

 

  1. Since home directories, user profiles, and departmental shares for the VDI users can now be hosted on the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform without the need of an external file server, this gives end to end control to the VDI administrators eliminating the standalone NAS silos.
  2. Everything can be managed from Prism, the Nutanix management solution, giving a single management plane and eliminating complexities to manage an external NAS that requires dedicated knowledge.
  3. If you have spare cluster capacity on an existing Nutanix cluster, you can get better cluster utilization, by deploying AFS on the same cluster thereby reducing costs. Alternately AFS can also be deployed on a standalone Nutanix cluster.
  4. AFS inherits the rich enterprise storage features from the underlying Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform such as intelligent tiering, deduplication, erasure coding and compression.
  5. AFS is feature rich with built in high availability, disaster recovery, user and share quotas and self service restores.

 

AFS provides a natural progression for the Nutanix VDI and application virtualization customers to start hosting their user profiles, home directories, and departmental shares on Nutanix instead of additional file servers or NAS appliances, thus consolidating one more infrastructure layer.

 

Read more details about AFS on the datasheet here.

 

 

Getting Ready For Windows 10

by Community Manager on ‎09-21-2016 05:38 PM (1,520 Views)

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As we exit summer in the US and enjoy the benefits of the fall season, the world has been keeping a close eye on Windows 10. Organizations both public and private are either deploying or getting ready to deploy Windows 10 to their user base.

 

This is for many reasons, the first of which is that Windows 10 recently reached its 1st anniversary on July 29, 2016. To coincide with the milestone, Microsoft also released the Anniversary Update which offers fixes, features and updates that many have been waiting on. The recent update is expected by many to make Windows 10 the best available option from Microsoft and should help accelerate momentum.

 

Many of us have spent the better part of 2016 watching that “Free upgrade to Windows 10” window pop up on your computer if you were running Windows 7. The bad news is that the free upgrade window expired on the 1 year anniversary, but that program helped Microsoft convert a bunch of installs over to Windows 10.

 

The current market share for Windows 10 now reports it as the 2nd most popular desktop operating system with 21% of install base, trailing only Windows 7. These numbers are expected to increase at faster pace over the next 12 months. This will be driven by a number of factors including the following points.

 

The Department of Defense (DoD) issued a mandate that all of their desktop endpoints running a Windows OS would be rapidly migrated to Windows 10. This process started in January of 2016 and must be completed by January of 2017. The main points for the rapid adoption are related to improving security stance and a more consistent user experience throughout the agency.

 

With the DoD leading the way, other government agencies, as well as the private sector, may follow the path to Windows 10 as well as organizations will be looking to take advantage of a modern operating system and its security benefits.

 

Windows 10 offers more than just a better security story, however, as organizations and users will also be looking to take advantage of the updated UX design, speed improvements, the return of the start menu, and touch screen support. Along with these benefits, the new Edge browser is the latest generation of web browsing from Microsoft, with Internet Explorer being left behind on legacy Windows versions.

 

If you’re looking at virtual desktops (VDI) or already in the VDI design phase you may be asking if Windows 10 has any effect on sizing a VDI environment as compared to Windows 7? The answer is yes, Windows 10 does have some additional overhead that will affect VDI density. Currently, Windows 10 deployments offer around 10-20% less density than Windows 7 environments. If you sized the compute layer for 100 users per host on Windows 7, you can expect around 80-90 Windows 10 users per host on the same hardware.

 

In addition to the overhead that Windows 10 adds, recent versions of the Microsoft Office Suite also add extra overhead that can affect density. Designs using Office 2013 can expect about 20% less users than Office 2010, while Office 2016 is roughly 5% less than Office 2013.

 

Many of these increases in overheads can be absorbed by designing [your IT infrastructure?] with the latest generation of Intel CPUs such as Broadwell. If your current environment or yet to be implemented design was created with Windows 7 on Haswell CPUs, you can expect that the newer CPUs will keep you in the same density range for the Windows 10 and Office updates.

 

Just as it was with Windows 7 and XP, it is very important to apply the generic VDI and Windows 10 image optimizations for the templates that will be used to deploy desktops in your environment. Many of these changes are the same with a few updates that are unique to Windows 10. Both Citrix and VMware provide image optimization guides for achieving the best user experience while not affecting density goals. You can also utilize a Best Practice Analyzer created by a group of community experts to help with this process.

 

In keeping with our leadership in the VDI and EUC space, Nutanix is working on updates to various reference architectures, including VMware Horizon View 7 and Citrix XenDesktop/XenApp, covering Windows 10 and Office 2013. 

 

Interested in learning more? Be sure to swing by the Nutanix booth at Microsoft Ignite in Atlanta, GA (booth #1310, September 26 - 30). You can also send us a note at info@nutanix.com or connect with us on Twitter (DM @nutanix).

 

This post was authored by Brian Suhr, Sr Technical Marketing Engineer at Nutanix

 

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