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A New Era: Desktop Virtualization Has Finally Come of Age

by Community Manager ‎05-25-2016 10:09 AM - edited ‎05-25-2016 10:11 AM (1,692 Views)

Desktop Virtualization (VDI) offers many promising benefits such as lower maintenance costs, greater flexibility, increased reliability, and ease of management. This is why VDI as a technology has rapidly gained popularity among many industries including healthcare, retail, financial services, manufacturing, and much more. At the same time, IT departments are always struggling with over-provisioning or under-provisioning their VDI infrastructure as their organization's scale, to ensure a consistent user experience. A successful VDI deployment should have the right ingredients of design, architecture, scale, policy management, and application considerations.


Nutanix brings innovative service offerings that substantially lower the risk of deploying VDI and simplify the entire deployment process. I wanted to draw your attention to two such services.


VDI Assurance

Nutanix VDI assurance eliminates the risk of incorrect infrastructure sizing for desktop virtualization projects. Under the VDI Assurance program, Nutanix ensures that your virtual desktops always get the compute (virtual CPU and memory) and storage (performance and capacity) resources they need to meet end user VDI expectations.


[ Related: Nutanix at Citrix Synergy 2016: Enterprise Clouds for Apps and Desktops ]


IT managers can now simply determine the type and number of VDI users in their environment, work with Nutanix to assess their infrastructure sizing requirements and make VDI purchases based on their end-users needs. This eliminates the guesswork associated with sizing traditional datacenter infrastructure. If the Nutanix configuration covered by VDI Assurance is unable to deliver the server and storage resources necessary to provide virtual desktops, Nutanix will remedy the situation at no extra cost. Moreover, the service includes 2 FitCheck service delivered by a certified Nutanix consultant, giving IT managers unprecedented, 100 percent predictability in performance and costs.


VDI Deployment Service

Nutanix services team acts as a trusted advisor and partner to our customers, with extensive experience in VDI and multiple industry verticals. Our customers have come to enjoy a hassle-free and efficient VDI deployment, as quickly as 4-6 weeks. How do we ensure fast deployment, when the industry average is 3+ months? The secret lies in gathering real-world experience from years of deploying VDI. The service offers structured questionnaires for requirement gathering, templates for user-profiles and desktop provisioning, and a resilient architecture and design followed by configuration and testing. The result is a robust, simple, and scalable VDI deployment. Customers can be confident that their VDI platform is tuned for performance and reliability on top of the Nutanix web-scale platform!


Here are some sample deliverables from the Citrix XenDesktop VDI deployment service:


  • Detailed design session to understand implementation goals and define appropriate architecture
  • Physical, logical, network, and security design review
  • VLAN/PortGroup design/creation
  • Deploy Citrix XenDesktop infrastructure components as virtual machines
  • Connect to existing infrastructure services
  • AD, DNS/NTP, vCenter, Storage optimizations
  • Compression/Dedup, # of Containers
  • Prepare Master/Gold desktop images - Windows XP/7/8
  • Provision Virtual Desktops

Accurately designing, deploying and sizing datacenter infrastructure that can scale beyond the pilot significantly lowers the risk of failed projects. Nutanix VDI Assurance and Nutanix VDI Deployment service delivers on this promise. Learn more at www.nutanix.com/vdi


Are you at Citrix Synergy 2016 in Las Vegas? Stop by our booth #605 to talk to the experts about simplifying your VDI deployment and learn first-hand from our consultants on their tried and tested VDI deployment methodology!


This post was authored by Rachna Srivastava, Sr. Solutions Marketing Manager


Citrix Runs on Nutanix Enterprise Cloud

by Community Manager on ‎05-24-2016 07:52 AM (2,136 Views)

Citrix and Nutanix jointly deliver solutions for desktop and application virtualization across multiple industries and organizations with tens to tens of thousands of end users. Nutanix is certified Citrix Ready for Citrix XenApp, Citrix XenDesktop, Citrix NetScaler and more. Nutanix enterprise clouds deliver predictable user experience, linear scalability and lower TCO for Citrix workloads.



This week Nutanix is at Citrix Synergy, be sure to stop by the Nutanix booth #605 to experience the Nutanix and Citrix solution first hand with live demos, meetings with Nutanix experts including customized sizing exercises, and informative NEXT theater sessions including customer presentations, technology topics, and partner solutions.


Make sure to follow Nutanix and #NutanixatSynergy for real-time event updates throughout the week. You can also send us a note at Citrix@nutanix.com to set up a meeting with a Nutanix solution expert.


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