VDI Comes of Age with Windows 10



by Patrick Brennan

This article is the third in a three-part series. Read the first part here and the second part here.

Whenever Microsoft introduces a new version of Windows, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) steps back into the spotlight for its benefits over traditional and antiquated end user computing methods. Over the years, newer generations of VDI have become less expensive and easier to manage by IT generalists. Modern VDI solutions no longer require huge storage systems, complicated infrastructures or deeply experienced IT teams to administer them. The simplicity of hyperconverged solutions and the efficiency of software defined storage (SDS) have matured the technology just in time for the adoption of Windows 10.

Solving the Historical Challenges of VDI
Historically, storage platforms accounted for the greatest challenge for VDI solutions. VDI required large and expensive storage infrastructures that took a lot of time to setup, deploy and administer. Though storage requirements have changed significantly, storage systems in the past were built to address capacity over performance, which resulted in a poor user experience and added complexities.

VDI helped pioneer the need for both capacity and performance, dramatically shaking up the traditional storage architecture. With hardware unable to keep up, SDS solutions are altering storage systems the same way that server virtualization changed server hardware.

SDS enables administrators to pool and abstract physical storage to apply data services at the software level for increased performance and significant data reduction. These two features dramatically reduce the amount of required storage, which makes it less expensive than traditional PCs. As a result, VDI offers a smaller footprint, is simple to setup, maintain, and support, making it eaiser to deliver a seamless Windows 10 environment. In addition, Windows 10 users on VDI get a superior experience over a PC due to the faster SDS and server computing performance.

Simplifying and Scaling VDI through Hyperconvergence
This new software defined approach also paves the way for the introduction of hyperconverged computing, which is ideal for VDI deployments, especially in Windows 10. Administrators can consolidate all of their compute, storage, and networking into servers that are easier to manage, replacing complex infrastructures of mixed hardware that caused many IT frustratrations. Hyperconverged solutions remove the guesswork of scaling and sizing VDI with a more modular and predictable architecture that is easy to support and maintain.

With the simplicity of hyperconverged solutions and the efficiency of software defined storage, VDI is now the optimal platform for delivering Windows 10 to an end user. As administrators look for greater agility and a way to respond faster to the demands of their users, VDI provides organizations the new era of sophisticated and secure end user computing. VDI has finally arrived just in time for businesses to deliver a Windows 10 environment that’s not only the best experience for their users, but also their IT organization, and all for a cost that’s less than a PC.

Patrick Brennan is the senior product marketing manager, Applications and Platforms at Atlantis Computing.

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