During the course of this year we have seen the desktop virtualization market mature from tire kicking pilots to some pretty large deployments, including some over 10,000 seats. Cisco UCS has been a very popular platform for these deployments with hundreds of Citrix XenDesktop or VMware View implementations as you can learn from a recent video blog by our VDI product manager, Ashok Rajagopalan.
Latest UCS Innovations for VDI: And during the course of the year we have continued to innovate on the UCS platform to make sure it continues to support ever greater virtual desktop hosting scalability and simplicity, while also continuing to drive down implementation and operations costs. For example recent improvements include:
• 2-fold increases in UCS fabric capacity and 4 fold increase in server I/O capacity to allow more virtual desktops per server to be hosted without any performance degradation, even during boot or logon storms
• Improved Virtual NIC capabilities ensure the multitude of networks (client/LAN/SAN/NAS/Cluster etc.) that need to be supported in a virtual desktop environment get the quality of service each requires over a unified fabric
• Unified port capabilities, ensure a more cost effective solution that supports all traffic types 10GE/FC/FCOE/NFS/iSCSI through a common port
• Increases in desktop density and management domain scalability resulting in over 30,000 Windows 7 desktops supported in a single UCS management domain
• Advanced virtual services such as security (VSG), monitoring (vNAM) and WAN optimization (vWAAS) for more scalable, flexible and cost effective services.
So What’s Next? We are now talking with many IT organizations that have deployed desktop virtualization successfully for initial low hanging use cases like task working, call centers or other profiles that have relatively limited requirements….and are now considering what’s next.
And that’s where this next phase of Cisco VXI really comes in. Raising the bar on desktop virtualization to the point where IT can start offering unified virtual desktops, voice and video to every type of use case and worker in the organization. And do that with the confidence that the desktop virtualization architecture and the communications architecture are completely in harmony (which was not the case before), so that users get the virtual workspace experience they need without compromises.
I think Phil Sherburne, who leads the VXI engineering initiative said it really well:
“We are delivering on the promise we made when we introduced VXI last year. That announcement was about all of the blocking and tackling of systems integration and optimizing the compute, and showing how to configure third-party technology. Now we are saying, ‘Here you go. You can have the same high-quality voice and video in the virtual desktop environment, all in one package.’ And we are also saying ‘We’ve made it easier for IT managers to deploy and manage a virtual workspace environment, and if you need help, you only have to make one phone call’”
Learn More About the New VXI Enhancements: I urge you to learn about the exciting new VXI enhancements—from a concise executive overview to a comprehensive technical briefing—by visiting the Cisco Collaboration Virtual Launch Experience. You can attend the live or recorded announcement with leaders from Cisco product teams and interact with Cisco experts or peers.
Come Visit Us: Also if you have the good fortune to be attending Gartner ITxpo in Orlando, VMware VMworld in Copenhagen or Citrix Synergy in Barcelona, come look up the Cisco booth for an in-depth VXI briefing on what’s new and live demos of the new products.