I, just like my colleague Tony Paikeday, am somewhat preoccupied these days with the fast changing world of the desktop and its impact on data center infrastructures. I wanted to pick up on Tony’s desktop virtualization “just another workload” blog back in November because it is a subject of growing discussion, especially with “cloud” being all the buzz. While desktops are an increasingly popular workload to get started with private cloud initiatives, does that mean that data center architects are mixing desktops with more traditional data center workloads?
Talking to our system engineers who are helping plan and design desktop virtualization deployments day in day out…..the more I learn there are very good reasons for treating this workload as special and separate.
The first thing I hear about is sizing of the desktop workload. A “desktop” is not a “desktop”. You can’t just characterize a generic Win 7 desktop for compute, memory, I/O and storage IOPS. You need to be able to customize the infrastructure profile to the specific user type being deployed. Therein lays the danger of mixing these virtual desktops with production workloads, where desktops could end up capturing valuable resources of mission critical services. For example consolidating a company procurement application on the same compute pool as your desktop workloads could result in a lot of unproductive – or even worse –unhappy employees.
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Tags: Cisco Virtualization Experience Infrastructure, Cius, desktop virtualization, security, UCS, vdi, vsg, vxi, workload, zero clients
My $0.02: Skip the buffet, Celine, Cirque, and the slots, but don’t skip learning about Cisco Virtualization Experience Infrastructure (VXI) with EMC. Read More »
Tags: Cisco, citrix, Cius, desktop, EMC, security, vdi, virtualization, VMware, vsg, vxc, vxi
Guest Post by Rex Backman (Global Marketing Manager, Microsoft Solutions at Cisco)
Please join us for a four-part webcast series hosted by Cisco. During this webinar series Cisco and Microsoft experts will show you how to architect, deploy, and manage Microsoft applications on the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) platform. Industry experts will also share their experiences on implementing Microsoft SQL Server, SharePoint, Exchange, and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) offerings. Throughout the series, we will discuss relevant architectural, technical, and operational benefits and best practices. This information will be available to you via Cisco Validated Design (CVD) reference architectures.
The first chapter kicks on May 10th – so please visit www.cisco.com/go/semreg/urls/44768/1 for registration information.
Here are the details of what will be covered in each webcast.
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Tags: Cisco, Cisco CVD, CiscoUCS, cloud, Exchange 2010, Microsoft, Sharepoint, SQl Server 2008, vdi
There has been huge customer and partner interest in FlexPod for VMware since its launch in November 2010. The key FlexPod values that are resonating well with the customers are:
- Flexible ITaaS platform built from simple, unified compute, fabric, and storage infrastructure
- Simplified purchase and flexible scale out model accelerates journey to private and hybrid cloud
- Cisco CVD based architectures and channel partner enabled deployment services for both the base FlexPod infrastructure and layered Tier-1 enterprise applications (Microsoft, SAP, VDI, etc.).
- Centralized management enabling streamlined operations
- Open management framework allowing simplified integration with 3rd party orchestration tools
- Streamlined response to identify and quickly solve potential issues, enabled by cooperative 24/7 support model
I want to highlight that the CVD Program has been around for over a decade and has proved its worth time and again to help design and deploy next generation network architectures across the globe.
What do Channel Partners have to say about FlexPod for VMware?
Here is a short video by Paul Sorgiovanni, Data Management Practice Manager at Empired (one of the leading FlexPod global partner based in Australia). In this video, Paul explains how FlexPod for VMware has been extremely helpful in making their customers successful, and helped Empired evolve as a trusted advisor for their fast growing customer base.
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Tags: Cisco, Cisco CVD, CVD, Exchange 2010, FlexPod, netapp, Oracle, SAP, Sharepoint, SQL Server, vdi, virtualization, VMware
Are you going to HIMSS next week? If so, I wanted to share the following with you. Read More »
Tags: desktop virtualization, healthcare, himss, netapp, UCS, vdi, VMware, vxi