Inherent performance challenges with the wide area network (WAN), including distance, latency, limited and costly bandwidth, and unforeseeable outages, can result in a poor experience for the user of interactive applications and other IT services. Even with sufficient bandwidth, the challenges of too much latency or outages over the WAN can lead to poorapplication performance and the inability to smoothly deliver virtual services at remote locations.
VMware and Riverbed will showcase a combined solution that significantly reduces the effect of WAN latency, dramatically reducing the need for high-cost bandwidth and ensuring continuous operations in the event of a WAN outage. The combined solution delivers a high quality experience for VMware View users while at the same time reducing the operational and management costs for remote and branch offices.
“With the growing popularity of virtual desktops that offer new levels of flexibility and control to the enterprise, a key factor in judging the success of the deployment is end user satisfaction,” said Joe Skorupa, vice president, distinguished analyst at Gartner. “Virtual desktop infrastructures are fundamentally challenging enterprises to rethink how they deliver applications and services to end users. To be successful, IT organisations must be able to assure end users that they can do their jobs as effectively as when they had a full desktop client.”
Enabling Successful VDI Adoption
Finding a cost-effective and reliable way to manage end users in the branch office has become a priority for many organisations. A growing number of organisations view the centralisation and management of branch environments through desktop virtualisation as an effective approach to streamline desktop and application management while reducing costs, improving security, meeting regulatory requirements, and increasing flexibility and productivity.
Enterprises have invested in larger and more costly redundant WAN connections, which may not provide end users with a consistent experience as interactive applications can still perform poorly over distance. In addition, local print and application servers that are not centralised with desktops in the data centre can slow end user access to applications and data.
“VMware View offers our employees a secure method to access their applications, share data, and collaborate over greatdistances; and the IT team maintains its ability to centrally manage desktops to streamline IT operations,” said Tim Lewis, vice president of business development, at Itex, Inc., a Canada-based supplier and integrator of advanced information technology infrastructure. “The innovative approach by Riverbed and VMware promises to safeguard against events that we cannot control—like WAN outages—and deliver LAN performance in our distributed computing environment.”
100% Consolidation and LAN Performance at the Edge
Edge-VSI, enabled by the Riverbed Granite appliance, allows organisations to consolidate and manage all edge servers in the data centre. Edge-VSI extends centrally managed data to distributed endusers, enabling IT to fully consolidate branch servers, virtual desktops, applications, and end user data to the data centre, yet deliver services such as VDI to the edge as if they were local. With the VMware View BOD solution, organisations can centrally provision, manage, protect and project VMware View desktops to the branch for local connectivity – all at a lower total cost of ownership. This preview will demonstrate how organisations are enabled to maximise uptime, streamline desktop management and drive down operational costs.
The VMware View BPD solution provides the same benefits as the enhanced VMware View BOD solution but further extends high-speed performance for VDI by delivering desktops as a managed service to contact centre agents, offshore developers and outsourced workers. The enhanced BPDsolution with edge-VSI and VMware View enables organisations to achieve complete control and consolidation and lowers infrastructure cost while giving end users a highly responsive computing experience across networks and locations.
“Organisations that want virtual desktop solutions to simplify deployment, improve security and manage IT more efficiently depend on VMware View,” said Vittorio Viarengo, vice president, end-user computing, at VMware. “By furthering our partnership with Riverbed, we will deliver a solution that can provide a consistent experience to end users over any distance, allowing organisations to realise the full benefit of VMware View environments, while enabling reliable performance, efficiency and productivity – all at a lower cost.”
“Enterprises demand LAN performance regardless of where their IT infrastructure, data or end users are located,” said John Martin, senior vice president, product management, at Riverbed. “Thiscollaborative effort by Riverbed and VMware helps organisations provide users with a seamless experience when accessing their desktop, applications and data by accelerating performance regardless of location.”