Last year we were pretty adamanent that VDI was an 8% Solution. (Don't Waste Your Time with it.)
What a differenence a year makes! All the things that VDI mean to do, but could not, now with VDI 2.0, is possible.
We realize that you spend a lot of time in Q4 and even part of Q1 planning out the upcoming year's infrastructure, so below is a summary of why you need to be aware of the changes that VDI 2.0 enables and how you can take advantage of them to save money, time, and simplicity with this hot new technology.
Get an insider's look at the foundation and decisions that became VDI architecture.
In this slideshare:
- The background on VDI's storage requirements
- How technology addressed the mismatch between the read and write requirements of servers vs. desktop workloads
- Results obtained by most organizations
- Hints to the future of VDI
VDI is dead! Or is it?
Most investors and analysts have given up on VDI. Earlier this year, I wrote an article VDI is an 8% solution. Stop wasting your time on it. However, many companies haven't written off VDI. They need to deliver Windows desktops to a certain segment of their population. An 8% for a company with 500,000 employees is still 40,000 desktops! These companies often have a small army of engineers (30-40) dedicated to keep the infrastructure operational and struggle with VDI performance and cost. VDI with legacy architecture is a problem at large-scale, but it's also a problem at 500 desktops.
There are 3 main reasons for failed VDI 1.0 adoption for ROBO deployments:
- WAN reliability concerns: end to end WAN reliability concerns and cost makes it hard to centralize all the desktops
- Poor performance over high latency links: network latency over 100ms makes it difficult to provide consistent performance to end users. WAN optimization appliances couldn't solve this problem either.
- Complexity: expansion of the VDI management stack from a single product to a unwieldy suite of components has resulted in a lot of complexity that defeats the original OpEx promise.
VDI 2.0 is the next generation of desktop virtualization and application delivery. Built for the cloud and hyper-converged infrastructure, VDI 2.0 enables IT to deliver virtualized desktops and applications without the cost and performance challenges associated with VDI 1.0 and the legacy datacenter architecture.
To level set, VDI 1.0 was hobbled by performance and cost issues:
- High CapEx & OpEx of servers and storage
- High OpEx of VDI software
- Poor User Experience for many classes of apps and on mobile devices
When we announced our VDI 2.0 solution with our friends at Nutanix last Monday, we hoped that others would share our excitement.
Noted industry blogger and author of The VDI Delusion, Brian Madden has written about Workspot before, so we reached out to him to see what he thought of our new development. In his post published this morning, he gives his take on what this announcement can mean to CIOs, Enterprise Architects and IT directors looking to optimize their organizations.
Recently, I've been getting this question more frequently as more analysts are discussing workspace. Let me step back to level set.
The diagram depicts the problem you are trying to solve: deliver any app or desktop to any device, managed or un-managed. Apps can be windows client server, web, SaaS, native, or hybrid. So there are two ways for IT to solve this requirement: deliver VDI or a Workspace. But how do you choose which is right solution for you?
The complex VDI operational bits are moved into the Workspot Cloud. The virtual desktops images are deployed on hyper-converged infrastructure in your data center and operated from the Workspot Cloud. A workspace comes built-in with VDI 2.0 so you can deliver desktops and apps in a single unified springboard! (Don't just take our word for it, Brian Madden thinks it makes good sense too.)
In 2010, Gartner forecast that VDI deployments would account for 15-30% of enterprise PCs. Based on a worldwide market of 400 million enterprise PCs, that would mean that there were going to be 60m-120m deployed virtual desktops. However, the latest Gartner numbers for virtual desktops are that they will be 8% of enterprise PCs, and roughly 5% have been deployed to date. VDI 1.0's complexity slows adoption - adoption of VDI has been significantly lower than the initial Gartner forecast in 2010. Why?
Simply put, the legacy data center architecture is incompatible with VDI.
I'm sure everyone has heard of the Pepsi Challenge - the one where there was a blind tasting of two identical looking colas that more or less fill the same need. To this day I'm not sure who won the challenge, but I know that for a long time there have only been two to choose from in the market.
If you have been in IT or in the market watching VDI evolve, but not into spending millions of dollars or hours to figure it out, you'll definitely relate to those of us who didn't really like cola that much. Like the cola market, we have been waiting for another viable VDI option. We don't want another bolt-on or enhancement, but rather a real perfect VDI solution that delivers desktops, apps and doesn't cost millions of hours and dollars! In previous posts, we itemized all the issues with VDI to date: it's history and the things that have pained all deployments of VDI 1.0. For this post, I'm going to focus on the two main technologies that can make Perfect VDI.
Increasingly, slacking on security is a dangerous proposition. New technologies, such as mobile and cloud, enable businesses, employees to stay connected. However, this means that networks and data are more vulnerable than ever. Despite the risks and the variety of security solutions, both IT departments and users alike often resist utilizing them. What gives? The main reason is simple: Experience with technology like VDI, CMT, and MDM has not been stellar. These solutions are oftentimes simply too difficult deploy, too expensive to operate, too cumbersome to use, or a major hassle to troubleshoot.
In this article we’ll be looking at how next generation VDI technology—we call it VDI 2.0—overcomes these issues. We’ve seen it again and again: When you make VDI easy, adoption skyrockets. Here are 3 ways VDI 2.0 improves security.
Today’s competitive business environment drives decision-makers to continually cut costs. Unfortunately, many technology infrastructure solutions that should supposedly help CIOs save money—such as CMT, MDM, and VDI solutions—only end up costing them more in the long run. Big promises deflate into disappointing returns as rollout gets drawn out for months and maintenance issues end up draining budgets over time. Sadly, one of the worst offenders of this group is the first generation of VDI.
Synonymous with high CapEx and OpEx for servers, storage, and software, VDI 1.0 may have solved some major IT issues, but it introduced significant budget problems. However, thanks to new innovations, such as the cloud and hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI), VDI 2.0 overcomes the cost issues that scared many investors and analysts away. These are the three most important ways VDI 2.0 lowers IT costs.
Why is VDI Adoption only 26%?
Chances are if you’re reading this you’re no stranger to VDI. We’ve all heard of the benefits and use cases it enables--remote access, business continuity, and increase productivity just to name a few. If it’s so great though, how come VDI adoption is only as high as 26% in enterprise companies and in only select industries according to Forrester Research Business Technographics® Global Infrastructure Survey, 2014?
The truth is that VDI 1.0 is a great concept but simply too complex for many organization to put into practice when the following real life barriers to adoption are considered: