Bad habits with VDI can kill an implementation. In 2018, it will be essential to keep in mind storage, graphics processing, saving thin clients and monitoring security.
The change to a new year is a great opportunity to make some changes, including the elimination of bad habits. Maybe you want to cut those midnight snacks or stop skipping the gym.
You should also put bad VDI management habits in the rearview mirror in 2018. It is possible that some VDI stores have tried to cut back a little too much in the past, which has caused performance problems, or that have not accommodated the increase in graphics. intensive applications Whatever the case may be, kicking these four bad habits in regards to VDI management can generate a first-class 2018.
Skimping in storage
To avoid the main VDI performance issues, it is important that IT does not cut corners with storage. It is common to try to include as many virtual desktops in as little storage space as possible to save money. This can allow boot storms, antivirus scans, and unpredictable user behavior to obstruct the UX. Lack of storage can also cause I / O latency and contention issues as virtual desktops struggle for resources.
One way to combat capacity problems is to use a totally flash matrix. The price of arrays with full flash has decreased to the point where larger organizations should consider the technology. With a fully flash array, VDI stores get deduplication and compression, which work to eradicate redundant data throughout the deployment. In addition, IT can put I / O bottlenecks in the past and include more desktops per disk than with other storage methods. And now that there are multi-level and triple-cell arrays, IT can store more than one petabyte of data, since these arrays store two or more bits per cell instead of the traditional one bit per cell.
Forgetting the security benefits of VDI monitoring
A good monitoring tool improves VDI management by giving IT professionals information about how everything works throughout the deployment, from user experience to security measures. They can analyze how virtual desktops run on smartphones versus how they run on laptops, for example.
From a security perspective, IT can use monitoring tools to ensure that there is no suspicious activity on the network. If IT detects an intrusion, it can identify exactly which connection was responsible. IT professionals can also combat malware by cutting links from an infected desktop to the network.
With a view to the thin clients
One way to save money with VDI is to adopt thin clients for users who only need access to a single application or web browser. The Raspberry Pi is the cheapest option, with only $ 35. It's little more than a circuit board, so IT has to add memory cards, cases, keyboards and more to make it a viable endpoint, but still It is profitable.
Google Chromebooks are also options and have a price range. Low-end options, such as Dell Chromebook 11 3180, are less than $ 400. The actual savings with Chromebooks come from the time and effort that IT saves in VDI management. Chromebooks run automated security audits and perform verified searches every time they turn on, for example. During a verified boot, Chromebooks are scanned to see if system files have been changed. If it detects tampering, it resets itself.
VDI stores can also consider NComputing, which has a line of N-series thin clients designed to work with Citrix desktop virtualization. These thin clients, which include the N400, the N500 HDX SoC and the N600, use on-chip system technology to carry all the circuits and parts that the devices need to operate on a microchip. Its price ranges from $ 200 to $ 300. Igel Technology, Lenovo and HP Inc. also offer thin client options that save costs.
Ignoring the need for better graphics processing
It may seem ridiculous that a user who only accesses Microsoft Office or works exclusively on a web browser needs the same graphics processing power as someone who uses computer-aided design applications, but that is the reality now. Users of all types should be able to stream videos and access large visual files without performance interruptions.
For VDI management to deliver the graphics processing products, you must consider the virtual graphics processing units (vGPU), which remove the load from users' endpoints and place it on the host server. The devices only have to decode what the server sends its way. Nvidia offers some vGPU options, such as virtual grid applications, that can send Windows applications to Citrix XenApp or Microsoft Remote Desktop session desktops. Intel also offers a vGPU product called Graphics Virtualization Technology.