The data center ecosystem is a quickly changing landscape designed to support evolving business demands. Most of all – these systems are tasked with creating greater levels of density and even more efficiency. With so much new data being created and so many new users connecting into the data center – it’s not always easy to keep up.
When supporting new applications and data points – it’s critical to take into consideration the impact on the user and the business. New types of VDI and end-point technologies can make the experience great – but can the hardware support it? Organizations are taking a close look at their data center environments to see where new hardware systems can make big differences.
With that in mind – let’s look at how you can overcome some end-of-life issues:
- Challenge: Aging physical hardware components. This is where the story behind the resurgence around VDI and new hardware architecture has really taken place. In the past, purchasing new end-points was a no-brainer as they approached their end-of-life. Today, there are a lot of considerations around use-cases, user mobility, content delivery, and even virtualization. Do you buy another laptop for your user? Or, do you give them a desktop box to work with? Maybe you’re working with a mobility initiative which allows even more options. What about your server infrastructure? Can it support new VDI and virtualization initiatives? The point is that you now need a much more versatile tool which can accommodate a quickly evolving business and user model.
- Solution: Your underlying hardware components must all support your business and IT initiatives. This means, at the data center level – server, blade, GPU, and virtualization technologies all work together to bring the best possible experience based on user context. Data center integration means coupling core infrastructure resources and then impacting user experiences. That means users can come in from any device and always have the best experience possible. For the user, this means they can use whichever device that makes them most productive. For the IT administrator, this means using a centralized delivery methodology which offers the greatest amount of device freedom and control. VDI and a modern data center simply offer the business and IT ecosystem a lot more options around device control. To overcome physical EOL challenges – your organizations must understand upcoming initiatives and where your current environment falls short. Even if it’s “still working” for you – it could be costing you dollars in productivity and market effectiveness.
- Challenge: Dealing with OS end of life. Maybe you’re operating system isn’t running quite as well natively. Or, more likely – your operating system ecosystem is quickly coming to its end of life. What do you do? Do you deploy a number of new end-points with new standalone operating systems? Today, many organizations are now looking at VDI and cloud to help them overcome EOL operating system challenges to create a highly agile, software-driven environment. However, like any other software move, the migration can prove to be very expensive — new hardware, new training, compatibility testing with legacy applications, side-by-side environments during a transition period, and so on will eat away any budget quickly.
- Solution: This may be an ideal time to move to a virtual desktop environment utilizing hosted applications with powerful graphics optimization options. By using hybrid clouds environments you can bring cross-platform environments to the end-user. Take this as an example – VDI and hosted application solutions, when coupled with graphics optimization, allows a user to sign into a PC at an office and begin working on a Word document. That same user can then migrate to another office and launch the same session and continue working on the same Word document. Finally, while working remotely on an iPad, the user can connect to a private cloud which will then allow him to resume his session on a Windows 10 desktop. When the connection occurs, the user will resume working on the same Word document. By using VDI and the cloud, organizations can bring a seamless user experience to their workforce. Most of all – you begin to innovate at the pace of software. Operating systems can be upgraded more quickly, users can be migrated more effectively, and you can create a much more powerful user experience.
New types VDI and cloud deployment use-cases are changing the way we look at content and workload delivery. The types of optimizations we can create allow administrators to create a truly powerful user experience. With that in mind – whether you’re experience an OS or end-point EOL challenge – using VDI and cloud options can greatly improve the economics around your entire data center.