By Mark Jobson, Ajubeo VP of Marketing
Since its inception, the vision of the Virtual Desktop has promised significant benefits to IT departments by way of operational efficiency gains, data loss prevention, and Total Cost of Operation (TCO) reduction amongst others.
So why has it taken so long for the market to hit its stride?
There have been concerns to date about the viability of cloud-based virtual desktops (DaaS) that have inhibited market growth. Was it secure enough? Would the offering be reliable enough to sustain and enhance worker productivity? Would the performance really be comparable to the traditional workstation? Would it cause a prohibitive increase in network costs?
Fortunately, the rapid pace of adoption for Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) has calmed the security concerns for most companies - SMBs to enterprise. If the CIA can go IaaS, most companies figure they can as well. And with virtual desktop management enablers such as Desktone providing real security in a multi-tenant delivery model for CSPs, the concerns have been properly addressed form a software perspective as well. Desktone has worked with VMware and storage providers such as NetApp to ensure maximum integration with vSuite, VMware View/Horizon, FlexClone, OnCommand, Flash Cache and Clustered ONTAP to reduce latency and potential security holes.
With the security barrier-to-entry out of the way, IT executives are free to explore the performance and TCO reality of the virtual desktop and decide for themselves whether it is as advertised.
And just in time.
The rapid shift toward mobility and Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) has made the benefits of DaaS that much more enticing. Every employee workstation including smart phones and tablets, thin and zero clients, and laptops and desktops – is powered by central, corporate-controlled cloud infrastructure. When employees hit ‘save’ on their Excel financial model, it saves to cloud storage controlled by IT, not the personal workstation. It is also backed-up in the cloud for easy restoration. Data Loss Prevention (DLP) teams can rest easy knowing their IP is no longer at the risk of a disgruntled employee making a bad decision in the heat of the moment.
But it still has to work. And work well.
There is probably no more visible IT service delivery than desktop support. Every employee interfaces with it at some point. Some, more taxing employees, seem to interface with it multiple times per day. So, if IT decides to move its employees to a virtual desktop model and it doesn’t work, productivity grinds to a halt and all eyes turn to the virtual desktop decision maker..
This is where high-performance cloud infrastructure providers like Ajubeo come into play.
Ajubeo starts with a focus on reliability - a 100% uptime track record for its entire IaaS cloud platform, high-availability architecture for its Business Desktop (shared compute), Enterprise Desktop (private compute), and Graphics Desktop (private compute and dedicated NVIDIA graphics processors), Clustered Data ONTAPP 8.2 for its 100% NetApp storage offering, maximum uptime datacenters for every cloud hub deployment, and redundant, best-of-breed technology at every stack position including carrier-grade networking gear and the world’s top-rated firewall in FORTINET.
Ajubeo then focuses on performance to ensure a sub-millisecond, ultra-low latency environment for the end-user. Ajubeo builds its virtual desktop images on high-performance NetApp storage with the largest allowable amount of Flash Cache to deliver maximum IOPS performance. Since the virtual desktops are native to the Ajubeo Unified Cloud Platform, file-share storage (customer chooses SATA, SAS and/or SSD) is delivered from the same platform, reducing risk and latency when compared to companies who are leveraging another vendor’s infrastructure to deliver their DaaS offering. Ajubeo also provides the latest in Intel and NVIDIA processors to ensure maximum power for compute-intensive workloads and end-users.
The result is a virtual desktop that addresses both the availability and performance concerns of the most discerning of IT executives or end-user, even when dealing with 3D CAD models or large, HD video and graphics files.
Ajubeo selected the Desktone management platform for its unique cloud features and flexibility, as well as its ability to enable faster, more efficient customer on-boarding and management at scale. Ajubeo works with emerging companies as well as the enterprise, so the ability to remain agile when onboarding customer deployments that can exceed 20,000 desktops is critical to business operations.
As for the cost barrier, according to Tom Whitcomb, Ajubeo Co-Founder and Colorado CIO of the Year, the offering reduces desktop TCO by 42% or more when compared to the traditional workstation model.
For those looking to experience the Ajubeo/Desktone Virtual Desktop combination in action, there will be live, interactive demos by Ajubeo in the NetApp booth at VMworld from 11:00 AM to 2:30 PM on Monday, August 26th.
You may also request a demo directly from Ajubeo at Sales@Ajubeo.com