Guest Post: Rich Brumpton, National Virtualization Director, MTM Technologies
Desktop virtualization is among the top 2011 IT priorities1 for many organizations. This deceptively simple term spans a massive array of options ranging from incumbent providers to upstarts to folks solving problems, like printing, that many of us considered pretty well solved a few years ago in the “Server Based Computing” age.
It’s no wonder IT teams tasked with implementing (and later managing) virtualized desktop environments are deeply concerned about complexity and often end up embroiled in seemingly endless review and evaluation processes. Individually selecting best-of-breed components and fitting them together just-so can only take you so far. Every time you get ready to make a decision there is someone waving a new widget or thingamabob in your face that is better, faster, bigger and/or more efficient than what you planned on using.
The most reliable outcome: Paralysis by Analysis.
As an award-winning partner in the deployment of Citrix-based virtualization infrastructures over the past two decades, MTM Technologies has helped hundreds of customers facing this very challenge build efficient solutions. Invariably, however, pulling all the pieces of the puzzle together has required an excessive amount of time or money (and sometimes both).
Just like with building a home, the best way to avoid this trap is to start with a basic, standard design that has been thoroughly tested and architecturally validated yet still gives you options and choice in the details.
The blueprint for our desktop virtualization solution is based on a rigorously tested Cisco Validated Design for Citrix XenDesktop on Cisco UCS and NetApp storage. This CVD outlines the most cost-effective, scalable and high performance architecture for hosting, securing and optimizing the delivery of virtual desktops. Using a validated design as your foundation can dramatically reduce upfront planning time, reduce risk and yield almost immediate results.
A full end-to-end solution, however, requires more than a solid foundation. In addition to a comprehensive desktop virtualization reference architecture, Cisco’s Virtualization Experience Infrastructure (VXI)
spans collaboration, borderless networking and data center technologies and includes a full ecosystem of partners. MTM Technologies integrates products from Wyse, Trend-Micro, AppSense and others to build a complete, easily managed desktop virtual desktop infrastructure that provides end users with a pristine Windows 7 desktop at every login. We also provide frontline, first tier support across the entire solution.
This enables you to streamline your desktop operation, reduce the number of preventable support incidents and keep your business users focused on the business … not resolving technology problems.
Dozens of customers around the country have embraced this approach. Thorlabs, for example, embarked on a desktop virtualization project to provide secure around-the- clock remote data and application access to their entire global workforce.
If you have been looking at desktop virtualization and say “wow” while wondering “how” you can get there, join Citrix, Cisco, NetApp, and MTM Technologies at Synergy.
See how easy it can be to deploy Virtual Desktops when you don’t have to bolt together whatever parts you are given. You’ll also have the opportunity to talk directly with Thorlabs Global IT Director Dave Manhas about his deployment, impact, and lessons learned.
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1 For more details, check out Gartner’s “+Desktop Virtualization Is Top PC Investment Priority for 2011” and ESG’s “Desktop Virtualization Extends Server Virtualization Experience and Skills”