Novell Virtual Desktop Infrastructure


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As companies look to further leverage the benefits of virtualization, they are now looking at virtualization for the desktop. However, the adoption of virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) presents a unique set of challenges that need to be overcome in order to make VDI adoption a success.

The Novell VDI solution offers a unique approach to virtualizing the desktop, as well as the management of that environment. Come and learn about this solution with its unique focus on identity, security and management for both the user and the infrastructure.

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Novell Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

  1. 1. Novell Virtual Desktop Infrastructure
  2. 2. Jerry Combs Principal Architect, Novell , Inc. ® Valentin Mihai Product Manager, Novell, Inc. Bob Reynolds Technical Lead, Novell, Inc. 2 © Novell, Inc. All rights reserved.
  3. 3. Novell R.E.D.I. ® (Role Enabled Desktop Infrastructure) • Virtual desktop infrastructure – Peak of inflated expectations – Trough of disillusionment • Novell and R.E.D.I. – VDI climbs the slope of enlightenment – Next stop- plateau of productivity Figure 1.1 - The Gartner Hype Cycle 3 © Novell, Inc. All rights reserved.
  4. 4. VDI Peak of Inflated Expectations Management “Silos” Machines, Provisioning applications and users Desk-side visits Support Patches and updates Total cost of maintaining and managing a PC environment is $3,000 to Data Data backup $5,000 + per device* Recovery Hardware failure Gartner 2007 Enforce policies Security Compliance and audit Complexity increases with multiple sites, geographies, languages and time zones Power Rising energy costs 4 © Novell, Inc. All rights reserved.
  5. 5. VDI Trough of Disillusionment End-user environment moves into the data center End-user experience sub-optimal End users not aligned with business requirement Storage requirements explode Complex multiple vendor solutions involved for VDI 5 © Novell, Inc. All rights reserved.
  6. 6. VDI Trough of Disillusionment (continued) Now have two environments to manage with two different tools Immature technologies Costs are out of control Manual processes requirementLack of integration Lack of configuration management, security and Identity integration 6 © Novell, Inc. All rights reserved.
  7. 7. VDI Is Much More than Virtualization Security / Compliance Systems Management Virtualization Role Engineering Asset Discovery Hypervisor Platform Identity Management Application Usage Dynamic Build / Recycle Process Access/Session Software Compliance Management Pool Monitoring and Ongoing Capacity Management Endpoint Security Planning Load Balancing Patch Management Application Packaging (desktops/hosts) (virtualization) Forensics (snapshotting) Application Deployment Access Storage Management Certification/Compliance CMDB integration and Anti-virus Management 7 © Novell, Inc. All rights reserved.
  8. 8. Novell Abilities ® Business Process Incident Managemen Configuration Management t Management Change Asset Management Management Release Problem Management Management Project Service Management Desk Capacity Service Level Management Management Performance Management Security Management Service Continuity Identity Management Management Availability Compliance Desktop Management Management Patch Data Center Management Application Infrastructure Management Management 8 © Novell, Inc. All rights reserved.
  9. 9. Novell Framework Advantages ® 1. Identity-based Delivery and Management – Tier-1 identity management vendor > 100s of millions of identities – Long-history and core competencies in identity-based desktop management and application delivery > 44 million desktops managed – Identity-based storage management 2. One Set of Tools for Physical or Virtual Application Delivery 3. Open to Hypervisor and Desktop Operating Systems – Robust open source technologies including Xen, KVM, etc. – Also a leader in Linux and Microsoft alternatives 4. Flexible Patch Management 9 © Novell, Inc. All rights reserved.
  10. 10. Novell Framework Advantages ® 5. High Level of Granular Control and Automation – Tier-1 security and compliance partner with integrated endpoint security suite – Tighter software licensing compliance by true usage – Depth of management of the infrastructure including within the virtual machines and storage systems to minimize efficiencies – Global policy and work-flow for high-level automation and grid-based management – Dashboard to distinguish infrastructure and application issues 6. One Vendor Approach for Lower Risk, Less Integration, and No Finger-pointing 10 © Novell, Inc. All rights reserved.
  11. 11. Novell and VDI ® Life-cycle Overview Business Single pane Helpdesk view Service Management to manage environment Novell Novell Identity Vault Identity Access Authenticates user and Manager Manager TM authorizes access based on role PlateSpin Workload ® Management Provisions access Manager hires Dynamically and associates and registers new assembles and starts roles developer/user client virtual machine based on role and policy Developer/User Xen/ESX logs into secure URL Hosts the user virtual desktop Novell ZENworks ® Dynamically manages user environment and application PlateSpin Novell Workload Access Terminates Management Manager user session 11 © Novell, Inc. All rights reserved.
  12. 12. Novell REDI Integrated Architecture ® Home Office ThinClient SLED Client Re-purposed Mac Client Users Novell Access Manager ™ Existing Desktop Infrastructure Existing Novell XenKVMESX Server Farm Identity Identity System Manager Managed PlateSpin Orchestrate Novell Virtual ZENworks ® Desktops Novell ® ZAV Novell File Management Suite User Data Storage Infrastructure Storage Infrastructure Shared Mapped File User Profile Running Master VM User Data Application Drives Servers Servers VMs Images Drives Drive 12 © Novell, Inc. All rights reserved.
  13. 13. Novell and VDI ® The User Environment Image Templates PlateSpin ® Orchestrate Controls the configuration and state of the VM <2GB OS Image Allocation from a dynamically Novell ZENworks Personalized VM ® maintained pool Configuration Manager Injects dynamic portion of C:/ user profile and delivers user specific applications User Personal Image Contains user D:/ owned data and static portion of E:/ profile This method results in storage savings comparable to linked clones without the Role Application Image drawbacks of linked clones (patching all Read-only image at once, no unique GUID, no granularity shared by all role within a template) members 13 © Novell, Inc. All rights reserved.
  14. 14. Demo
  15. 15. Novell R.E.D.I. A service delivered as part of Novell Intelligent ® Workload Management that enables an enterprise to manage and optimize End User computing resources in a policy driven, secure, and compliant manner across physical, virtual, or cloud environments + Build + Secure + Manage + Measure 15 © Novell, Inc. All rights reserved.
  16. 16. Question and Answers 16 © Novell, Inc. All rights reserved.
  17. 17. Unpublished Work of Novell, Inc. All Rights Reserved. This work is an unpublished work and contains confidential, proprietary, and trade secret information of Novell, Inc. Access to this work is restricted to Novell employees who have a need to know to perform tasks within the scope of their assignments. No part of this work may be practiced, performed, copied, distributed, revised, modified, translated, abridged, condensed, expanded, collected, or adapted without the prior written consent of Novell, Inc. Any use or exploitation of this work without authorization could subject the perpetrator to criminal and civil liability. General Disclaimer This document is not to be construed as a promise by any participating company to develop, deliver, or market a product. It is not a commitment to deliver any material, code, or functionality, and should not be relied upon in making purchasing decisions. Novell, Inc. makes no representations or warranties with respect to the contents of this document, and specifically disclaims any express or implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for any particular purpose. The development, release, and timing of features or functionality described for Novell products remains at the sole discretion of Novell. Further, Novell, Inc. reserves the right to revise this document and to make changes to its content, at any time, without obligation to notify any person or entity of such revisions or changes. All Novell marks referenced in this presentation are trademarks or registered trademarks of Novell, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All third-party trademarks are the property of their respective owners.