VDI Choices - Citrix XenDesktop, XenApp or VDI in a Box?

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A growing number of companies are virtualising desktop environments to reduce cost and boost flexibility. The dizzying array of available solutions can make the first step quite difficult - what virtualization technology is right for my organization? Citrix alone offers XenDesktop, XenApp and VDI in a box. While Citrix desktop virtualisation often seems like a simple project; user experience problems, delayed deployments, and cost overruns can quickly turn this project into a nightmare.

Join the webinar "Desktop Virtualisation Choices: Citrix XenDesktop, XenApp or VDI in a Box - How to Decide" and learn from UK Citrix desktop virtualization expert Andrew Wood (Gilwood CS Ltd) how to decide what virtualisation technology best fits your needs.

Hear how to determine what technology is right for you based on:

• Your goals for desktop virtualisation
• Number of users, applications, and profiles
• Existing infrastructure issues
• Cost of ownership vs. cost savings
• Performance and scalability considerations

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VDI Choices - Citrix XenDesktop, XenApp or VDI in a Box?

  1. 1. DesktopVirtualisationChoicesCitrix XenDesktop,XenApp orVDI-In-A-Box -How to Decide?PresentersAndrew Wood (Gilwood CS Ltd)Keith Girt (eG Innovations UK Ltd)
  2. 2. Citrix Desktop Virtualisation Choices: XenDesktop, XenApp, VDI-in-a-Box. How to Decide ? Andrew Wood CEO Gilwood CS Ltd Andrew.Wood@gilwood-cs.co.uk Twitter: @gilwood_cs www.gilwood-cs.co.uk© eG Innovations, Inc | www.eginnovations.com
  3. 3. Is this just another smackdown?
  4. 4. Poll
  5. 5. Your goals for desktop virtualisation?
  6. 6. Assessment is key for any transformation
  7. 7. Open, scalable andAny device, anywhere proven technologyHigh-Def user view Single-instanceincluding 3D managementAny Windows, Web or Data security andSaaS App access control Deploy virtual desktops and apps for any use case
  8. 8. Monitoring via Edgesight WAN Optimisation via Branch RepeaterFeatures by edition Single Sign on For Apps& Data Windows Apps on demand via XenApp Windows Apps on demand via XenApp Flexcast Local Desktop via XenClient Flexcast Local Desktop via XenClient Flexcast Shared Desktops via XenApp Flexcast Shared Desktops via XenAppHelp desk support via Desktop Director Help desk support via Desktop Director Help desk support via Desktop Director Fine grained configuration & CLI Fine grained configuration & CLI Fine grained configuration & CLI Remote Access via Access Gateway Remote Access via Access Gateway Remote Access via Access GatewayDepartmental Apps via Personal vDisk Departmental Apps via Personal vDisk Departmental Apps via Personal vDisk High Definition user experience High Definition user experience High Definition user experience Any device, anywhere Any device, anywhere Any device, anywhere Dedicated & Pooled VDI Desktop Dedicated & Pooled VDI Desktop Dedicated & Pooled VDI Desktop XenServer virtualization XenServer virtualization XenServer virtualization platform platform platform
  9. 9. Questions to ask of XenDesktop 5
  10. 10. XenApp Open, scalable andAny device, anywhere proven technologyHigh-Def user view Single-instanceincluding 3D managementAny Windows, Web or Data security andSaaS App access control Deploy virtual desktops and apps for any use case
  11. 11. XenApp 6.x features by edition Provisioning services Secure application access Single sign-on (offline included) Application Virtualization SmartAuditor Performance Monitoring for Apps Basic Service Monitoring Basic Service Monitoring Power and capacity management Power and capacity management Load testing services Load testing services Profile management Profile management Enterprise Management Enterprise Management Resource Manager, CPU/Memory Resource Manager, CPU/Memory Optimization, Health Assistant, MS SC Optimization, Health Assistant, MS SC integration integration Workflow automation Workflow automation Workflow automation Application virtualization Application virtualization Application virtualization Session virtualization Session virtualization (Server & VM) Session virtualization (Server & VM)
  12. 12. XENAPPQuestions to ask of XenApp 6.5
  13. 13. VDI-in-a-Box
  14. 14. VDI-in-a-Box All key features are built-in:Virtual Virtual Virtual Virtual  Connection brokeringDesktop Desktop Desktop Desktop  Dynamic provisioning User Dynamic Desktop Template  High-availabilityManageme Provisioning & Managem nt Management ent  Load balancingConnection Broker Logical Shared Storage Load Balancer  On-demand scaling  Citrix HDX user experience High-Availability Grid Engine  Linked clones VDI-in-a-Box virtual  Personal and pooled desktops appliance Hypervisor ..hypervisor supported • Citrix XenServer • Microsoft Hyper-V • VMware vSphere (ESXi) DAS
  15. 15. Platinum FeaturesCitrix Hosted Desktop feature check Windows Apps on demand via XenApp Flexcast Local Desktop via XenClient Flexcast Shared Desktops via XenApp HelpDesk support via DesktopDirector HelpDesk support via DesktopDirector Automation Automation Designed for multi-site deployments Designed for multi-site deployments RemoteAccess via Access Gateway RemoteAccess via Access Gateway RemoteAccess via Access Gateway Departmental Apps via Personal vDisk Departmental Apps via Personal vDisk Departmental Apps via Personal vDisk High Definition user experience High Definition user experience High Definition user experience Any device, anywhere Any device, anywhere Any device, anywhere High availability w/o shared storage All in one turnkey appliance Dedicated & Pooled VDI Desktop Dedicated & Pooled VDI Desktop Dedicated & Pooled VDI Desktop XenServer virtualization XenServer virtualization platform platform
  16. 16. VDI-in-a-BoxQuestions to ask of VDI-in-a-Box
  17. 17. What works for me?
  18. 18. How to Manage? .. 12 steps to betterdesktop virtualisation
  19. 19. How to decide?
  20. 20. Poll
  21. 21. eG Innovations Support For Desktop Virtualisation Projects Keith Girt Regional Sales Manager eG Innovations Ltd (UK) Keith.Girt@eginnovations.com© eG Innovations, Inc | www.eginnovations.com
  22. 22. Desktop Virtualisation Performance Pain 50% of all desktop virtualisation projects stall or fail for 2 reasons: 1) Unacceptable End User Performance 2) Cost Overruns “Traditional management tools and desktop assessments are failing to deliver VDI performance, user acceptance and scalability.”© eG Innovations, Inc | www.eginnovations.com
  23. 23. Virtual Desktops 20% Endpoints | User Workspace Management | Desktop Mgmt  Complexity  Investment  Performance impact  Technology choices  Opportunities for Problems Virtual Desktop Infrastructure 80%© eG Innovations, Inc | www.eginnovations.com Connection Brokers | Provisioning Servers Profile Servers | Storage | Network | Apps
  24. 24. Where is the Problem Root-Cause? SAN Active Directory on ESX Switch User Virtual Desktops Network on XenServer Provisioning Server on XenServer XenDesktop DC on XenServer License Server on XenServer Profile Server Oracle Enterprise Apps on ESX vCenter Hypervisor, Virtual Desktops, Connection Broker, SAN, … a problem in any of these components can impact the user experience.© eG Innovations, Inc | www.eginnovations.com
  25. 25. Where are we Over/Under Resourced? Active Directory SQL SAN Switch EnterpriseClient Apps Network Web on XenApp on ESX ZDC on VMware ESX VMware ESX Profile Server Should we scale up or scale out? Can we add more users per virtual XenApp or do we need more License Server instances? XenApp Oracle vCenter © eG Innovations, Inc | www.eginnovations.com
  26. 26. Traditional Approach to Performance Management Silo monitoring tools and manual troubleshooting were OK in yesterdays static, physical IT environments© eG Innovations, Inc | www.eginnovations.com
  27. 27. Performance Assurance Challenges© eG Innovations, Inc | www.eginnovations.com
  28. 28. How Do We Help?© eG Innovations, Inc | www.eginnovations.com
  29. 29. The Solution: eG Enterprise© eG Innovations, Inc | www.eginnovations.com
  30. 30. Snapshot© eG Innovations, Inc | www.eginnovations.com
  31. 31. Performance Assurance Challenges© eG Innovations, Inc | www.eginnovations.com
  32. 32. Key CapabilitiesUnmatched performance Fast, pre-emptive problemvisibility and auto- detection & alertingcorrelation of all so you can fix performancecomponents and problems BEFORE usersdependencies that impact complain. Preventuser experience - across downtime, ensure greatdesktop, application, performance and enhancenetwork, storage and user satisfaction.virtualization tiers.Automatic root-cause Right-size and optimizediagnosis pinpoints your environmentproblems and accelerates and reduce hardware costdiagnosis and resolution by 20% through betterof performance issues - so utilization rates.your highly skilled staffcan be more productiverather than fighting firesall day. © eG Innovations, Inc | www.eginnovations.com
  33. 33. Cost Savings & ROI BenefitsReduce downtime Reduce number andby accelerating time to severity of outagesdiagnose and repair by pre-emptively detectingperformance issues. and repairing performance issues before they cause downtime.Reduce Support cost Reduce hardware andby optimizing expert associated software andstaffing levels and support costresource allocation. by right-sizing and optimizing your environment.© eG Innovations, Inc | www.eginnovations.com
  34. 34. About eG Innovations  eG Innovations helps companies to dramatically simplify, accelerate, and optimize performance management across mission-critical virtual, cloud and physical IT environments Performance Assurance  Only eG Innovations award-winning root-cause diagnosis Made Easy technology can automatically pinpoint performance issues by auto-correlating the user’s service experience with the underlying infrastructure and application components  Deliver exceptional performance, user productivity, and ROI Worldwide Offices in London, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas, Locations Singapore, Chennai. Partners in all major markets. Customers Over 1,000 customers worldwide Certifications & Sample Awards© eG Innovations, Inc | www.eginnovations.com
  35. 35. Customer Success© eG Innovations, Inc | www.eginnovations.com
  36. 36. Ask the Experts &© eG Innovations, Inc | www.eginnovations.com
  37. 37. Next Steps Live Product Demonstration www.eginnovations.com Call Us +44 (0)207 935 6721© eG Innovations, Inc | www.eginnovations.com

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