Thin Client Computing In The Steady State


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Thin Client Computing In The Steady State

  1. 1. Alliance Technology Solutions Thin Client Computing In The Steady State February 12, 2010
  2. 2. Today’s Speakers <ul><li>Ellen Bourke – Senior Account Manager </li></ul><ul><li>20 Years as Value Added Reseller providing Strategic Solutions for Automotive, Enterprise, and Commercial Accounts. Focused on Servers, Storage, Backup, DR, BC, and Virtualization (Storage and Servers). </li></ul><ul><li>10 Years prior as System Engineer </li></ul><ul><li>Joe Dylewski – Professional Services </li></ul><ul><li>Spent last 8 years managing a professional services organization which provided infrastructure support and managed, professional services </li></ul><ul><li>Served as IT Director – implemented a 55 site Citrix deployment – 800 users </li></ul><ul><li>Implemented Citrix across 5 sites in Europe </li></ul><ul><li>Led migration from Novell/Windows Environment to Thin Client/Citrix nFuse Environment </li></ul>
  3. 3. Moving from where they were “ complex legacy” to where they need to be “ virtual & simple” infrastructure Not Done Yet
  4. 4. Other Considerations <ul><li>Backup </li></ul><ul><li>Disaster Recovery </li></ul><ul><li>Business Continuance </li></ul><ul><li>Security </li></ul><ul><li>Software Distribution </li></ul><ul><li>Desktop Refresh </li></ul><ul><li>Server Life Cycle Planning </li></ul><ul><li>Software License Auditing </li></ul><ul><li>Requirements Gathering Phase </li></ul><ul><li>Laptop Lockdown </li></ul><ul><li>Archival </li></ul><ul><li>Compliance </li></ul><ul><li>Power Consumption Reductions </li></ul>
  5. 5. Backup Strategies <ul><li>Central Data Store </li></ul><ul><li>Image Management </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Client Images </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Server Images </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Strategy for disjoint data </li></ul><ul><li>Cloud Computing </li></ul><ul><li>Data “Deduplication” </li></ul>
  6. 6. Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity <ul><li>Update Disaster Recovery Plan </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Redefine “Disaster” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Image Management </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Test DR Plan </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Business Continuity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Virtualization provides for more flexible BC execution </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Security <ul><li>Physical </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Data may be kept completely non-portable </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop Policies </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Process </li></ul><ul><ul><li>New User Additions/Changes/Removal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Archival of complete environment </li></ul></ul><ul><li>User </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Policy control allows for as much or as little user flexibility as desired </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Remember what causes the majority of desktop issues </li></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Software Distribution <ul><li>Central Installation </li></ul><ul><li>License Audit and Control </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Understand license restrictions of each software </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Creation of Application Profiles </li></ul><ul><li>Each application has a data storage strategy </li></ul><ul><li>Local vs. Central </li></ul><ul><li>Always remember the O/S </li></ul>
  9. 9. Hardware Life Cycle Planning <ul><li>Focus on Server Refreshes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>New Technology creates opportuities for performance improvement </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Low Cost Client Refresh </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Less Frequent </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Low Cost </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Continued evolution to Cloud Computing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Data Consolidation and Efficiency Diligence </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Application Development Life Cycle <ul><li>Design </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Consider virtual desktop in Requirements Phase </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Build and/or Configure </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Code and database interfaces must be developed with Thin Client computing environment in mind </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Quality Assurance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Performance testing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Application Verification and Validation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Production </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Constant Performance Monitoring </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Laptop Lockdown <ul><li>Local Installations </li></ul><ul><li>Complete Virtualization </li></ul><ul><li>Hybrid </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dual profiles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Local Profile </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Central Profile </li></ul></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Archival <ul><li>Information is universally recognized as the key business asset, essential to a business’ success </li></ul><ul><li>Centralization of data allows a company to apply corporate policies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Consistently across a wide range of content types </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Establish information retention policies </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Implementation of life-cycle management </li></ul><ul><li>Allows reduction of amount of data backed-up daily </li></ul>
  13. 13. Compliance <ul><li>eDiscovery </li></ul><ul><li>Prudent Readiness </li></ul><ul><li>Move from reactive to proactive mode </li></ul><ul><li>Identify </li></ul><ul><li>Collect </li></ul><ul><li>Preserve </li></ul><ul><li>Analyze </li></ul><ul><li>Classify </li></ul><ul><li>Review </li></ul><ul><li>Produce Information when Requested </li></ul>
  14. 14. Power Consumption Reductions <ul><li>Reduction from the journey to thin client terminals </li></ul><ul><li>Software Controlling remaining Laptops and PCs </li></ul><ul><li>SAN power options </li></ul><ul><li>Power Management within VMware vSphere 4 </li></ul>
  15. 15. In Conclusion <ul><li>Develop Complete Long Term Strategic Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Calculate ROI on all Aspects of all Projects </li></ul><ul><li>Prioritize Projects </li></ul><ul><li>Create Roadmap </li></ul><ul><li>Execute </li></ul>