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  • 1. Implementing best practice for Desktop Virtualisation Simon Bullers May 2010
  • 2. Quick Introduction Simon Bullers May 2010 Desktop Virtualisation Forum 2
  • 3. May 2010 Desktop Virtualisation Forum 3
  • 4. Google Search hits on this subject... 263,000 May 2010 Desktop Virtualisation Forum 4
  • 5. Notes from the field..... Culture Technology Process Financials May 2010 Desktop Virtualisation Forum 5
  • 6. Culture - Teamwork • Simple choice  Dedicated team/Tag team  Or BAU project • Make sure the team consists of all specialities:  Desktop  Packaging  Network  Storage  Server  Virtualisation  Security etc. May 2010 Desktop Virtualisation Forum 6
  • 7. Culture – End Users • End users – your client  What is their appetite for change?  new desktop = scary for users  Change is complex, and emotional, don't loose sight of this • Build Positive PR  Catchy project name  Regular user updates  Give away prizes/gifts  Create user tech leads  Green message May 2010 Desktop Virtualisation Forum 7
  • 8. Technology - Client • Client  Desktop re-use  Thin/zero client  Alternative client  Traditional client  Bring your own Hardware • Application delivery  Stateless  Composite  Thin Apps • Build a demo lab May 2010 Desktop Virtualisation Forum 8
  • 9. Technology - Storage • Storage  iSCSI, NFS, FC  NAS v SAN  Measure the storage performance • Storage  Retune the storage  Optimize the storage  Effect of desktop services • Storage  Decide deDuplication  Thin Provisioning • Storage  Placement of exchange May 2010 Desktop Virtualisation Forum 9
  • 10. Technology - Platform • Server Hardware  Blades versus Rack mount • Hypervisor choice  Type 1 or Type 2  Blend • Sizing  Size for Peak Users not total  Pools May 2010 Desktop Virtualisation Forum 10
  • 11. Process • Information gathering and planning  Dashworks & AppTitude to analyse your environments • Decide on scheduling  By department  By user  By application  By blend  By floor • Agree risk appetite with your business  New applications e.g. Office and new desktop May 2010 Desktop Virtualisation Forum 11
  • 12. Process – Difficult decisions • Maintenance Period  Will you need one? • Rich Media  Do they really need video?  USB access • Blame Game  Avoid one by designing a trouble shooting matrix  Its not witchcraft, its Windows May 2010 Desktop Virtualisation Forum 12
  • 13. Financials – its a mine field • Does it need to show an ROI?  Leverage Win 7 initiatives  Data centre consolidation is a real story for VDI  Green is not a myth, someone is paying the electricity bill • Use charge backs to drive user behaviour  Reward users that log off, switch off  Reward users that use less May 2010 Desktop Virtualisation Forum 13
  • 14. Executive Summary... • Don't gamble with your desktop, but do virtualise it • Windows 7 is the best reason to adopt virtualisation you have ever been given • Don't play the funny numbers game.  Accept its a complex ROI and move on  Soft and direct savings will be more than you think May 2010 Desktop Virtualisation Forum 14
  • 15. Remember • Avoid being labelled as one of these.... May 2010 Desktop Virtualisation Forum 15
  • 16. Legal bits... © RedPixie LTD 2010, all rights reserved. RedPixie is a trading name of RedPixie LTD, which is registered in England Reg. No: 3723293, with a registered office address of 145-157 St John Street, London, EC1V 4PY, United Kingdom. RedPixie, the RedPixie logo, and the combination of these are trademarks of RedPixie LTD and are registered in the United Kingdom and in other countries. The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners. May 2010 Desktop Virtualisation Forum 16
  • 17. Contact us My contact details: E: Simon.Bullers@RedPixie.com W: www.redpixie.com T: 020 7112 2024 May 2010 Desktop Virtualisation Forum 17