Desktop Virtualization Smackdown


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On April 12th, C/D/H presented on VDI to a group of operations and technology professionals at the 2012 BEST banking conference. Attendees learned an overview of virtualization and VDI, the benefits, the competitors, and how to get started.

View C/D/H's Smackdown slide deck for a side-by-side comparison of the top virtual desktop solutions from VMware, Citrix, and Microsoft.

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Desktop Virtualization Smackdown

  1. 1. CDH Virtualization DesktopCDH Smackdown April 2012
  2. 2. CDH Quick FactsAbout Us Approach Partnerships• 22nd Year • Vendor • Microsoft Gold• Grand Rapids & Independent • VMware Enterprise Royal Oak • Non-reseller • Citrix Silver• 30 Staff • Professional • Novell Gold Services Only • Cisco Registered
  3. 3. CDH Expertise
  4. 4. CDH CDH Talks Tech
  5. 5. CDH Meet Your Presenter Jason A. Shroll Consultant MCITP, VCP, CCEA
  6. 6. CDH Agenda • Introduction to vrtualization concepts • Why virtualize? • Who needs VDI? • Introduction of VDI competitors • Which is the best choice? • How do I get started?
  7. 7. CDH Demos • For a customized demonstration of any of these technologies, please contact me directly at
  8. 8. CDH Virtualization
  9. 9. CDH Hypervisor
  10. 10. CDH Dynamic Resource Balancing
  11. 11. CDH High Availability
  12. 12. CDH Virtual Storage
  13. 13. CDH Virtual Desktops
  14. 14. CDH Why Virtualize? … it depends who you ask! IT Staff Management CEO “Centralized Control!” “Business Continuity!” “Reduce Capital Costs!” “Server “Disaster Recovery!” Provisioning!” “Energy Efficiency!”
  15. 15. User Perspective: John AndertonCDH
  16. 16. CDH How VDI helps John • A virtualized desktop sits next to virtualized servers in the data center at the physical layer for maximum speed. • A virtualized application can run even faster than a typical application installation. • VDI clients can flip between several open desktops at once with multiple monitor support for up to 4 monitors.
  17. 17. User Perspective: TheoCDH
  18. 18. CDH How VDI helps Theo • VDI allows desktops to be refreshed every day upon logon from a central ‘Gold’ image (snapshot). • A user’s virtual desktop is their own. If they want to customize it or try to break it, they are given the power to do so. It’s easy to rebuild and refresh. No more rebuilding operating systems from scratch.
  19. 19. CDH User Perspective: Whistler
  20. 20. CDH How VDI helps Whistler • Enhanced VDI protocols deliver multimedia content faster than RDP for a maximum user experience. • USB redirection is available from the client to virtual desktop.
  21. 21. CDH Competitors!
  22. 22. CDH VMware • Company formed in 1998 in Palo Alto, CA with just 20 employees • VMware Workstation – Released in 1999 • VMware GSX Server – Released in 2001 • First bare-metal hypervisor with ESX Server • VMware ESXi released (first free hypervisor) – now simply called VMware Hypervisor • Latest release is vSphere 5.0 (Summer 2011)
  23. 23. CDH VMware View Suite (Desktop) • December 2008 – Virtual Desktop Infrastructure 3.0 • November 2009 – VMware View 4.0 – Key features: View Composer, View Connection Server, ThinApp, PCoIP • July 2011 – VMware View 5.0 - Key features: PCoIP optimization controls, Persona Management
  24. 24. But which product is best?CDH What about VMware? • The most stable, scalable and proven virtual architecture, chosen by most IT departments • Simple, single-pane of glass management with VCenter and View Manager • Easily the most expensive option with licensing • Requires an existing enterprise architecture for success
  25. 25. CDH Citrix • Been around since 1989 • First in application streaming with WinFrame, then MetaFrame, now XenApp • Products – XenDesktop – XenApp – XenServer – NetScaler – Access Gateway – Provisioning Services
  26. 26. But which product is best?CDH What about Citrix? • XenDesktop can run on top of Citrix XenServer, Microsoft Hyper-V and even VMware vSphere • A easy option for IT environments that are familiar with Citrix • Expensive licensing • Complex management overhead
  27. 27. CDH Microsoft • Virtual Machines on Hyper-V • Terminal Services – Now Remote Desktop Services (RDS) • VDI solution uses familiar Microsoft Technologies – 2008 R2 Clustering – 2008 R2 Hyper-V – Remote Desktop Gateway – Remote Desktop Session Host – Remote Desktop Protocol 7 with Windows 7
  28. 28. CDH Microsoft • Remote Desktop Sessions or Virtual Desktops • RemoteApp • RD Web Access • RemoteFX for user experience • Partners with Citrix
  29. 29. CDH Microsoft Architecture
  30. 30. But which product is best?CDH What about Microsoft? • The least expensive VDI solution • Attractive to small business IT – uses familiar concepts like Microsoft Clustering, Hyper-V, and SCVMM • Least proven solution – VDI features are still trying to ‘catch up’ to Citrix and VMware, who are years ahead
  31. 31. CDH Comparison Matrix
  32. 32. CDH But regardless of the solution... • A VDI solution requires a significant investment • The ROI for VDI takes time to appear – perhaps not even until next hardware refresh cycle • A Virtual desktop environment is easier to manage • VDI offers significant OpEx and CapEx savings over time when it is implemented correctly • “VDI fits every customer, but not for every desktop”
  33. 33. CDH How do I get started? • All three solutions offer free, feature-filled trials • Start with a proof of concept – Each vendor supplies the detailed steps necessary to build one • Choose a vendor based on your requirements • Request the services of a consultant 
  34. 34. CDH Thank You Royal Oak Grand Rapids 306 S. Washington Ave. 15 Ionia SW Suite 212 Suite 270 Royal Oak, MI 48067 Grand Rapids, MI 49503 p: (248) 546-1800 p: (616) 776-1600