Infrastructure Optimization for the Future<br />Dave Kawula<br />Principal Consultant<br />TriCon Technical Services Inc.<...
Traditional data centers are proving to be too rigid for evolving business needs<br />Time absorbed maintaining status quo...
Industry answers focus on technology… <br />and that is a good start<br /> Inflexible IT can’t meet business needs<br /> A...
The efficient data center provides CIOs better results<br />“I need to avoid busting my budget with IT surprises” <br />“I...
The data center of the future<br />Highly Virtualized<br />Converged Efficient Fabric<br />Consolidated Workloads<br />Aut...
The Problems?<br />
Problem – Tier 0 Storage<br />Intelligent Infrastructure – Optimized Storage<br />Virtual and tiering optimized storage so...
Problem Workflow Management<br />
Opalis Consoles<br />
Workflow Process Designer<br /><ul><li>Documented, end to end process view
Drag and drop GUI workflow designer
Branching and parallel processing</li></li></ul><li>Developing Workflows<br /><ul><li>Form-based dialogs
No hard-wired scripts
No programming knowledge required</li></li></ul><li>Opalis Data Bus <br />Full line as a string<br />Full line as a string...
Out-of-the-Box Automation<br /><ul><li>Reusable automated workflow actions
Automate the same tasks you would perform manually</li></li></ul><li>Process Catalogs<br /><ul><li>Pre-built workflows
ITIL compatible
Rapid time to value</li></li></ul><li>Integration Packs<br /><ul><li>Vendor specific integration packs
Auto detection of all data, schemas, forms and fields
Integrations are supported and updated by Microsoft</li></li></ul><li>Opalis Integration Packs	<br />> BladeLogic Operatio...
Change the way you manage<br />your Infrastructure!<br />DEMO<br />
But what about my Applications and Desktops?<br />=<br />+<br />+<br />SUCCESS!<br />
Microsoft Virtualization with Citrix<br />XA/XD Profile Management<br />User State<br />Virtualization<br />Folder Redirec...
Bringing it all together<br />
Citrix Enterprise Solutions – Built on Microsoft<br />Desktops<br />Applications<br />Servers<br />Networks<br />Citrix En...
Delivering the Windows desktop<br />
What is Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)?<br />Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (or VDI) is an architectural model where...
Desktop centralization choices<br />Session Virtualization scales more users per server than VDI<br />App-V works in both ...
VDI Technical Architecture<br />XenDesktop Delivery Controller<br />request<br />license<br />ADOU<br />Login Page<br />Li...
The Application Layer<br />
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  • There are two Consoles provided with Opalis. The first is the client designer (Workflow process designer) which allows customers to build, test, modify, execute and monitor their workflows. This is a windows-based client. The second is a web-based Operator Console which allows operators to execute and view (but not create or modify) the workflows. Both consoles are tied in with Active directory and offer access-based control.
  • This slide gives a visual example of how the data bus works. This concept is hard to explain without some visualization. The animation shows how after an object is executed all the relevant details about its execution are placed into the bus. As later objects execute they can draw their information from one or more previous object’s details which are already in the bus.SLIDE ANIMATION CLICK THROUGHSlide Opens: Simple Opalis WorkflowClick 1:The first object executesIt generates data and it gets put on the Opalis Data BusClick 2: The second object utilizes information from the first object (via the Opalis Data Bus)It executesIt generates data and it gets put on the Opalis Data Bus (along with the data from the first object)Click 3: The third object utilizes information from the first and second objects (via the Opalis Data Bus)ItexecutesItgenerates data and it gets put on the Opalis Data Bus (along with the data from the first and second objects)No coding is required to make this happen!As objects are added to the product all their output is categorized and made available to the bus so the end-user can access it with ease
  • List of the currently available Integration Packs29 Integration PacksFrom 8 different VendorsNOTE: SC Configuration Manager is listed with SMS since the SMS IP can operate against SCCM but with a reduced function set when compared to the final SCCM IP.(as of 2/1/10 no new information on dates of additional IPs on roadmap)
  • List of the currently available Integration Packs29 Integration PacksFrom 8 different VendorsNOTE: SC Configuration Manager is listed with SMS since the SMS IP can operate against SCCM but with a reduced function set when compared to the final SCCM IP.(as of 2/1/10 no new information on dates of additional IPs on roadmap)
  • List of the currently available Integration Packs29 Integration PacksFrom 8 different VendorsNOTE: SC Configuration Manager is listed with SMS since the SMS IP can operate against SCCM but with a reduced function set when compared to the final SCCM IP.(as of 2/1/10 no new information on dates of additional IPs on roadmap)
  • Opalis - Infrastructure Optimization for the Future

    1. 1. Infrastructure Optimization for the Future<br />Dave Kawula<br />Principal Consultant<br />TriCon Technical Services Inc.<br />dkawula@triconts.com<br />
    2. 2. Traditional data centers are proving to be too rigid for evolving business needs<br />Time absorbed maintaining status quo<br />Inflexible<br />“I need to be able to respond to business fluctuations instantly.”<br />“I want to focus my staff on strategic IT initiatives.”<br />Virtualization ceilings<br />Soaring costs,<br />CapEx limits<br />“I need to offload or automate time consuming and staff intensive tasks”<br />“I want to deploy virtualization in more of my environment”<br />80% of most companies’ IT budgets are spent simply ‘keeping the lights on’.<br />2<br />
    3. 3. Industry answers focus on technology… <br />and that is a good start<br /> Inflexible IT can’t meet business needs<br /> Automate<br /> Time absorbed maintaining status quo<br /> Move to the cloud<br /> Virtualization ceilings<br /> Optimize virtualization<br /> Soaring costs, capex limits <br />Consolidate /Unify<br />
    4. 4. The efficient data center provides CIOs better results<br />“I need to avoid busting my budget with IT surprises” <br />“I need to decrease the time and money spent on maintaining IT so we can focus on our core business” <br />“I need to be responsiveto changing business conditions”<br />
    5. 5. The data center of the future<br />Highly Virtualized<br />Converged Efficient Fabric<br />Consolidated Workloads<br />Automated Tiered Storage<br />Self-Service Management<br />Open, Standards-based infrastructure<br />Automated Infrastructure Deployment<br />
    6. 6. The Problems?<br />
    7. 7. Problem – Tier 0 Storage<br />Intelligent Infrastructure – Optimized Storage<br />Virtual and tiering optimized storage solutions to lower storage costs today and in the future<br />Think Tier 0 Storage – SSD is the future. <br />Consider VDI – Each Guest consumes 20 – 40 IOPS<br />VDI’s Dirty Little Secret!<br />40 IOPS x 100 VM’s = 4,000 IOPS = $<br />40 IOPS x 1000 VM’s = 40,000 IOPS = $$$<br />40 IOPS x 5000 VM’s = 200,000 IOPS = $$$$$<br />
    8. 8. Problem Workflow Management<br />
    9. 9.
    10. 10. Opalis Consoles<br />
    11. 11. Workflow Process Designer<br /><ul><li>Documented, end to end process view
    12. 12. Drag and drop GUI workflow designer
    13. 13. Branching and parallel processing</li></li></ul><li>Developing Workflows<br /><ul><li>Form-based dialogs
    14. 14. No hard-wired scripts
    15. 15. No programming knowledge required</li></li></ul><li>Opalis Data Bus <br />Full line as a string<br />Full line as a string<br />Category<br />Opalis Data Bus<br />
    16. 16. Out-of-the-Box Automation<br /><ul><li>Reusable automated workflow actions
    17. 17. Automate the same tasks you would perform manually</li></li></ul><li>Process Catalogs<br /><ul><li>Pre-built workflows
    18. 18. ITIL compatible
    19. 19. Rapid time to value</li></li></ul><li>Integration Packs<br /><ul><li>Vendor specific integration packs
    20. 20. Auto detection of all data, schemas, forms and fields
    21. 21. Integrations are supported and updated by Microsoft</li></li></ul><li>Opalis Integration Packs <br />> BladeLogic Operations Manager > BMC Atrium CMDB > BMC Event Manager > BMC PATROL > BMC Remedy ARS> CA AutoSys> CA eHealth> CA NSM > CA Service Desk > CA Spectrum > EMC Smarts InCharge> FTP> HP Asset Manager > HP iLO> HP OpenView Operations > HP OpenView Service Desk > HP Service Manager> HP Network Node Manager <br />> IBM Tivoli NetCool / OMNIbus> IBM Tivoli Enterprise Console > IBM Tivoli Storage Manager > Microsoft Active Directory > Microsoft Systems Management Server > Microsoft Operations Manager <br />> Microsoft Configuration Manager*<br />> Microsoft Virtual Machine Manager*<br />> Microsoft Service Manager*> Symantec Net Backup > VMware vSphere<br />* Roadmap 2010<br />
    22. 22. Change the way you manage<br />your Infrastructure!<br />DEMO<br />
    23. 23. But what about my Applications and Desktops?<br />=<br />+<br />+<br />SUCCESS!<br />
    24. 24. Microsoft Virtualization with Citrix<br />XA/XD Profile Management<br />User State<br />Virtualization<br />Folder Redirection<br />Offline files<br />Citrix Essentials for Hyper-V<br />Citrix XenApp6.0<br />Citrix XenApp6.0<br />Server Virtualization<br />Session Virtualization<br />Desktop Virtualization<br />Application Virtualization<br />Citrix XenDesktop<br />
    25. 25. Bringing it all together<br />
    26. 26. Citrix Enterprise Solutions – Built on Microsoft<br />Desktops<br />Applications<br />Servers<br />Networks<br />Citrix EnterpriseSolutions<br />NetScaler<br />XenApp<br />Essentials for Hyper-V<br />XenDesktop<br />Branch Repeater <br />Microsoft Platforms<br />
    27. 27. Delivering the Windows desktop<br />
    28. 28. What is Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)?<br />Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (or VDI) is an architectural model where a client OS runs in a server-based virtual machine environment and interacts with the user via a network connection.<br />The storage and execution of a desktop workload (OS, apps, data) is centralized on a virtual machine in the datacenter<br />Presentation of the UI is managed via a remote desktop protocol (such as RDP or ICA) to client devices<br />Desktop Workload<br />(OS, Apps, Data)<br />
    29. 29. Desktop centralization choices<br />Session Virtualization scales more users per server than VDI<br />App-V works in both VDI and Sessions<br />The same RDP connection protocol is used in both<br />Much of the service infrastructure is shared<br />Upsides for VDI:<br />VDI offers better user operating system isolation<br />VDI has better native application compatibility<br />VDI allows users to be admins of their own images<br />Upsides for Session Virtualization:<br />Session Virtualization requires less hardware than VDI<br />Sessions are cheaper than VDI desktops<br />Server management is less than VDI<br />Remote Desktop Services enables both session virtualization and VDI! <br />
    30. 30. VDI Technical Architecture<br />XenDesktop Delivery Controller<br />request<br />license<br />ADOU<br />Login Page<br />Licensing<br />Domain Controller<br />Data Store<br />policies<br />find desktop<br />sign & launch<br />Power shell<br />validate<br />User Settings<br />Protocol<br />prepare<br />resume<br />Apps<br />Client<br /> Windows Server R2 2008<br />Hyper-V<br />OS<br />SCVMM<br />XenDesktop<br />Provisioning<br />Server<br />Dynamic Image<br />VHD<br />Storage<br />Static Image<br />
    31. 31. The Application Layer<br />
    32. 32. The Connector – Code Name “Titan”<br />Benefits<br />XenApp Farm Visible within SCCM Management Console<br />Single Management Interface<br />.MSI Applications<br />App-V Application<br />XenApp Hosted Applications<br />Applications to “Unmanaged” Clients<br />Microsoft / Citrix Development Teams Working Together<br />
    33. 33. Integration Benefits<br /><ul><li>Reduce Costs Managing XenApp Farms with ConfigMgr
    34. 34. Single Interface = Single Role
    35. 35. Citrix Power and Capacity Management
    36. 36. Automatically Divert User Connections Across Farm
    37. 37. Sets XenApp Server Priority Ranking
    38. 38. Allows Install when Users are Cleared
    39. 39. Reboots XenApp Server
    40. 40. Resets Server Ranking
    41. 41. Rinse and Repeat
    42. 42. Increase # of apps/users getting access to XenApp
    43. 43. Extend Reach of SCCM to Non- Windows Devices
    44. 44. Any Device with XenApp Agent
    45. 45. One Management Infrastructure For the Enterprise</li></li></ul><li>Integration Requirements<br /><ul><li>Configuration Manager 2007 R2
    46. 46. Citrix XenApp Power and Capacity Management
    47. 47. PowerShell Remoting enabled on the XenApp farm
    48. 48. Connector installs on Windows Server 2003 and later
    49. 49. Additional Information
    50. 50. http://community.citrix.com/x/vwM5C</li></li></ul><li>Publishing Apps from one pane <br />of glass via SCCM<br />Demo: XenApp Connector <br />
    51. 51. App-V with XenDesktop and XenApp<br />App-V helps eliminate conflicts between applications and removes the need to install those applications on PCs<br />
    52. 52. Citrix XenDesktop 4 & App-VLocal desktop & application delivery models<br />XenDesktop 4<br />Local Streamed Desktops(online)<br />USER PROFILE<br />APPS<br />OS<br />Virtual Apps to Installed Desktops(online and offline)<br />
    53. 53. Citrix XenDesktop 4 Flexcast & App-V Integrated virtual desktops & applications across vendors<br />400-500 users per server<br />hosted shared <br />desktop<br />50-60 VMs per server<br />+ Shared<br /> Cache<br />VM<br />VM<br />VM<br />VM<br />1 user per Blade PC<br />Blade PC<br />Blade PC<br />
    54. 54. Summary<br />SSD is Key<br />Workflow Management <br />Virtual Desktop Solution Integration<br />Virtual Application Solution Integration<br />
    55. 55. Thank You<br />Dave Kawula<br />Principal Consultant<br />TriCon Technical Services Inc.<br />dkawula@triconts.com<br />

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