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Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI): Learning from Example

Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) has come of age, and 77 percent of companies have deployed or are deploying VDI in some form. Organizations that have successfully deployed VDIs are improving user access to data, reducing operational costs, and streamlining the way they manage their systems. Perhaps you’ve heard of VDIs that cost too much and delivered poor end-user experiences. In working with customers, we’ve seen that VDI can be simple and effective.

Smart network design and storage choices smooth the road to VDI. Done right, VDI delights users with responsive anywhere, anytime, any device access. At Tintri, we recently hosted two webinars featuring organizations that successfully turned to VDI. Each realized early in the process that exceptional storage performance would be critical. The third webinar in our VDI series shows you how to quickly deploy Tintri storage to your VDI.

William Woods University chose Tintri to support its 100% virtualized desktops.
William Woods University chose Tintri to support its 100% virtualized desktops.

Steven Goodson, network support manager for William Woods University, explained that his organization got started with a proof of concept. It quickly became clear to his team that traditional storage would deliver a user experience with too much lag. Instead, they went with a cost-effective storage option that outperformed all other vendors: Tintri. Today, William Woods University uses 100 percent virtualized desktops, with a solution built around VMware and Tintri. Watch the webinar to hear Steven’s insights about setting up and running effective VDI.

Sam Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas made manageability, value, and power top priorities in its adoption of VDI. According to William Allred, associate director with the college, storage proved to be the most challenging aspect of VDI. His team wasn’t getting the performance needed to support a great user experience—until they found Tintri. When you watch the webinar, you’ll learn why (plus, you’ll hear some great network design tips).

Sam Walton College of Business knew Tintri would offer the best VDI implementation for its needs.
Sam Walton College of Business knew Tintri would offer the best VDI implementation for its needs.

So what’s the difference between Tintri and traditional storage for VDI? With traditional storage, common events like boot storms and anti-virus scans can cause maddening amounts of latency. That’s because traditional storage optimizes performance for aggregate workload. Application-aware storage from Tintri optimizes per virtual machine workload. You get performance based on the needs of individual virtual machines.

Beyond performance issues, setting up and managing traditional storage for VDI can drain significant time. In our third VDI storage webinar, Rob Girard, technical marketing engineer at Tintri, walks through adding Tintri VMstore to a VDI—in less than 30 minutes. Getting started with Tintri takes so little time that Rob also explores how to manage your storage and explains what to do when a user does something unexpectedly taxing. Watch the webinar to learn how you can turn on VDI with Tintri in under 30 minutes.

As you’ll see in the webinars, application-aware storage from Tintri helps organizations achieve the goals of VDI—better access for users, lower costs, and efficiency—while also delivering a great user experience. Watch to learn how William Woods University and Sam Walton College of Business realized their VDI visions. And see how you can realize your VDI goals, too.

Patrick Carmichael / May 28, 2015