- Created on Thursday, 24 October 2013 18:36
Today, we’re discussing the very hot topic of “VDI, can it eliminate RDSH?” which has been on everyone’s mind as VMWare, Microsoft, and Citrix battle it out in the marketing world.
Brian Madden: http://www.brianmadden.com/blogs/brianmadden/archive/2013/08/16/if-you-re-using-non-persistent-i-e-quot-shared-quot-vdi-today-why-are-you-not-using-rdsh-did-vmware-snowball-you-or-do-you-have-a-legit-reason.aspx
This is desktopsites’ view:
Dealing with SMB customers over the years, we’ve found they have developed a “Mixed” requirement, but it’s not as 50/50 as one might think.
While almost all 100% of SMB organizations are now looking at VDI as a potential solution, it’s only a small percentage of users at each organization that really need it (persistent). The rest, as Brian is saying here, can do with the much cheaper RDSH alternatives.
Some users need VDI, and some RDSH. Well, to be more accurate, most can use RDSH, but some really do need persistent VDI, now that it’s possible. Heck, some even want non-persistent VDI (application / workstyle requirements).
The idea Brian is getting at is that most organizations using VDI might have a 100/0 or even 50/50 split with RDSH, when it could be more like a 30/70 or 20/80 VDI-to-RDSH ratio. This becomes especially prevalent in the SMB space.
Basically, just don’t be too hasty to assign a VDI solution to customers without checking first if an RDSH solution will suffice.
In all organizations, SMBs especially, the Cost-to-Functionality ratio (or “Value”) is critical to determining a solution’s true efficacy. If they can get the same thing achieved for a third of the cost, why wouldn’t they?
Sometimes the solutions and marketing terms can get mixed up, which is why it all comes down to what the customer needs and wants. They have work that needs to be completed, and they need technology to help them get that work done. They don’t care what solution they use, but they do care how it behaves as a solution. Cost included.
Correctly assigning these various solutions to users will ultimately keep costs down, adding significant value to them as “accepted solutions”, and subsequently the vendors and everyone along the service channels as well.
Once we’ve correctly assigned the specific solutions to the various users, we also need to look at assigning the correct solution provider. Different solutions are aimed at different market segments. There is no “one-size-fits-all” solution, or solution provider.
After all, the bottom line is still that all organizations need a solution that allows “Mixed” environments (VDI + RDSH), and they (SMBs especially) need it to be as affordable as possible.
Now, we at desktopsites don’t bother pretending to be a Large Enterprise solution; that’s a different market for different solutions.
Where we do fit is the SMB space (5-500 users); our cloud management solution “Konect Elite” has been designed for SMBs since day one.
Both Cost and Functionality are especially sensitive areas to SMBs, who have the same needs as Large Enterprise, but not necessarily the same budgets. That being said, the “same needs” they have are more around general workstyles, and less about the details. In other words, they need the basics, not all the fancy stuff that they’ll never use.
Konect Elite very nicely hits that sweet spot between functionality and overkill for the SMB space.
Konect was designed and priced for SMBs specifically to give them VDI + RDSH capabilities that allow them to compete with Large Enterprise on a workstyle level.
Leveraging Hyper-V and RDS, Konect Elite adds simple yet amazing functionality to Windows Server 2008R2 and newer to offer SMBs very effective VDI + RDSH solutions through one single dashboard.
Click here to learn more about Konect Elite, and how it can help SMBs realize a favorable relationship between VDI and RDSH workstyles, without breaking the bank just trying to get there.
- Created on Wednesday, 16 October 2013 20:16
Brian Madden E-Guide – The State of Desktop Virtualization in 2013
A great read, this E-Guide breaks down the numbers of Desktop Virtualization to give a good representation of “Who’s doing what?” when it comes to both VDI and RDSH.
This blog intends to show how the Konect Elite™ solution helps SMBs gain the most out of the virtualization world.
Desktop Virtualization + Cloud Computing = New Workstyles + Happy Customers
“The main takeaway from this survey is that organizations are starting to use desktop virtualization—not just VDI, but all versions of desktop virtualization—in big ways.” – Page 5
Companies of all sizes are looking to new desktop virtualization solutions to allow new cloud computing workstyles for their users. In the dts/Konect world, Desktop Virtualization has 3 main components, which we define as: 1) Server VM’s, 2) Client VM’s, and 3) RDSH. Desktop Virtualization has its own set of benefits, such as simpler management, lower hardware/operational costs, maximized hardware utilization, testing, development, etc., and even the smallest of businesses can gain from these benefits. More on Konect Virtualization…
Even as great as the various virtualization solutions have become, simply virtualizing resources is not enough; to complete the full picture, you must still push these and other resources out to users on whatever device they have. Enter the “Cloud Computing” side (not to be confused with Public Cloud Computing, “Cloud Computing” refers to all types of cloud infrastructures). “Cloud Computing” is simply a rough marketing term to describe the practice of publishing both physical and virtual resources out to users, allowing businesses to centralize these resources and gain all the benefits of doing so, such as workforce efficiency, lowered costs, and again, simpler management. More on Konect Cloud Computing…
In other words, it’s “Cloud Computing” that gives “Desktop Virtualization” a good portion of its practicality, and it’s the marriage of both sides that really allows companies to fully utilize the various hypervisors. (E.g. What good is VDI creation and management if it’s still too difficult and/or costly to effectively publish out these resources to users?)
It’s the advancement of products and solutions on both these two levels that allow business to fully utilize new mobile workstyles: both the desktop virtualization solution, and the subsequent cloud delivery and management solution. While there are a few solutions that combine the two, they mostly have Large Enterprise in mind and rarely make sense for the SMB space.
Konect Elite is the only single pane manager to leverage only Microsoft-specific technologies (HyperV, RDS) to effectively mix desktop virtualization and cloud computing. Konect Elite gains certain advantages by remaining Microsoft-specific, such as automatic inherent upgrades, low cost of backbone infrastructure, and virtually 99.95% uptime (as there’s no “translation layer” to deal with).
Konect Elite gives SMBs a viable solution to enable a truly mobile workforce and gain the many benefits of implementing a Private Cloud infrastructure. Admins can easily manage the virtualization and cloud computing components, and users can easily access their business resources from wherever they are, keeping them both happy and productive.
New solutions that advance and extend native Microsoft technologies will help to grow and solidify Hyper-V as a major player in the hypervisor market.
“What’s somewhat surprising though is that Citrix XenServer is in second place with 28% versus Hyper-V’s 21%, showing that when it comes to desktops, many customers still are fine with the bundled product that comes with Citrix XenDesktop.” – Page 2
Konect Elite allows SMB’s to fully utilize Hyper-V by very nicely marrying the two solutions together: Desktop Virtualization and Cloud Computing. Konect single pane manager, the KMC, leverages Hyper-V technology to first create and manage VM’s, then in the same dashboard, leverages RDS to publish and manage these and other resources (such as desktops, apps, files, and the users connecting to them).
At the same time, Konect was built specifically on Microsoft technology, and so it all works together without complication. Konect also immediately and automatically gains every single upgrade that comes out with both Hyper-V and RDS.
Add it all up, and this unique combination provides SMB’s with a simple, effective, low-cost solution to easily achieve all their new desktop virtualization and cloud computing dreams, by adding simplicity and extended functionality to both Hyper-V and RDS, thereby allowing SMB’s to fully utilize the native Microsoft technologies.
This means with Konect Elite, Hyper-V is now a complete solution in the SMB space, and growth in those markets will help to grow and solidify it as a major player in the hypervisor market.
But Konect doesn’t stop there.
Konect also can be used as the cloud delivery and management layer in any VMWare hypervisor + Microsoft server environment, again giving SMB’s a simple, effective tool to take VMWare’s amazing desktop virtualization technologies and extend those resulting resources down to the user. In any VMWare setup, Konect saves SMB’s a lot of time, money and headache, when compared to similar large enterprise cloud delivery/management solutions.
And Konect doesn’t stop there, either.
SMB’s still have BYOD needs, just the same as large enterprises. That’s why we’re creating new clients (Konect Zero – HTML5 Gateway; Konect App – Appstore Apps) to allow virtually any and all devices to “Konect”. Currently, users can “Konect” via the native Konect Client, which leverages RemoteFX and other technologies to give users a clean experience when connecting remotely to their business resources. The Konect Client currently supports all Microsoft OS’s XP and newer, and with the completion of the new Konect Zero and Konect App clients, Konect will soon support virtually all devices, including tablets and mobile devices.
And Konect doesn’t even stop there.
Konect is scalable, and can grow with your business. The Konect solution is targeted at any business in any vertical that has 5-500 users, and will scale with you, not against you. Konect provides a single, seamless experience on both the management side and the user side. Right now, Konect can support both physical or cloud infrastructures, and soon, new Konect technologies will allow Mixed Private Clouds as well.
Konect Classic™ is a dts Reference Architecture for Traditional Private Clouds, to be used when a business has the physical hardware on-site.
Konect Cloud™ is a dts Reference Architecture for Publicly Hosted Private Clouds, to be used when a business is “renting/leasing” the hardware infrastructure from any 3rd party cloud hosting company.
Very soon, Konect Ultimate™ will be ready, which is a dts Reference Architecture that will allow you to easily mix Private and Public Cloud Infrastructures, gaining all the benefits of mixed infrastructure scenario, such as off-loading heavy workloads, cloud backup, disaster recovery, inherent co-location, lower upfront infrastructure costs, and many others.
Coming out mid-2014, Konect Platinum™ will be available, which is a dts Reference Architecture that will allow you to easily mix Private and Public Cloud Resources AND Infrastructures, giving SMB’s full cloud capabilities, no matter what the resources are, where the resources are located, or where or what device the users are connecting from.
Right now, SMB’s can easily get into the desktop virtualization and cloud computing world using Konect Elite as the creation, delivery, and management layer in any Private Cloud scenario, enabling them to fully utilize new Microsoft technologies to easily deliver VDI, RDSH, and other resources to their users.
To learn more about Konect Elite SMB desktop virtualization and cloud management solutions, visit our website (www.desktopsites.com) or contact us directly to speak with a live agent who can answer any questions you may have.
- Created on Wednesday, 09 October 2013 22:04
dts is pleased to announce our new "Konect Solutions" page!
desktopsites is working fervently to provide our customers with proven solutions that leverage the latest in cloud computing technology to empower SMB's to remain competitive in today's market.
Konect Classic ™
Click here to learn more about Traditional Private Clouds using Konect Elite as the management and delivery layer.
Konect Cloud ™
Click here to learn more about Publicly Hosted Private Clouds using Konect Elite as the management and delivery layer.
Konect Workstyles | VM Center | Hosted Server Desktops | RemoteApps | VDI | Workstations | Virtual File Access
- Created on Saturday, 29 June 2013 22:39
Who can use Konect? Which of the Konect Core Technologies are best for what types of users? Learn the landscape by watching this educational "Konect Workstyles" video of Konect Elite by desktopsites! (Click "Full Screen"; HD version will load in a few seconds)
- Created on Thursday, 30 May 2013 17:42
“Richards Homewares” was started in 1939 in Los Angeles, California by Myron Freelander under the name of “Richards Plastic Company”. Today, Richards boasts hundreds of items and continues, year after year to develop new products for home, storage, and closet organization.
Operating out of Portland, OR, the client has a complex ERP system that runs on Windows® Server 2003 R2. The client also has many mobile workers in both sales and product development. They needed to find a way to publish these resources to their mobile workers, and they also needed to find a way to publish to newer client devices even though the applications run on an older server.
Second to those requirements, Richards and their IT company “Direct One Networking” had been looking into the VMWare ESX hypervisor, so that they could take advantage of having newer hardware with an older server running on it. They would also enjoy the benefits of backups, snapshots, disaster recovery, etc. They needed a way to publish from not only a Windows® Server 2003 OS, but also from a VMWare hypervisor... Continue Reading...
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Hi! My name is Kane Micheletti – VP of Sales & Marketing at desktopsites, Inc. This blog seeks to offer a fresh and intelligent perspective on the rapidly changing IT world, and to give insight to the many challenges we face from day to day. This is an open discussion, so please don’t hesitate to comment on the blog posts and share them in your social media sites!
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