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The Next Generation VDI Reference Architecture on Cloudistics Ignite
Desktop and application virtualization is one of the primary ways how businesses reduce CapEx and OpEx, improve time to market, efficiency, increase control, and expand connectivity. VDI enables users to now access their desktops hosted in a data center server as virtual machines, which can be accessed from laptops and thin clients. Although desktop virtualization has existed for many years, many implementers of the technology have discovered that significant hurdles need to be overcome to fully

Desktop and application virtualization is one of the primary ways how businesses reduce CapEx and OpEx, improve time to market, efficiency, increase control, and expand connectivity. VDI enables users to now access their desktops hosted in a data center server as virtual machines, which can be accessed from laptops and thin clients. Although desktop virtualization has existed for many years, many implementers of the technology have discovered that significant hurdles need to be overcome to fully reap its benefits.

This document defines a set of architectural blocks for building a multitenant, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure in and application services on the Cloudistics platform.
This document includes 2 major sections:

  • VDI Solution Architecture
  • Overview of Cloudistics Ignite Platform Components (Appendix A)
The primary goal of this VDI architecture is to enable service providers and IT departments to create secure, scalable, and reliable desktop hosting solution offers for small- and medium-sized organizations ranging from 500 to 1,000 users. The intended audience is hosting providers, and IT departments who want to leverage the Cloudistics infrastructure services to deliver desktop hosting services to multiple tenants.

To deliver a desktop hosting solution, service provider partners can leverage Windows Server and the Windows Desktop Experience feature to deliver Windows users a highly performant application experience that is familiar to business users and consumers.

The Next Generation Clusterless Federation Design in the Cloudistics Cloud Platform
Is there another way to manage your VMs? Yes, the introduction of the Cloudistics Cloud Platform has an innovative approach – non-clustered (or clusterless) federated design.The clusterless federation of the Cloudistics Cloud platform uses categories and tags to characterize computer nodes, migration zones, and storage groups (or blocks). With these benefits: ⦁ Node Limits Are A Thing of the Past. ⦁ Locking limitations are removed. ⦁ Flexibility is Enhanced. ⦁ Ladders of Latency are Removed. ⦁

This paper is written in the context of modern virtualized infrastructures, such as VMware or Nutanix. In such systems, a hypervisor runs on each compute node creating multiple virtual machines (VMs) per compute node. A guest OS runs inside each VM.

Data associated with each VM is stored in one or more virtual disks (vDisks). A virtual disk appears like a local disk, but can be mapped to physical storage in many ways as we will discuss.

Virtualized infrastructures use clustering to provide for non-disruptive VM migration between compute nodes, for load balancing across the nodes, for sharing storage, and for high availability and failover. Clustering is well known and has been used to build
computer systems for a long time. However, in the context of virtualized infrastructures, clustering has a number of significant limitations. Specifically, as we explain below, clusters limit scalability, decrease resource efficiency, hurt performance, reduce flexibility and impair manageability.

In this paper, we will present an innovative alternative architecture that does not have these limitations of clustering. We call our new approach clusterless federation and it is the approach used in the Cloudistics platform.

The rest of this paper is organized as follows. In Section 2, we describe the limitations of clustering and in Section 3, we drive the point home by using the specific example of VMware; other virtualized systems are similar. In Section 4, we present the clusterless federated approach and show how it avoids the limitations of clustering. We summarize in Section 5.

Does Deploying Citrix in the Cloud Make Performance Monitoring Easier?
Organizations now have a variety of cloud-based options for delivering virtualized applications and desktops. Cloud deployments are fast, involve lower hardware footprint and simplify IT operations. A key question to answer in this context is whether Citrix Cloud services make performance monitoring easier than it was for on-premises deployments. Read this white paper and find out how to implement monitoring for Citrix Cloud environments.

The technology of cloud computing has caught up with virtual desktop infrastructures. Tapping into the agility and flexibility of cloud-hosted infrastructures, Citrix Cloud enables organizations to simplify digital workspace delivery. With many of the critical components of the Citrix delivery infrastructure hosted in the cloud and managed by Citrix, organizations can speed up deployment, lower hardware footprint, increase ROI, simplify IT operations. Despite the many benefits of Citrix Cloud, the performance management challenges still persist, just as they do in traditional on-premises Citrix deployments.

Read this eG Innovations white paper, and understand:

  • The two popular Citrix Cloud deployment options
  • Performance monitoring challenges in Citrix Cloud infrastructures
  • Stakeholders involved and their respective domains of responsibility
  • The various monitoring tools and options available
  • Best practices to set up performance monitoring
2018 Citrix Migration Trends - Industry Insights Report
With the end of maintenance of Citrix XenApp 6.5 approaching quickly (June 30, 2018), there is increased adoption of Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop 7.x. eG Innovations and DABCC have conducted a joint survey across 795 Citrix professionals to understand this migration trend, challenges involved, and performance expectations. Read this survey analysis report to learn how organizations are gearing up for XenApp and XenDesktop 7.x migration.

With the end of maintenance of Citrix XenApp 6.5 approaching quickly (June 30, 2018), there is increased adoption of Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop 7.x. eG Innovations and DABCC have conducted a joint survey across 795 Citrix professionals to understand this migration trend, challenges involved, and performance expectations.

Read this survey analysis report and understand how the industry is gearing up for Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop 7.x adoption:

  • The expectations from Citrix admins about the migration to XenApp/XenDesktop 7.x
  • Key factors driving adoption of 7.x
  • Challenges expected before, during and after migration
  • Citrix Cloud adoption trends
  • Performance management needs and concerns
Demystifying Hybrid Solutions and Architecture
Digital transformation projects have accelerated the adoption of new technologies and a multitude of cloud services. Infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals face exacerbated challenges associated with managing an increasingly diverse environment. In response, vendors have saturated the market with confusing hybrid products and solutions that vary vastly in capabilities. This report provides clarity about and categorization of hybrid architectures to help I&O professionals evolve ope

Digital transformation projects have accelerated the adoption of new technologies and a multitude of cloud services. Infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals face exacerbated challenges associated with managing an increasingly diverse environment.

In response, vendors have saturated the market with confusing hybrid products and solutions that vary vastly in capabilities.
This report provides clarity about and categorization of hybrid architectures to help I&O professionals evolve operational models and select services based on their unique requirements.

Key Takeaways

More Options Mandate New Technology Roles, Skills, And Responsibilities
Hybrid injects more technologies into an already complex mix of choices. Seek to simplify with automation, supply chain management, and software coding representing some key new demands. Adapt your organization to meet these demands; old-school IT methods crumble in the new hybrid systems.

Consider Processes, Skills, And Applications As Hybrid Models Move Beyond Just Cloud
Forrester classifies four hybrid architecture models. Cloud may seem obvious, but operations, infrastructure, and applications may not. They're just as important — and maybe even more so in your environment.

Formulate A DevOps Philosophy To Permeate Every Corner Of Your Business
Development and operations (DevOps) and Agile methodologies and philosophies are popular because they encourage speed over perfection. Now pervasive in application development and delivery, these principles offer value everywhere — especially in hybrid architectures.

Hyperconverged Infrastructure: A Brief Introduction
The term hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) has become an industry buzzword that has been applied to a number of different new computing technologies. The misuse of the term has caused confusion for many IT professionals looking at HCI as an infrastructure solution. In this document we will shed some light on what HCI really means and why it might be the right IT solution for you.
The term hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) has become an industry buzzword that has been applied to a number of different new computing technologies. The misuse of the term has caused confusion for many IT professionals looking at HCI as an infrastructure solution. In this document we will shed some light on what HCI really means and why it might be the right IT solution for you.
Disaster Recovery Strategies with Scale Computing
Disaster recovery is a concept that asks the question, “How can an organization survive and respond to a wide variety of threats ranging from small hiccups to catastrophic destruction?” The threats to ongoing operations range from human error to malicious attacks to natural disasters. Organizations need to prepare in ways that involve both human and technological response. Technology is an important part of any organization. At Scale Computing, we recognize that in today’s 24/7 marketplace, IT i
Disaster recovery is a concept that asks the question, “How can an organization survive and respond to a wide variety of threats ranging from small hiccups to catastrophic destruction?” The threats to ongoing operations range from human error to malicious attacks to natural disasters. Organizations need to prepare in ways that involve both human and technological response. Technology is an important part of any organization. At Scale Computing, we recognize that in today’s 24/7 marketplace, IT infrastructure must be both resilient and highly available to keep organizations operational.

In our HC3 architecture, keeping in mind our typical simplicity and ease of use, we have built-in a number of disaster recovery capabilities. These allow our users to recover quickly from a variety of disasters that may affect anywhere from a single file to an entire site. Disaster recovery is often planned for and measured in terms of recovery point objective (RPO) and recovery time objective (RTO). HC3 provides features to achieve both RPO and RTO measured in minutes to minimize both downtime and data loss.
How HC3 Lowers the Total Cost of Ownership
When considering a new IT infrastructure solution, the acquisition cost of the hardware and software to standup the infrastructure is only the starting point for cost analysis. It is important to look into the operational costs of deployment, training, licensing, scale out, downtime, and management. All of these considerations contribute to the total cost of ownership (TCO) of the solution.
When considering a new IT infrastructure solution, the acquisition cost of the hardware and software to standup the infrastructure is only the starting point for cost analysis. It is important to look into the operational costs of deployment, training, licensing, scale out, downtime, and management. All of these considerations contribute to the total cost of ownership (TCO) of the solution.

This document will dive into the TCO of the Scale Computing HC3 infrastructure solution and discuss how it compares to traditional architecture models. The combined considerations of different areas of costs will give a broader and more complete picture of how HC3 affects IT costs. With a focus on serving small and midmarket IT, Scale Computing is committed to making virtualization infrastructure both accessible and affordable for any size organization.
Secure Pull Printing Checklist: 25 Questions You Should Ask When Comparing Pull Printing Vendors
When looking for a pull printing solution, it is important address all your architecture & capability requirements. Download this complete checklist to know what questions to ask when choosing a pull printing vendor.
When looking for a pull-print vendor, it is important to remember that it is unlikely to find one solution that will address all your architecture and capability requirements. To help your search it is important to consider the following questions about solution features, and technical and architectural requirements. This complete checklist acts as a guide to help you know what questions to keep in mind when deciding upon which pull printing vendor is right for you.
Achieve Secure Cloud Printing for Microsoft Office 365 and Azure
The Microsoft Azure platform offers an open and scalable Cloud computing platform as a service, providing a highly available Virtual Machine (VM) Cloud service payable on a monthly fee. For subscribers, critical services and server functions can now be moved with relative ease but what about printing, how realistic is that? This paper explores the topic further and considers what happens when subscribers elect to migrate everything, including print servers, offsite into the Cloud and pitfalls to
The Microsoft Azure platform offers an open and scalable Cloud computing platform as a service, providing a highly available Virtual Machine (VM) Cloud service payable on a monthly fee. For subscribers, critical services and server functions can now be moved with relative ease but what about printing, how realistic is that? Users are struggling with print file sizes and resultant bandwidth issues, not to mention security and compliance concerns. This paper explores the topic further and considers what happens when subscribers elect to migrate everything, including print servers, offsite into the Cloud and pitfalls to avoid.
Time to Refocus IT on Applications
In this Uila sponsored white paper, Nick Howell and James Green talks about application-centric infrastructure management is a must for all Hybrid Cloud environments.
If you think about it, it’s always been about the application. Everything else was just a necessity – a means to an end – to run the application. Setting up, running, and maintaining the entire underlying infrastructure consumed 90% of our staff , resources, and capital expenditure each year... all to run a suite of applications.

Read this white paper to:
•    Gain insights into how Application and Infrastructure Complexity has deepened silos within organizations.
•    Come up to speed with the characteristics of other industry peer IT organizations who have a laser focus on the applications they’re delivering.
•    Arm yourself with insight on the Cloud-Induced Application-Centricity Challenges.
Essential Guide for Application-Centric Workload Migrations to Hybrid Cloud
Essential guide on migrating from the Private to the Hybrid Cloud environment.

IT leaders turn an eye toward the cloud when they’re looking to solve elasticity and scalability issues. One of the key differentiators of the cloud as compared to traditional infrastructure is that it’s inherently flexible.

Migrating workloads, especially complex, multi-tiered applications, can be a harrowing process. Undertaking the migration without a solid understanding of the interdependencies of applications and the exact resource requirements means almost certain failure. In today’s world, it’s understandable that failures can, do, and will happen; what’s not acceptable today is downtime. Cutovers of migrations need to be instant, or an hour at most.

Read this essential guide on Workload Migrations to learn about:

  • Availability Service Level Agreements
  • On-Premises to Public Cloud Migrations
  • Data Center to Data Center Migrations
  • Workload Migration Challenges
  • Migrate Successfully with Application-Centric Workload Visibility
Essential Guide to Storage for Virtualization
If your organization is highly virtualized, or if you’re planning a virtual-first strategy for your organization, you cannot meet your objectives with conventional LUN and volume-based storage. Conventional storage architectures that were built for physical workloads decades ago are still used by both legacy providers and storage newcomers today. Instead, you need storage specifically built for virtualization and cloud.
If your organization is highly virtualized, or if you’re planning a virtual-first strategy for your organization, you cannot meet your objectives with conventional LUN and volume-based storage. Conventional storage architectures that were built for physical workloads decades ago are still used by both legacy providers and storage newcomers today. Instead, you need storage specifically built for virtualization and cloud.

Key Takeaways:
1) Understand the constraints of conventional, legacy storage solutions.
2) Learn how modern storage systems eliminate the disconnect between virtualized applications and physical-era storage.
3) Recognize the business benefits - including time and cost savings - that can be realized with storage that is optimized for virtualization and cloud.

Essential Guide to Storage for DevOps
Many companies today are adopting a DevOps model to accelerate development efforts and deliver new applications and services. Choosing the right enterprise cloud storage provides the foundation to support your growing DevOps practice.
Gain insight into new storage trends and innovations for DevOps

Many companies today are adopting a DevOps model to accelerate development efforts and deliver new applications and services. Choosing the right enterprise cloud storage provides the foundation to support your growing DevOps practice.

This essentials guide helps you understand the storage features that are most beneficial to your DevOps practice and provides specific guidelines on what to look for.

Key Takeaways:
1) Create a successful DevOps Strategy that considers functionality, cost, and ease of use
2) How to best manage your storage needs for DevOps, QA, and Developers
3) Learn how automation and copy data management makes routine tasks simpler and faster, saving time
4 How to accelerate release cycles

Dummies Guide to Enterprise Cloud
The value proposition for Enterprise Cloud is simple—put all the agility of public cloud in your data center. That means you can spin up and tear down your next project in minutes, scale effortlessly and maintain total control of cost and performance.
The value proposition for Enterprise Cloud is simple—put all the agility of public cloud in your data center. That means you can spin up and tear down your next project in minutes, scale effortlessly and maintain total control of cost and performance.

But building an Enterprise Cloud may seem daunting—that’s why we created this Dummies Guide.

Key Takeaways:
1) The three defining characteristics of an enterprise cloud.
2) The four steps to enterprise cloud creation.
3) The ten business benefits of an enterprise cloud.

3 Potential Risks of an HCI Architecture
The appeal of HCI as a concept is that by bringing compute, network and storage together in a fully-tested, controlled environment, infrastructure administrators would be freed from the challenges of integrating point solutions and would have scalable, guaranteed performance at lower risk. For specific workloads such as VDI and ROBO, the theory is that customers can allocate resources quickly, scale easily, and reduce costs significantly because of the integration and features in its platform. T
The appeal of HCI as a concept is that by bringing compute, network and storage together in a fully-tested, controlled environment, infrastructure administrators would be freed from the challenges of integrating point solutions and would have scalable, guaranteed performance at lower risk. For specific workloads such as VDI and ROBO, the theory is that customers can allocate resources quickly, scale easily, and reduce costs significantly because of the integration and features in its platform. The reality is more complicated—it’s difficult for HCI to deliver scalability, simplicity, and cost advantages without sacrificing performance.