Desktop virtualization offers a number of benefits from improved security to easier image management and mobile device support. Traditional infrastructure and VDI solutions have managed to deliver on some of these benefits but not without high cost and complexity making the solution nearly inaccessible for small and midsize IT departments. With HC3 hyperconvergence and virtualization, VDI is not only achievable for any size IT department, but available without complexity or prohibitive cost.
HC3 with Workspot VDI 2.0
Scale Computing has joined forces with Workspot to validate a VDI solution that combines the simplicity and scalability of the HC3 platform with the flexibility and ease-of-use of VDI 2.0. Designed to be quickly and easily deployed, the combined integrated solution scales out easily and supports a variety of workplace experiences including traditional desktops and modern mobile devices.
Workspot brought experience starting from the early days of VDI to re-invent VDI and maximize the benefits of the HC3 platform. Called VDI 2.0, Workspot is a modern cloud native architecture that replaces the complex operational components found in older VDI solutions with an instant on and web scale cloud service. Designed jointly, Workspot integrated the power of cloud service with the HC3 platform. The integrated solution delivers peak operational performance and requires fewer IT resources overall to deliver powerful VDI.
HC3 and VDI 2.0 were validated in our test labs with LoginVSI and outlined in our reference architecture report. Here are just a few of the features and benefits of the solution we validated.
Features and Benefits
- Simple web-based management interface accessible anywhere
- Non-disruptive rolling infrastructure updates
- Highly integrated architecture with pre-built provisioning, configuration, and management integration between the Scale and Workspot management consoles, requires only IT generalists, not VDI specialists.
- Workspot cloud service is always up to date; requires no maintenance.
- High availability, thin cloning, VM snapshots, live migration
- Extensive device support: iOS, Android, Mac, Windows, thin and zero clients
HC3 with Remote Desktop Services (RDS)
Remotely accessed desktops provide many advantages over traditional, physical, “on the desk” desktops for workers especially around support consolidation, security and management. Terminal server is a remote desktop approach that has been used for decades to provide remote desktops to users.
By and large, smaller organizations have needs that strongly favor the terminal server approach. This approach is typically simpler to manage, less resource intensive and more cost effective; especially on a smaller scale. The two key players in the terminal services space are Microsoft with RDS (Remote Desktop Services) and Citrix with XenApp. These two products represent nearly all terminal server deployments.
For small and midsize organizations, Microsoft RDS is the most commonly chosen and appropriate solution. Typical SMB organizations lack the necessary scale to justify the additional cost of the XenApp solution, plus the additional management overhead necessary for initial installation. Microsoft RDS does not have a need for a specific scale to justify its usage and so can be effective even for just a handful of users but can scale up as needed to very large, enterprise class deployments.
RDS fits well with modern infrastructure like HC3 hyperconvergence that scales to support IT departments from the smallest to the enterprise. Like HC3, RDS keeps costs low while delivering a simple, scalable solution. RDS heavily benefits from being a native component of Windows Server and as such can be managed using standard, well known tools without any additional software investment.
While RDS provides the remote desktop experience that users are looking for, HC3 provides the stable architecture that provides high availability, scalability, and simplicity to keep the solution running.