“The point of the pain when virtualising and customising desktops”



“Don’t forget the network or your DV project will become a nightmare ordeal”


“VDI disk images: Shared versus 1-to-1. Which requires more resources in today’s world?”


VDI Coalition — Kicking Off 2011 at the Exec Event

Good kickoff meeting this week for the Coalition.   In addition to founding members GlassHouse, DataCore, Virsto, Pano Logic, Xiotech, and Silver Peak, a representative from Citrix also participated in the meeting.

The Importance of the Channel
All of the Coalition members go-to-market with channel partners, so an important focus area stemming from this week’s meeting will be to develop specific enablement activities for channel partners.   These will be like “recipes” based on the overall reference architecture.

Major Milestones for 2011
We also charted the next six months of activity and determined major milestones.  There will certainly be additional activities over the coming weeks and months.

Citrix Synergy, May 25 – 27
·     Announcement of coalition reference architecture, with customer case studies

·     Solution component guides by Coalition member organization, illustrating fit and value within architecture

·     Starter kits for channel partners and end-users

·     Citrix-specific product/solution updates from Coalition members

·     Customer and partner reception (Date and Location TBA)

·     Next in-person meeting of Coalition

VMWorld, Aug 29 – Sept 1
·     Announcement of additional case studies, solution briefs, and VMware-specific product/solution updates.

·     More to follow

A Value Proposition Update
The VDI Coalition’s mission is to develop and promote industry-oriented, open solution architectures for desktop virtualization.  For end user customers, these solutions will accelerate time to value, significantly reduce implementation risk, and lower the implementation and ongoing management costs.   For channel partners, these solutions will provide targeted enablement for multi-vendor solutions and ensure timely, risk-free deployments.

Thanks to Citrix for attending our kickoff meeting, as well as to Greg and VaNessa Duplessie for hosting the Coalition at the Exec Event in Palo Alto.

Stay tuned for more updates…


Mark your calendars for Wikibons’ next Peer Incite on Tue Jan 25th!

Virtualization is a technology that is successfully permeating IT shops. The “next big thing” in virtualization is believed to be desktop virtualization, but the hype over the last few years has outstripped deployments. VDI has been significant focus by vendors, including major new releases in 2010 from Citrix and VMware, and initiatives by almost every storage company. VDI is now more than just for simplifying the management of Windows machines as evident from efforts like VMware’s End-User Computing, Cisco’s Virtualization Experience Infrastructure (VXI), and the VDI Coalition.

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The Next Big Industry Push is VDI

“If I am reading my tea leaves correctly, the Next Big Industry Push is going to be desktop virtualization or VDI.  Over the holiday season, I have been boning up on the literature and checking my sources and it seems that VDI is a front burner effort at many development houses.”

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Supporting Quotes for VDI Coalition

Coalition Member Quotes

“Desktop virtualization is reshaping the IT landscape for our customers and has a ripple effect across many technologies in the data center,” states Carlos M. Carreras, Vice President, Alliances and Business Development, DataCore Software. “DataCore’s software virtualization solutions address critical storage-related requirements for an efficient and cost-effective VDI deployment.  We are pleased to join the VDI Coalition and look forward to collaborating with other leading companies that provide complementary benefits in this space.”

“With the rapid increase of virtualization in the data center as well as remote office desktops, customers are beginning to face scalability constraints due to bottlenecks in their existing WAN infrastructure,” said Marc Trimuschat, VP Global Alliances, Silver Peak Systems. “As the leader in data center class WAN optimization, we’re excited to be part of the VDI Coalition to help define solutions which help customers scale VDI environments and ensure a quality end-user experience.”

“We are seeing a real need in the market for solutions that reduce the risk and simplify VDI deployments, and Virsto One’s ability to significantly reduce the cost and complexity of VDI deployments while improving desktop performance is a key benefit to enterprises,” said Claude Robinson, senior director of Business Development, Virsto Software. “We are excited to be part of the VDI Coalition to help define and deliver best practices and solutions that leverage the respective strengths of Virsto and the coalition partners for the benefit of enterprise users.”

“VDI deployments have impacts across the data center and require customers to evaluate their entire IT infrastructure, not just their desktop environments,” said Richard Scannell, senior vice president at GlassHouse Technologies. “Impacts on storage, networks, change management processes and beyond mean customers need our help in sorting through the impacts and ensuring ongoing, optimized operations. With our best-of-breed partners in the VDI Coalition, we can ensure customers enjoy a quality experience.”

Customer Quotes

“VDI is a critical application platform for Campbell Union High School District, and it delivers significant benefits to our community, particularly as we drive new modes of education services,” said Charles Kanavel, director of Technology at Campbell Union High School District. “Since we deployed, we’ve cut our desktop and server refresh expenses significantly, which saves precious educational dollars in this tough budgetary climate. Our partnership with Xiotech has played a big role in that virtualization journey, as their ISE-based storage solutions are unmatched in their ability to cost effectively power our applications. In fact, the performance and accessibility of rich media and learning tools has directly resulted in higher grades for the students taking advantage of them.”

“What appeals to me with Pano is the simplicity of the solution. I basically provisioned my virtual desktops and was able to start using our new Panos literally within a couple of hours,” said Jeff Cunningham, director of Information Systems, AREC Department, University of Maryland.

VDI Survey

VDI Coalition members Xiotech and Silver Peak sponsored a survey at the Fall 2010 VMWorld event.  Read the full survey results here.

An Industry Coalition is Born

The VDI Coalition will hold their first in-person meeting at the Exec Event in Palo Alto, California, January 25-27, 2011.   http://theexecevent.com/jan-2011-palo-alto-ca/

A Tentative 2011 Schedule

  • Q1 – Publish VDI Coalition Roadmap
  • Q2 – Citrix Synergy, Microsot TechEd, VDI Survey part 2 Results Published, Solution Architecture(s)
  • Q3 – VMWorld, Solution Architectures
  • Q4 – Solution Architectures