As businesses increasingly turn to virtualization as a strategic option that ensures more agility & productivity, the VDI industry is matching demand with more innovation than it ever did previously.

Enterprises that have successfully learnt to leverage the power of various solutions offered are adopting a multi-dimensional, multi-vendor approach towards virtualization. This trend also manifests itself in the critical area of hypervisors allowing businesses to become more strategic & productive.

Albeit, while the heterogeneous & multi-hypervisor approach has various advantages, to make it work flawlessly warrants the need for a hypervisor-agnostic VDI management suite such as Virtual Desktop Platform (VDP) from VDIworks. VDP provides the nucleic flexibility that a multi-solution environment requires.

Why Organizations are increasingly adopting the Heterogeneous Approach to Virtualization

Realizing the benefits of using multiple hypervisors organizations are deploying multi-hypervisor strategies for various reasons. These can range from reducing licensing & software costs, managing different application workloads, different strengths/capabilities of solutions and even unique scenarios such as a specific solution recommended by an expert.

Research firm Enterprise Strategy Group conducted a survey of IT professionals from mid market (250-999 employees) and enterprise-class (1000+ employees) companies to learn more about the way they approached their virtualization initiatives. 31% of respondents had deployed multiple hypervisors while 24% were transitioning from single-use to multi-hypervisor environment in the near future. (Trends in Private Cloud Infrastructure, ESG) The data clearly shows that the future of being competitive lies in the ability to leverage the power of multiple solutions.

Even Giants Care about Cost-Control: Why Apple Moved Away from VMware

Its common sense to note that with the global ecosystem of devices and services that Apple has in place, a company of its size would be running an oceanic data center to back it all up. That’s where VMware comes in, the virtualization behemoth that was helping Apple manage its server virtualization infrastructure. The folks in Menlo Park decided to save the roughly $20 million that they would have to pay VMware to renew their license, and instead go with the popular and open-source hypervisor solution KVM with an enterprise SLA from Red Hat.

For a lot of industry analysts, the fact that Apple would not be using the VMware ESXi hypervisor any longer is big news, because it attests to the growing threat that free platforms such as KVM and Docker pose to major players in the virtualization space. At the same time it makes it clear that enterprises will not hesitate to use any option on the table as long as it guarantees the intended result, even if it means moving away from something as solid as VMware.

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The market reality is, times have changed for the better. In the past, moving away from VMware meant obtaining cost-benefits of solutions like Microsoft’s Hyper-V, while compromising on significantly advanced features. However, today these solutions have matured and closed the gap, giving organizations more incentive to opt for a multi-hypervisor strategy to optimize their VDI spend.

Albeit, while the notion of the multi-hypervisor approach might seem attractive, the challenge still lies in choosing a holistic VDI management suite which allows for seamless amalgamation of the power that different vendors offer, to achieve your unified goal.

Why VDP’s Vendor-Agnosticism Is the Final Piece of the Puzzle

VDIworks’ VDP allows entities to steer clear of vendor lock-in and leverage the benefits of multiple hypervisors flawlessly. In essence, it’s achieving all the power without going through the typical hassle. The Virtual Desktop Platform seamlessly integrates leading hypervisor APIs for the management of leading solutions such as Citrix XenServer and VMware’s vSphere. Moreover, VDP provides connection brokering capabilities on every other hypervisor (such as Microsoft’s Hyper-V and Linux KVM) that exists hence guaranteeing the flexibility and agility that today’s enterprise needs to succeed.

How VDP Streamlines VM Pooling, Efficient and Strategically

Organizations have multiple talent pools that require access to various technologies to carry out their respective tasks. Developers can require a certain OS while graphic designers can demand something else. To cater to different requirements, pools of virtual machines are created for different user groups. VDIworks VDP allows for VM pools to be created easily and efficiently.

Let’s take an example. An organization has 500 users, spread across 3 separate groups with diverse requirements for the type of OS and applications to be installed. Seems like a daunting task, doesn’t it? But VDP makes it a walk in the park by allowing administrators to create a gold image, which contains the OS, applications and everything else to be included in the VM. It then simply has other virtual machines spun up from this gold image.

So if 150 users had a requirement for Windows 10, along with other key applications, there would be one gold image created and 150 virtual machines replicated from it. After creation of these VMs, they would simply tie into the connection brokering aspects of VDP for effective allocation to a member of the user group.

Virtualization That Administrators Dream of

So not only is the productivity and efficiency of the technology administrators significantly enhanced, but also the fact that VDP is effective across a range of different environments. Take the example of the contact center industry. It’s a lot easier to create a gold image and spin off VMs for 150 agents in a shift, as opposed to doing it individually on each system. What was previously done separately on each desktop, is now done via the data center to the virtual machine and the image then shared with the end-user. Think about the benefits this has in terms of saving networking traffic and streamlining the overall process.

In addition to the initial creation and deployment, the benefits also extend to the process of installing other applications or Upgrading. Instead of doing it individually across each user, an application can simply be installed on the gold image and it would automatically upgrade all the VMs spun off from that image. Perhaps the best part is, changes can be made to a pool without deleting it altogether. VDP essentially is at a point in VDI product maturity where you stop wondering how does virtualization works? and start the implementation process.

Making the transition towards a holistic VDI ecosystem that ensures power and functionality to your enterprise, while taking into account vendor-flexibility and cost-effectiveness is something what VDP was designed for helping administrators across the world.

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