Planning is the most important component of ensuring that VDI is implemented properly. Most organizations approach this step with error-prone manual processes and questionnaires that may or may not be completed and returned. It is imperative that IT organizations embarking on this paradigm-shifting compute environment take the time to arm themselves with all of the intelligence available about their current end-user compute and application environments.
Today’s market is dominated by only a few vendors, whose systems range from monitoring software to fully detailed and in-depth planning and design tools. Here are the three vendors that are most prevalent today:
3. Lanamark – The company’s recently introduced Desktop Transformation Model helps accelerate desktop transformation planning and design. This is based on an agent-less analysis of applications, users, desktops, laptops, and terminal servers. It enables application and desktop delivery specification for multiple user groups and supports multi-phase transformation design across Citrix XenApp, Citrix XenDesktop, Microsoft App-V, VMware ThinApp and VMware View.
2. Liquidware Labs – This vendor came to the analysis space more than three years ago with Stratusphere Fit. This tool fully assesses an organizations current environment — from the desktop, to the network, to the data center, to the SAN. It will provide information needed to decide which users, PCs, applications, and servers are ready for Citrix XenDesktop, VMware View, and/or Windows 7.
1. Lakeside Software – This company has been around the longest in the analysis and on-going management of products in the server-based computing and virtualization space. It has developed the most comprehensive planning/design and management solution for desktop virtualization. Lakeside’s flagship product, SysTrack, constructs models based on the customer’s environment that quantify and predict load. Using a mathematical probability model, SysTrack predicts loading based on real-world user behavior, hypervisor type, desktop model (assigned/persistent/pooled), hardware requirements, storage (both sizing and throughput) and other environmental concerns.
Action Item: Organizations looking to investigate whether virtual desktop computing fits into their end-user compute model must implement a tool like those mentioned above to ensure that planning is based on accurate information. Users also must understand what to do with that information after they have it. Users must ensure that their vendor-of-choice has a methodology to guide them from beginning (planning) to end (on-going management) in virtual desktop infrastructures. This will give them the greatest chance of success.