Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

Hyperconverged Solutions for VDI

The Pivot3 storage-centric approach for virtual desktop infrastructure, characterized by high-capacity needs and I/O-intensive workloads, delivers high performance, lower cost and higher availability than traditional alternatives. Our VDI solutions are powered by the shared storage and compute system vSTAC OS to enable radical end user simplicity so you can focus on only the number of desktops you deploy. With incremental scalability from proof-of-concept to production, customers can count on a predictable ROI and significantly reduce the need for large upfront IT infrastructure investments. Pivot3 vSTAC systems deploy and dynamically scale in minutes for significant savings on cost per desktop.

Customer Benefits

Rapid Deployments – User centric plug-and-play VDI deployments in under an hour with linear scalability from 100s to 1,000s of desktops for easy expansion.

High Availability and Greater Fault Tolerance – Minimize risk with 99.9999% availability and no single point of failure for storage, server, or network resources.

Do More with Less – Spend less and get more than 2X the virtual desktops per node than replication-based HCI options, as well as high-speed SSD storage and automatic load-balancing.

Pre-Packaged & Purpose-Built – Fast and easy “Horizon-in-a-box” experience, with no need to pay for unnecessary hardware.

Key Advantages

Self-Healing Virtual Desktops

Systems restart automatically in the case of appliance failures, with failover and migration of virtual desktops managed through VMware vCenter.

High Availability Storage

Shared storage and compute resources across the array create highly available storage volumes that exist on all drives, with up to five drive fault tolerance without compromising existing data stores.

 

Automatic Load-Balancing

Resources are automatically load-balanced across all nodes so performance is effortlessly delivered to desktops that are exerting the highest demand.

 

Industry-Leading Capacity

Start with a single node with 2.1TB of usable storage capacity and scale up to 1.4PB of usable capacity at 94% efficiency within a single Virtual Performance Group, aggregating usable capacity, efficiency and performance as you scale.

 

 

Dynamic Expansion

As nodes are added to an existing array, new storage, network, and compute resources are dynamically added to the unified pool, which is ideal for smaller environments that expand over time and for admins responding quickly to changing user requirements in the field.

Lower Costs for Higher Performance

4X cost reduction for power and cooling compared to systems requiring physical servers and physical SAN or NAS, with low entry costs for enterprise-class vSAN storage performance and failover features.

 

Use Cases

Mobile Secure Desktop

Today’s workforce is increasingly mobile and dispersed, leaving IT managers to wrestle with how to support more user devices and maintain security across appliances and data.

Graphics Acceleration

Enhance the desktop user experience with graphics acceleration options from Pivot3, Teradici and NVIDIA.  Deliver a streamlined user experience by maximizing graphics operations and display times.

VMware Horizon Suite

Pivot3 dramatically simplifies your full Horizon Suite production deployment with the only virtualized storage and compute node purpose-built for Horizon Suite that ships from the factory pre-configured and ready to deploy.

Federal Secure Workspace

Pivot3 offers a simple, scalable federal workspace VDI-validated design infrastructure from leading vendors that eliminates the complexity of building out and integrating infrastructure.

Healthcare VDI

Healthcare-3 is a simple, scalable healthcare VDI validated design infrastructure from Pivot3, VMware, Teradici, and Imprivata that enables you to focus on healthcare and not the complexity of building out and integrating infrastructure.

Flash Arrays for VDI

Desktop management at any scale is a tedious job. Imaging, reimaging, and troubleshooting desktop systems consume valuable IT resources, and keep employees from being productive. Securing the information generated on desktops, tablets,and smartphones is no simple job either. For these reasons, many IT organizations are deploying virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI).

With VDI, desktops are virtualized and reside on the server in a datacenter. Endusers aren’t dependent on a single physical device at the office, and can access their centralized desktop image via a multitude of devices, making them more productive. With desktops now stored in the data center, businesses are protected from espionage via lost or stolen devices. While managed by hypervisors on servers, the actual desktops and user data are stored on shared storage systems that require both consistent and peak performance to deliver positive end-user experience.

It is generally acknowledged that flash storage is the best storage medium to address VDI requirements, due to its low latency/high IOPS characteristics. All-flash arrays and hybrid arrays are two key solutions considered for VDI shared storage.

Customer Benefits

Optimum User Experience – Mult-tier flash array architecture delivers lowestlatency and highest performance ensuringsatisfied users

Predictable User Experience – Advanced Quality of Service (QoS) allowsadministrators to assign service levels tocategories of user

Lower Cost Per Desktop – Leverage storage used for VDI across otherdatacenter applications resulting in better ROI

Peace of Mind – Deploy Pivot3 Flash Storage knowing it is tested,validated, and proven with your virtual desktopplatform of choice

Considerations Prior to Purchasing a Shared Storage Solution for VDI

Performance

High I/O performance and low latency are key to a successful VDI user experience. Nothing stalls VDI adoption faster than user frustration causedby slow desktop boot-ups and application response time being slower than physical desktops. It is important to note that VDI is generally characterized as write heavy. While this is not a concern with all-flash storage arrays, since all reads and writes go to flash, it can be for hybrid arrays, that do not use flash for writes.

Predictable User Experience

Virtual desktop users will expect the same, if not better, user experience as they have with their physical desktops. For a storage system, this means that performance must remain consistent, even during boot storm, virus scans, and other updates. If virtual desktops are hosted on the same storage system as other applications, resource contention must not affect user experience.

Validated with your platform of choice

Having documentation that the storage is validated with your VDI platform of choice and what results should be expected takes risks and unknowns out of the VDI deployment.  

Lower cost per desktop

Overall storage solution cost (upfront hardware and software plus on-going administration, support and maintenance) can put the VDI project out of reach, especially if the storage can only handle the VDI workload. The higher the user count or applications the system can predictably support the lower the cost per desktop.

Flexible Scalability

Confidence that your storage system can scale to meet VDI demands is reassuring. Being able to scale performance and capacity independently allows your storage system to grow in the dimension needed without having to incur unnecessary costs. Furthermore, the ability to scale performance without swapping out controllers or needing to add flash as capacity is scaled makes scaling less cumbersome and less costly.

Manage storage sprawl

The ability to run VDI alongside other applications would be a desirable capability for most companies, especially mid-sized or small-to-medium enterprises, since it reduces the costs and management complexity associated with storage sprawl across the organization.