The reader is assumed to be decided upon a few things, prior to going through this write-up:
- He has compared the TS/RDS and VDI architectures.
- He is convinced about using VDI architecture as the solution to his software requirements.
- He is aware of the basic components used in VDI architecture.
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Once settled upon opting for the VDI solution for my personal and Organizational demands, the next immediate question for me is “Which one is the right choice?”
Obviously, I need a VDI solution which is:
- Cost effective
- Simpler to deploy
- Performance efficient
There are many popular names offering the efficient products at competitive prices. So, deciding the right one will take no time, once the specifications are carefully studied.
Now, my next question: Which vendor should I look for??
Here is the twist to the tale. Not many players in this area offer all the components of VDI architecture together. There are several deciding components which must be absolutely compatible. I cannot go for an individual vendor for the client installation, and a different one for the connection broker. There must be a fully compatible solution offering the client service, hypervisor, connection broker, protocol and finally the one who can guarantee the seamless maintenance in future. Plus, I need everything at budgeted price. Is there a one-stop shop for this VDI solution demand??
One option could be Dell. With the recent acquisitions of Wyse Technology and Quest Software, this company now owns the thin and zero clients from Wyse and the connection broker with independent protocol from Quest. For the hypervisor, it recommends VMWare or Citrix.
There is however one problem if you opt for Dell. The company has been in a long term relation with VMWare and Citrix. Promoting the VDI stack from Quest will be a threat to the existing relations with these companies. Thus, the current pricing highly de-emphasizes the products from Quest software.
Another name is SUNDE. This company specializes in offering zero client based virtual desktop solutions, and is a definitely one-stop place for the VDI demands.
A single package from SUNDE includes everything that you demand from the VDI deployment:
- Diana Zero Client as the endpoint device.
- VirtualBox from Oracle as the hypervisor
- vPointServer software as the connection broker and the management tool.
- This easy to deploy VDI solution needs you to pay only for the Diana Zero Client, and the rest of the components are absolutely free!!
- Another feature worth mentioning is SUNDE’s independent VDI Protocol, which is very innovative and highly efficient for seamless multimedia data transfer at high speed.
- With everything offered as a single package, there are absolutely no compatibility issues.