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Bring-your-own-Device (BYOD) corporate initiatives have spurred a lot of interest in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). BYOD and VDI enable productive users to initiate a desktop session on their favorite device with the ability to seamlessly transfer sessions between laptop/desktop and devices for use at home, in the field or in the office.

VDI, in general, holds promise for improved productivity since users are able to leverage the device of their choice to perform their tasks or have access to a consistent and reliable desktop environment for individual tasks.

Other corporate drivers for VDI include a centralized approach to improve security of corporate data with a centralized repository to protect against malware, intellectual property protection, theft, and other types of data loss.

To help make VDI a success, an integral part of a successful BYOD strategy is to select storage infrastructure to help manage virtual desktops.

Generally, there are two classic approaches to selecting VDI flavors and their associated storage options:

  • Persistent Storage for Persistent Desktops – allows individual users to maintain their own customer desktop environment so they can tailor their VDI instance like a physical desktop or laptop for a look and feel to their specification, along with standard applications and individually installed applications.
  • Non-Persistent (aka “Stateless”) Storage for Non-Persistent Desktops – an efficient method and storage environment to quickly deploy many desktop images to common task-oriented use cases like call centers or kiosks, where uniformity and consistency is important.

Offering the broadest flash portfolio on the market, SanDisk® VDI experts can help you optimize your VDI deployment project and help with your ‘persistent’ or ‘non-persistent’ storage needs. Join us in stand #S220 to learn how to address some of the most pressing questions about how to successfully deploy VDI, with Memory Channel, PCIe, SAS, SATA, flash software, and partner system vendors.

Flash transforms Virtual Desktop Infrastructure – what you need to know

I’ve outlined my top 10 questions/challenges on how flash storage transforms Virtual Desktop Infrastructure that you should be asking the experts in our booth:

  1. How do I leverage existing SAN, iSCSI or NFS NAS environments in order to keep VDI deployment costs to a minimum?
  2. What are the Reference Architectures for VMware Virtual SAN on which to deploy VDI?
  3. How do I achieve right-sizing of infrastructure to support 50, 250, 500, 1500, or larger amounts of VDI seats?
  4. How can I keep knowledge workers satisfied and productive with high-performing VDI sessions.
  5. How easy can it be to quickly deploy VDI for individual tasks workers or kiosks?
  6. How can my organization maintain Service Level Agreements for VDI?
  7. What is Memory Channel Storage and how does it differ from PCIe solutions?
  8. How can I minimize administrative overhead for VDI management in the era of 24×7, 365 computing?
  9. How should I avoid a mismatch of VDI workloads to the appropriate class of flash storage?
  10. What are the system options for VDI? E.g., VMware “Ready Nodes”, EVO:RAIL, “Do-it-Yourself” systems, and major systems vendors that OEM SanDisk flash storage products.

I, along with my SanDisk colleagues from UK, Germany, Sweden, Netherlands, Denmark, and the United States, will be performing demonstrations of SanDisk VDI solutions in the booth – these are a great way to learn how to leverage flash for best and most effective results.

We look forward to having one-on-one conversations so you can be successful with VDI and SanDisk solutions – see you in Barcelona!

Learn more about SanDisk at VMworld 2014: http://www.sandisk.com/events/vmworld-europe/

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