Delivering a Virtual Digital Workplace Platform with Login VSI
Guest blog by Paul Bray, Chief Technologist – Workplace & Mobile at Computacenter
Desktop Virtualisation technologies are a key part of the modern Digital Workplace, and a fundamental part of our solutions at Computacenter. We support over a hundred thousand users of Virtualised Desktop technologies across our Global customer base.
Desktop Virtualisation review
As part of our continuing strategy, we undertook a “review” of our Desktop Virtualisation offerings in late 2015, starting with the platforms and infrastructures that underpin these workloads. As technology has matured and developed, technologies such as all Flash arrays, and hyper converged platforms have emerged from a number of vendors, and represent a significant opportunity for us to potentially re-shape our solutions.
As part of this we needed a robust method of evaluating multiple different platforms in a systematic and consistent manner. We chose Login VSI as it is the best of breed and met all of our requirements, in summary these were:
- Compatibility with our chosen software platforms, primarily Citrix and VMware
- Providing end to end test capability for both compute and storage components
- Well defined metrics and baselines that our partners and our customers would immediately understand.
We partnered together to address one key aim - How can we best exploit these new technologies to deliver the best Virtual Desktop user experience possible?
Global Solution Centre
Testing technology is not new to Computacenter, we leveraged our multi-million pound facility at Hatfield which is part of our Global Solution Centre capability and worked with a number of key partners including HPE, VCE, Dell, Citrix, VMware (amongst others!) to deploy various kinds of technology infrastructures that we could test against. We then used Login VSI to perform systematic load testing on each platform, with the aim of ascertaining the scale and performance that each could offer.
Computacenter’s Global Solution Centre in Hatfield, UK offers the latest technology from key vendors
The process took place over a 4 month period. Some of the results were quite surprising. If you’d like to learn more about the process we went through you can take a look at our infographic here.
With great support from Login VSI we have now updated our Virtual Desktop proposition with what we know to be the best platforms within the marketplace, giving ourselves and our customers’ greater assurance of the performance and experience that users will receive when we deploy these technologies in the future.
If you would like to hear more about our virtual desktop proposition or our testing process, please do not hesitate to get in touch by sending an email to Paul.Bray@computacenter.com.
About the Author
Paul Bray is Computacenter’s Chief Technologist for Workplace and Mobile, a portfolio that encompasses end user technology, collaboration and mobility solutions. Paul works closely alongside key vendor partners, customers and the market to build awareness of Computacenter’s offerings and advise on technical strategy, roadmaps and propositions for Computacenter’s clients.