Transforming the Desktop
This video whiteboard highlights virtual desktop innovations from Cisco and VMware. (3:48 min)
Why Choose Cisco and VMware
Desktop Virtualization with VMware Horizon View and Cisco Unified Data Center delivers scalable solutions that simplify management, optimize user experiences, and offer superior price-to-performance ratios for customers of all sizes.
These VDI solutions are fully integrated with VMware vCenter. They offer:
- The industry's fastest-growing blade server solution and the most widely adopted virtualization platforms
- A superior price-to-performance ratio that helps organizations grow deployments to match business demands
- A simplified provisioning and operations model that can spin up virtual desktops in minutes instead of hours or days
- Uncompromised user experiences across user devices and locations, delivered across a QoS-enabled data center and network
- An accelerated path to ROI with competitively priced infrastructure and software that reduces VDI deployment risks and initial capital outlay
Desktop IT managers can now benefit from the combined strengths of the Cisco Unified Communications System (Cisco UCS) and VMware Horizon (with View). You can deploy and easily scale virtual desktops, free of the guesswork traditionally associated with sizing, installing, and expanding virtual infrastructure.
We have developed Cisco Validated Designs for many VMware Horizon configurations, investing an average of 2000 hours on each. These design guides will help you in deploying your desktop virtualization solution. You’ll learn, for example, how to engineer the back-end storage and the server infrastructure and how to provision and manage the environment overall.
Customers of all sizes who want to implement desktop virtualization can confidently deploy a "Day 1" infrastructure that provides an optimized balance of memory, I/O capacity, and CPU processing power. The result is a price-to performance ratio that delivers significantly lower incremental costs as virtual desktop seats are added.
Built with VMware Horizon (with View) and Cisco UCS, which offers a stateless provisioning and operations model, the virtual desktop solution is fully integrated with VMware vCenter. It takes full advantage of Cisco UCS Manager and View Manager with linked clones to help organizations deploy new virtual desktops to users in minutes.
Use our Desktop Virtualization Design Navigator to help you find the design guide or reference architecture that best suits your needs.
Recent Cisco Validated Designs and Reference Architectures for Desktop Virtualization with VMware Horizon (with View)
- Cisco Validated Design - February 2014 - Cisco Solutions for EMC VSPEX End User Computing: VMware Horizon View 5.3
- Reference Architecture - April 2014 - Deploy 200 VMware Horizon View 5.3 Pooled Desktops on Cisco UCS C240-M3 Rack Server with LSI Nytro MegaRAID and Onboard SAS Drives
Additional Cisco Networking Design Guidance for VMware View
- Cisco Solutions for VMware View Environment Design Guide
- Cisco Application Networking Services for VMware Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Deployment Guide
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