Welcome back to our Centralized Desktop Infrastructure (CDI) trilogy. Here is a quick recap of part one:
We discussed how zero clients are associated with VDI best practices and ultimately, a successful desktop virtualization implementation strategy. If you missed it, please click on this link to learn more about ClearCube’s Zero Client Solutions in the CDI suite.
Let’s move on to part two. We will focus on what a blade computer is, how it makes desktop systems redundant and finally, its role in simplifying and streamlining operations in virtualization.
What Is a Blade PC?
To begin with, Blade PCs are computers contained within thin and modular circuit cards that reside in datacenters or centralized locations like rack enclosures. Cables connect the cards to end users’ displays, mice and keyboards.
As we know, mechanisms such as hard disks, CPU and memory are present in a typical desktop PC. In a Blade PC environment, these components are divided across Blade PC solutions within a centralized and highly secure datacenter. Employees can access these resources anytime, anywhere and on any device and a true PC-like desktop experience is ensured throughout the entire process.
How is a Blade PC Useful?
Using removable media drives and USB storage devices for data theft or to bring a virus into the corporate network is very likely in a desktop PC environment. This is because desktop PCs are outdated and cause anxiety in terms of security. Considering that Blade PCs remain secure in the datacenter, administrators can prevent physical access to USB ports and disk drives.
Hence, the Blade PC solution facilitates a modern IT environment where businesses can implement everyday functions and projects with ease.
Why ClearCube PCoIP Blade PCs?
As established, PCs are difficult to manage and they do not offer the level of IT security that we have come to expect in this digital era. Also, a business that manages operations across multiple sites may incur large costs and experience IT pain in case of malfunctioning PCs. This is because the IT department needs to travel off site to resolve the problem in a remote office and this interrupts routine operations, leading to downtime.
ClearCube addresses all the issues associated with traditional desktop systems. With ClearCube Blade PCs, you receive a client-only custom built solution that has been developed based on an in-depth understanding of how using conventional desktop systems can be worrisome. Our Blade PCs greatly reduce the risk of hardware breakdown and even in the event of potential PC failure, recovery is almost immediate. All users need to do is simply log back on and connect to another Blade PC. This minimizes frustration, contributes to user satisfaction and maintains consistent productivity across the workplace.
How does ClearCube CDI fit into the picture?
For organizations new to desktop virtualization, the complexity involved in a successful VDI implementation is reason enough to believe that the technology is not worth adopting. Essentially, VDI systems consist of multiple layers which businesses must be able to make sense of for ensuring optimal performance and consistent UX.
As a result, receiving VDI training and certifications is important for businesses so that they can easily participate in virtualization initiatives. However, this could be daunting for those who wish to shorten and speed up the learning curve.
CDI technology allows you to enjoy the many benefits of virtualized environments without advanced layering, modifications, verifications, management and maintenance problems that can all be overwhelming. Deployment of Blade PCs in the CDI suite takes a matter of minutes and the experience is all too familiar as a Blade PC is essentially a PC.
Hence, the ease of Blade PC setup, manageability and maintenance eliminates the need for a dedicated IT department’s involvement. Furthermore, you do not need to invest in repeated or specialized trainings to familiarize your staff with Blade PC functionality. This is because ClearCube’s Blade PCs are designed on the basis of facilitating simpler and greater datacenter operational efficiencies. Let’s look at how this works.
Apart from occupying minimum floor space, our Blade PC range includes a fixed and centralized pool of resources which adapt to varying business conditions. For instance, staff can remain agile, connected and productive by accessing their Blade PCs and data whether they are commuting, working onshore or offshore. Centralizing PC resources through a Blade PC solution streamlines deployment and provisioning for different users and this minimizes desk-side support. Additionally, software updates for blade PCs are very few and far between.
In a nutshell, you can achieve significant cost-savings and leverage maximum value from using Blade PCs.
Power Through With PCoIP Blade PCs
ClearCube’s PCoIP Blade PCs are highly effective in workplaces where users perform time and mission critical and otherwise demanding tasks which necessitate the fastest desktop to datacenter connections.
In the following section, we will walk you through the capabilities of different blade PCs in our CDI range that best fit your needs.
Let’s begin with the R-Series Blade PCs. These are ideal workstations for highly secure environments with high performance and dedicated workstation support requirements. R Series Blade PCs suit use cases where IT assigns a dedicated machine for a specific performance-critical project or function such as financial and quantitative analysis.
A-Series Blade PCs work well for power users who frequently run 3D graphics programs and this range supports NVIDIA Quadro P400, P1000, P2000 and K4000 GPUs. These endpoints are capable of managing stringent conditions where high-end 3D graphics rendering draw significant computational power. For example, command and control rooms’ intelligence service professionals specializing in mission-critical situations can benefit from using A-Series Blade PCs.
M-Series high performance computing (HPC) workstations are the perfect match for CAD/CAE/CAM/GIS developers and engineers who require full graphics capabilities. These Blade PCs deliver high frame rates (HFR) per second to either dual 2560 x 1600 or four 1920 x 1200 displays with uncompromised performance over distance. The M-Series blade PCs complement environments where such specialists demand systems with immediate performance efficiencies and zero processing delays.
For achieving targeted results, please contact a ClearCube specialist so that our team could understand and develop a specialized use case with you.
Blade PCs > vGPU
Previously, in ‘Why NVIDIA GRID™ vGPU™ For Desktop Virtualization’, we discussed that vGPU is only effective for specific use cases. Owing to this, organizations should switch to PCoIP Blade PCs for performing the most intensive and challenging workloads where power users require a dedicated graphics card. ClearCube’s Blade PCs are perfect because these endpoints integrate PCoIP and GPU technology, making them the perfect candidate for workplaces with stringent performance requirements.
You have reached the end of part two. We hope that you now have a better understanding of the role of PCoIP blade PC technology in virtualization. Please contact us if you require any further information or assistance.
Our final post about Sentral Management Software in the CDI series is on its way. We hope to see you there!