Before we begin, please note that this is the first of a three-part series on how your business can benefit from adopting ClearCube’s Centralized Desktop Infrastructure (CDI) solutions.
The Centralized Desktop Infrastructure range consists of three major solution components: zero clients, PCoIP Blade PCs and Sentral Management Software. In this post, we will look at how our zero client solutions provide end-to-end IT infrastructure management in virtualized environments. Before that, we will start with a summary of virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and how it harmonizes with CDI.
Virtualization Technology Overview and How It Works
Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is the process of hosting a desktop OS on a remote central server within the datacenter. Otherwise known as virtualization technology, VDI’s functionality depends on the hypervisor, a software program which allows IT to deploy and manage multiple virtual machines on computer hardware. Several OS environments can exist concurrently in one machine because the hypervisor promotes server consolidation by isolating a PC’s OS and applications from the physical hardware.
Essentially, VDI technology allows IT to organize the components of the desktop environment in the datacenter and deliver both OS and applications on demand. Administrators can simply add applications from the datacenter when necessary and the OS will always be in full compliance.
Furthermore, IT does not locally install the OS on a PC’s hard drive in a virtualized desktop deployment. Administrators deploy the OS on a remote server and users can conveniently access it through that desktop. This makes the desktop itself redundant as users have location-independent access to time and mission critical systems when required.
Enter Centralized Desktop Infrastructure (CDI)
Now that we are familiar with what VDI is and how it works, let’s look at how Centralized Desktop Infrastructure (CDI) complements a desktop virtualization strategy.
ClearCube Technology is the first OEM to design CDI solutions for broad business needs and use cases. In essence, the CDI range reduces clutter by simplifying systems maintenance and manageability in IT environments without compromising on performance.
As we established, the CDI solution components come in three major categories: zero clients, PCoIP Blade PCs and Sentral Management Software. To explain how these solutions can benefit your VDI project plan and why you should adopt them, we shall examine three separate scenarios. In this piece, we will specifically look at how zero clients address a common pain point.
Scenario: The Hassle of PCs
Imagine a workplace where there are distributed PCs that occupy too much space, generate noise and heat and are open to cyber threats. What’s more, they are stringent in terms of overall manageability.
Objective: you are expanding your operations and your IT team must outline the infrastructure plan of a new technical support center. This is unlikely in a PC environment as you need to achieve minimum cost and downtime while ensuring security, reliability and highly available virtual desktops.
The Solution: Zero Clients to the Rescue
Before we get to the root of the problem, it is important to understand how zero clients work in desktop virtualization.
Every VDI initiative begins with choosing the ideal endpoint device to display the desktop which resides within the datacenter. PCoIP zero clients contain chips that receive encrypted pixels from the host system and implement image decompression and decoding at the hardware level.
Instead of installing and configuring separate PCs for every user, your staff can connect to a virtual PC from a thin or zero client device anywhere and anytime. Generally, companies prefer zero clients as they offer the highest level of performance and endpoint security. Overall, these devices are easier to manage and maintain as compared to other VDI endpoint solutions.
Now, let’s revisit the situation in scenario one.
Clearly, you have outgrown your PC environment because it no longer serves your business needs. Your IT department proposes the idea of VDI and how the technology could support your infrastructure.
So, let’s assume you deploy a VDI zero client solution at the technical support center. This allows your organization to deliver reliable desktop services and achieve high availability, data security and superior IT resilience. Additionally, administrators can rapidly update security patches on all virtualized workstations and save time by setting the same configuration parameters across every workstation.
Key takeaway: a zero client environment locks down data, simplifies desktop maintenance, eases IT backend management and shapes an unparalleled user computing experience.
Incidentally, are you looking for powerful and reliable zero clients? If so, your search ends here. ClearCube offers the largest range of stateless, secure and VMware-ready zero client solutions in the desktop virtualization market. Our zero clients have non-writable storage, no memory, CPU, moving parts or OS to patch and manage. For these very reasons, they provide airtight security on high side networks where one cannot afford lackluster information security.
For example, the ClearCube CD9552 zero client device brokers a connection to PCoIP Blade PC components using VMware Horizon deployments. This is beneficial for dedicated 1:1 users as they can use hardware-accelerated PCoIP chips for implementing mission critical and GPU intensive applications.
This ends part one of our CDI trilogy. Please stay tuned for part two which will be all about our powerful PCoIP Blade PCs.