Avanade Increases Developer Productivity with Citrix XenDesktop and Hyper-V

  • Reduced provisioning time of developer computers from 2 – 3 weeks to less than one hour.
  • Increased flexibility of developer resources.
  • Faster customer solution development
  • Reduced long-term costs.

A joint venture between Accenture and Microsoft, Avanade offers enterprise resource consulting and planning through IT Application Development. As described in the case study, their Global Technology and Solutions division had been using legacy workstation technology to enable their developers in India and the Philippines. To get ready for a new project, these machines needed 2-3 weeks to be updated. This slowed down project completion time, reduced developer productivity, and added significant administration costs.

After a thorough review involving multiple tools and platforms, Avanade decided on a virtual desktop solution to improve flexibility and increase efficiency. Citrix XenDesktop 4 was chosen as the best virtual desktop solution for meeting network bandwidth and management flexibility requirements. A key consideration was the fact that XenDesktop is Microsoft’s “preferred solution for enterprise-class desktop virtualization”.

As a result of deploying XenDesktop, Windows 7 desktops were delivered on Hyper-V to Avanade developers in India, thousands of miles from the datacenter. Due to HDX technology, the developers’ user experience was identical to having the desktops running on local machines. Leveraging XenDesktop single image management, many developer machines now run on a single OS image, providing limitless scalability, minimal storage costs, and simplified maintenance (such as patching and upgrading) as they deploy to potentially thousands of developers. Now, Avenade can provision developer computers on demand in less than an hour as compared to 2-3 weeks before. And developers are more flexible, able to easily switch amongst multiple development environments by simply logging into a different virtual desktop. This means customers get their solution sooner, providing a competitive advantage to Avanade. Furthermore, customer data is secured in the datacenter rather than spread out amongst potentially thousands of remote desktops. Finally, administrative costs are significantly less, further reducing overall cost to build customer solutions.

Though the remote developer was one of the first XenDesktop use cases early on, scenarios like this one at Avanade continue to be a no-brainer for virtual desktops which can provide a more flexible developer environment at a lower cost and locked-down data security.

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