In the midst of this era of rapid technological change, virtualization continues to transform the way enterprises offer desktops and applications to their users. The continued success of virtualization is due to the variety of benefits it brings, including improved consistency and efficiency, lower costs, and better security.
Another place where rapid change is taking place is networking, and in order to get the most out of your VDI setup, you first need to make sure that your network infrastructure is up-to-date, available, secure, and reliable. Together with IT research and advisory firm Nemertes Research, Citrix is investigating how organizations can optimize their VDI deployments with the right network infrastructure— providing guidance on how those organization can take advantage of recent changes and technical advancements in networking and WANs, with an emphasis on using SD-WAN (software-defined wide area networks.)
Turning VDI network challenges into competitive advantages
Although VDI brings with it a wealth of benefits for users in remote offices, maximizing those benefits requires maximizing the performance of the underlying network. Not only must you determine the proper hardware and configuration for your virtual servers, you also need to make sure that your network is capable of supporting a VDI setup because slow or lossy connections can kill users’ productivity.
In order to use VDI, employees’ computers must be continuously connected to the network, which means that your network infrastructure must be highly consistent and reliable. You also need to have a way to deal with issues such as unexpected spikes in traffic and delivering data from the cloud with low latency.
Unfortunately, many of the workarounds that companies have proposed to deal with these VDI challenges are just that—stop-gap measures that don’t provide a lasting solution. What’s more, these supposed solutions can introduce problems of their own: higher operational complexity and increased operational expenses as companies struggle to clear up server and storage bottlenecks.
Trends such as cloud computing are transforming the face of business IT, but they also pose difficulties for organizations who seek to integrate them into their VDI deployments. With the right network infrastructure, these challenges can be transformed into competitive advantages in order to provide the agility and scalability that modern businesses require.
Learn more about Future Network Requirements for VDI from Nemertes Research and Citrix
Together with IT research and advisory firm Nemertes Research, Citrix explored what organizations need in order to maximize the VDI user experience: in particular, how SD-WAN can support VDI by simplifying network management, increasing available bandwidth and efficiently routing traffic.
Interested in learning more about bringing the benefits of VDI to your organization and the importance on the network in that decision?
Download the Nemertes Research: Future Network Requirements for VDI kit, which includes an on-demand webinar and report, to learn about topics such as:
- How application delivery now extends beyond the data center to the enterprise edge
- How large-scale VDI deployments will require changes to your network
- How cloud computing and VDI can accomplish great things in combination