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The Synergy: EMC XtremIO
for Citrix VDI Deployments

Chhandomay Mandal

Chhandomay Mandal

Solutions Marketing Director for EMC All-Flash Storage
Chhandomay Mandal, a 20+ year storage industry veteran, is the Director of Solution Marketing for EMC All-Flash Storage. He is currently responsible for the integrated leadership of all EMC All-Flash End User Computing (EUC) solutions enablement, partnering, and business development. Prior to EMC, Chhandomay led Dell’s storage solutions marketing efforts for desktop virtualization, server virtualization and private cloud. He spent 11 years at Sun Microsystems holding different leadership positions across marketing and engineering organizations. Chhandomay has been awarded 13 patents by US Patent and Trademark Office. He has a PhD in Computer Science from University of Florida, MBA from Kelley Business School of Indiana University, and BTech from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.

This blog was written by Chhandomay Mandal, Solutions Marketing Director for EMC All-Flash Storage

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Citrix Synergy 2016 kicks off here at Las Vegas today. EMC and Citrix have been working together for a while now, and I am happy to announce that a portfolio of EMC products have been verified as part of the Citrix Ready® VDI Capacity Program for Storage Partners.

Citrix Ready VDI Capacity program is designed to help guide customers regarding their VDI storage needs. The program enables Citrix storage partners to test their solutions against a turnkey “VDI Capacity” test environment that contains the necessary compute resources needed to generate a reference deployment for a pre-specified number of desktops (e.g. 1,500- or 3,000-desktop environments), thus demonstrating the appropriate storage performance and capacity with a cost-efficient design.

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XtremIO Top 10: Why customers choose us for VDI?

Chhandomay Mandal

Chhandomay Mandal

Solutions Marketing Director for EMC All-Flash Storage
Chhandomay Mandal, a 20+ year storage industry veteran, is the Director of Solution Marketing for EMC All-Flash Storage. He is currently responsible for the integrated leadership of all EMC All-Flash End User Computing (EUC) solutions enablement, partnering, and business development. Prior to EMC, Chhandomay led Dell’s storage solutions marketing efforts for desktop virtualization, server virtualization and private cloud. He spent 11 years at Sun Microsystems holding different leadership positions across marketing and engineering organizations. Chhandomay has been awarded 13 patents by US Patent and Trademark Office. He has a PhD in Computer Science from University of Florida, MBA from Kelley Business School of Indiana University, and BTech from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.

This blog was written by Chhandomay Mandal, Solutions Marketing Director for XtremIO

XtremIO transforms the way you deliver VDI. Whether you are rolling out 100 or 100,000 desktops, whether your users are call-center employees or sophisticated CAD designers, whether you are an 8 to 6 organization or you follow the sun with 24×7 operations, XtremIO delivers an incredibly cost effective, agile VDI storage platform with an amazingly consistent user experience.

Here are the top 10 reasons why our customers deploy virtual desktops on XtremIO:

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Virtualizing Graphics Desktops: Customer Perspectives

Chhandomay Mandal

Chhandomay Mandal

Solutions Marketing Director for EMC All-Flash Storage
Chhandomay Mandal, a 20+ year storage industry veteran, is the Director of Solution Marketing for EMC All-Flash Storage. He is currently responsible for the integrated leadership of all EMC All-Flash End User Computing (EUC) solutions enablement, partnering, and business development. Prior to EMC, Chhandomay led Dell’s storage solutions marketing efforts for desktop virtualization, server virtualization and private cloud. He spent 11 years at Sun Microsystems holding different leadership positions across marketing and engineering organizations. Chhandomay has been awarded 13 patents by US Patent and Trademark Office. He has a PhD in Computer Science from University of Florida, MBA from Kelley Business School of Indiana University, and BTech from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.

This blog was written by Chhandomay Mandal, Solutions Marketing Director for XtremIO

Last week Josh blogged about XtremIO reaching zero to $1 billion revenue in record six quarters. He also talked about us providing lots more detail about how organizations of all sizes are using XtremIO to achieve data center agility in ways never thought possible before in the coming days. Here is the first installment.

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The Next Frontier in End-User Computing: Virtualizing Graphics Desktops

Chhandomay Mandal

Chhandomay Mandal

Solutions Marketing Director for EMC All-Flash Storage
Chhandomay Mandal, a 20+ year storage industry veteran, is the Director of Solution Marketing for EMC All-Flash Storage. He is currently responsible for the integrated leadership of all EMC All-Flash End User Computing (EUC) solutions enablement, partnering, and business development. Prior to EMC, Chhandomay led Dell’s storage solutions marketing efforts for desktop virtualization, server virtualization and private cloud. He spent 11 years at Sun Microsystems holding different leadership positions across marketing and engineering organizations. Chhandomay has been awarded 13 patents by US Patent and Trademark Office. He has a PhD in Computer Science from University of Florida, MBA from Kelley Business School of Indiana University, and BTech from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.

This blog was written by Chhandomay Mandal, Solutions Marketing Director for XtremIO

Virtual desktops for task and knowledge workers are commonplace today. As we think beyond these use cases with next generation VDI desktops, the next frontier to conquer is the virtualized graphics desktops.

So far virtual desktops are delivering limited graphics experiences for demanding 3D applications. Yet, there are many business drivers for this to change. Couple of minutes of high definition video recording can generate gigabytes of data. From digital media entertainment applications like YouTube to collaboration applications with video messaging capabilities like Skype, from multi-billion dollar gaming industry to workstations-caliber applications in CAD, from radiologists looking at medical imaging to security analysts visualizing high resolution satellite data, the need for graphics-rich computing is pervasive today.

Every PC, tablet, smartphone, or laptop has Graphics Processing Unit (or GPU) for graphics acceleration. So why shouldn’t we have GPUs for virtual desktops?

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Better Together: Citrix and XtremIO for Desktop Virtualization

Chhandomay Mandal

Chhandomay Mandal

Solutions Marketing Director for EMC All-Flash Storage
Chhandomay Mandal, a 20+ year storage industry veteran, is the Director of Solution Marketing for EMC All-Flash Storage. He is currently responsible for the integrated leadership of all EMC All-Flash End User Computing (EUC) solutions enablement, partnering, and business development. Prior to EMC, Chhandomay led Dell’s storage solutions marketing efforts for desktop virtualization, server virtualization and private cloud. He spent 11 years at Sun Microsystems holding different leadership positions across marketing and engineering organizations. Chhandomay has been awarded 13 patents by US Patent and Trademark Office. He has a PhD in Computer Science from University of Florida, MBA from Kelley Business School of Indiana University, and BTech from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.

This blog was written by Chhandomay Mandal, Solutions Marketing Director for XtremIO

How many devices do you use for work today? And how many of those are your own personal gadgets? I am sure you will not be surprised to know that 43% of us use at least three, and a significant portion of these are “Bring Your Own Device” or “BYOD,” even if that’s not the official policy.

It is not about the devices though. It is about being empowered to choose when, where and how work gets done, having a new level of freedom, flexibility and choice. The days of the 9-5 job are long gone. As the reality of the new “24 hour work day” takes hold, IT must support this mobile work style to make us work better, be more productive, collaborative and creative.

Desktop virtualization – also known as VDI – is the technology that separates the desktop environment and associated application software from the physical client device that is used to access it. VDI gives IT the opportunity to centralize, virtualize and deliver apps, desktops and data with greater control, security, and efficiency, and ultimately lower costs.

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XtremIO – The TCO Story

Chhandomay Mandal

Chhandomay Mandal

Solutions Marketing Director for EMC All-Flash Storage
Chhandomay Mandal, a 20+ year storage industry veteran, is the Director of Solution Marketing for EMC All-Flash Storage. He is currently responsible for the integrated leadership of all EMC All-Flash End User Computing (EUC) solutions enablement, partnering, and business development. Prior to EMC, Chhandomay led Dell’s storage solutions marketing efforts for desktop virtualization, server virtualization and private cloud. He spent 11 years at Sun Microsystems holding different leadership positions across marketing and engineering organizations. Chhandomay has been awarded 13 patents by US Patent and Trademark Office. He has a PhD in Computer Science from University of Florida, MBA from Kelley Business School of Indiana University, and BTech from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.

This blog was written by Chhandomay Mandal,
Solutions Marketing Director for XtremIO

The growth story has been phenomenal for XtremIO. Earlier in the year, Josh mentioned about how XtremIO achieved $1B revenue run rate within one year of the first product shipment. We have more than 1,700 unique customers with over 50% of Fortune 100 companies running XtremIO in production today. In May 2015, Gartner published the All-Flash Array market shares and we came in first with 31.1%. More importantly, we gained 19 points of market share in one year and the second best vendor is over 11 share points behind us!

Oftentimes I get asked the reasons behind XtremIO’s wild success. There are many, but today I am going to focus on one that is dear to the CIO’s heart: Total Cost of Ownership or TCO.

XtremIO’s clean sheet design with innovative use of Flash technologies, advanced data services, unique copy data management coupled with automated self-service workflows for application administrators enable organizations to not only improve their infrastructure and application agility but also transform their businesses.

XtremIO’s performance, efficiency, and automation capabilities coupled with highly differentiated copy data management techniques allow for the consolidation of diverse tier-1 workloads and non-production copies, reducing infrastructure sprawl and management complexity. XtremIO can consolidate cloud, database, VDI, software development, mail server, and enterprise business applications that once required multiple, dedicated storage systems, lowering costs and providing both operational and business process advantages.

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Delivering the Promise of the Cloud: Desktop as a Service

Chhandomay Mandal

Chhandomay Mandal

Solutions Marketing Director for EMC All-Flash Storage
Chhandomay Mandal, a 20+ year storage industry veteran, is the Director of Solution Marketing for EMC All-Flash Storage. He is currently responsible for the integrated leadership of all EMC All-Flash End User Computing (EUC) solutions enablement, partnering, and business development. Prior to EMC, Chhandomay led Dell’s storage solutions marketing efforts for desktop virtualization, server virtualization and private cloud. He spent 11 years at Sun Microsystems holding different leadership positions across marketing and engineering organizations. Chhandomay has been awarded 13 patents by US Patent and Trademark Office. He has a PhD in Computer Science from University of Florida, MBA from Kelley Business School of Indiana University, and BTech from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.

By Anthony Foster, EMC Global Solutions, and Chhandomay Mandal, XtremIO Solutions Marketing

Today at VMware Partner Exchange 2015, (PEX), EMC and VMware together said that they plan to offer a Desktop as a Service (DaaS) Reference Architecture (RA) that will be available soon. The “EMC Desktop as a Service with EMC XtremIO All-Flash Array for VMware Horizon DaaS” RA shows the transformational DaaS  solution from the combination of VMware Horizon DaaS Platform and EMC XtremIO All-Flash Array to deliver rapid deployment of DaaS environments while realizing increased operational efficiencies.

This RA demonstrates the ongoing commitment of both EMC and VMware to deliver the most flexible and agile solutions for cloud-based desktops.  It enables service providers (SPs) and organizations both large and small to take advantage of top of the line cloud-based desktops tailored to their needs and their budgets.

The RA helps SPs gain time to market efficiency with unmatched scalability and performance for new product and service levels that expand the DaaS market to even the most demanding enterprise knowledge worker desktops. For DaaS consumer organizations, they can respond with new agility to their changing end user computing demands. Perhaps most importantly, for end users, they can now connect to their desktops from any browser on any of their devices, and be productive from anywhere with unmatched user experience.

DaaS Platform: VMware Horizon DaaS

VMware Horizon DaaS simplifies desktops and applications delivery by removing the complexity of deploying and managing desktop virtualization infrastructure. It is possible to deliver cloud-hosted virtual desktops and RDS-hosted shared desktops and applications to end users with just a few clicks!

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By moving to cloud-hosted virtual desktops, costs become more predictable by reducing upfront expenditures. This allows organizations to move from a CapEx to OpEx model for desktops, making a clear impact on the bottom line.

VMware Horizon DaaS provides integrated security and control. IT can manage virtual desktop and hosted application security just like they manage their existing infrastructure today, with the same credentials and permissions. With built-in security capabilities like secure point-to-point network connectivity, and dedicated compute and network isolation, IT can have the confidence that their corporate data and applications are secure.

DaaS Infrastructure: XtremIO for Desktops, VNX/Isilon for User Data

The #1 XtremIO All-Flash array, with its scale-out architecture and always-on inline deduplication, compression and copy services, is the core building block of the EMC DaaS solution. The scale-out architecture reduces planning complexity – the DaaS providers can start small and grow non-disruptively as the demand increases. It delivers high performance with consistently low response time, delivering uncompromising user experience – at scale, all the time, and for all user types.

EMC DaaS with XtremIO solution is not only powerful but also simple to use from the ground up.  XtremIO delivers radically simple administrative experience – intuitive, easy-to-use interface and zero tuning enables smooth roll-outs as well as live upgrades, patches, and rollback for desktops.

XtremIO’s exceptional performance, capacity savings from unique data reduction capabilities and ease of use lead to low $/desktop and breakthrough total cost of ownership in the DaaS environments.

The RA design supports the XtremIO Starter X-Brick up to a six X-Brick cluster (each active-active dual controller X-Brick is the building block of XtremIO storage.) The Starter X-Brick can support up to 1,250 full-clone virtual desktops which can be upgraded with zero downtime to a full X-Brick supporting up to 2,500 full-clone virtual desktops. Additional X-Bricks can be added to scale out performance and capacity linearly as demand increases while still meeting SLAs.

For user data, either EMC VNX or Isilon storage is used providing the end users with a reliable location for all of their files, whether in the datacenter or in the cloud.

Tenants groups using DaaS can each have their own access zone on EMC Isilon storage without the cost and complexity of setting up virtual file servers. This allows users to access data more efficiently making them more productive and providing a better user experience. This also allows cloud providers a faster, more efficient way to deliver file storage for DaaS for tenants, which in turn helps keep storage and administrative costs low.

Many paths to DaaS

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There are several ways organizations can leverage this reference architecture. Desktops can be consumed from a service provider’s cloud, a hybrid cloud, on premises cloud managed, or an on premise solution. The first three of these solutions are managed by service providers and the last one is managed by the organization.

In a cloud solution, the service provider manages 100% of the infrastructure, allowing organizations to create DR solutions for the desktops in the cloud while still having all the benefits of EMC storage with no hardware or other upfront CapEx costs.

With a hybrid cloud model the infrastructure can exist both on premise and in the cloud. Organizations can leverage the operational advantages of both. This also enables elastic growth that is ideal for seasonal businesses. This provides all of the advantages of EMC XtremIO in the cloud and datacenter.

Using an on premise cloud managed solution alleviates the management constraints and is ideal for remote sites, lights-out locations, and for mergers and acquisitions (M&A). This can make it ideal for organizations looking to take on the role of an internal service provider.

On premise solutions offer the power of the cloud without the need for a service provider. This gives organizations maximum flexibility in their DaaS design while leveraging the advanced features of EMC XtremIO.

Journey to DaaS: The Service Provider Perspective

EMC continues to work with service providers helping them deliver comprehensive DaaS offerings that can provide a full range of services for their existing and new enterprise customers. As an example, ScanPlus, a managed service provider in Germany, collaborated with Deutsche Telekom to launch an innovative VDI offering, “Büro-To-Go” (Telekom Managed Workplace), leveraging the company’s own business cloud services, VMware Horizon Suite and EMC XtremIO.

They needed a competitive DaaS solution that can be deployed quickly and effectively. ScanPlus had to deliver a no-compromise, highly responsive, fully-customizable cloud desktop solution while achieving a lower cost per user than traditional managed desktops.

XtremIO played a pivotal role in ScanPlus’ success with its unmatched scalability, performance, and cost-effective data reduction. In the words of CEO Jürgen Hörmann:  “[XtremIO] is very compact in the data center, very energy saving, and the user experience with essentially a zero latency system is unbeatable both in the server and desktop environment. In addition, because of inline deduplication and compression we can achieve a financially viable storage price, and that is fantastic. It is a high-performance environment that delivers a very competitive price per gigabyte. What’s more, I can scale horizontally, so I can expand the system in the current operation without any performance problems.”

What’s Next?

In addition to the RA, EMC is developing sizing tools for costing and pricing of different DaaS configurations. These tools will enable SPs and organizations considering DaaS to deliver sensibly priced desktops that are responsive and efficient.

The “EMC Desktop as a Service with EMC XtremIO All-Flash Array for VMware Horizon DaaS” reference architecture, sizing guidelines, and other DaaS offering tools will be available soon. To learn more about VMware Horizon DaaS, visit www.vmware.com/products/daas-vspp. To discover more about XtremIO, visit www.XtremIO.com. For an additional post about this RA, visit http://blogs.vmware.com/euc/2015/02/emc-reference-architecture-for-daas.html.

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