VMware, HP, Atlantis Pitch VDI At VMworld Europe 2013
VMware (VMW), Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) and Atlantis Computing are talking up desktop virtualization (aka VDI, virtual desktop infrastructure) this week at at VMworld Europe 2013. The big pitch: It's time for VMware's VARs to deliver a great end-user experience while re-gaining control of mobility, BYOD and security. But how many VMware partners are listening to the rally cry? Hmmm…
The central components, according to a VMware blog, include VMware AlwaysOn Desktop with VMware Horizon View, HP Converged Infrastructure with HP 3PAR StoreServ and HP BladeSystem, and Atlantis ILIO software.
In a blog post, the trio claims that the solution:
- Mitigates risk – since each component in the overall solution is backed by a well-known provider.
- Enhances the end user experience – By delivering cost-effective, PC-like performance for all employee desktops
- Reduces capital outlay – By optimizing storage performance and capacity to deliver virtual desktops that cost less than PCs
- Lowers operating costs – By reducing the storage footprint in the data center and automating desktop virtualization deployment
Atlantis claims a global bank with 15,000 users now leverages this type of VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure) deployment. The solution will extend to 100,000 users in the next 12 months.
Are VMware's partners jumping aboard this type of solution? Hmmm… Channel Chief Dave O'Callaghan certainly is making end-user computing (EUC) part of his core message at VMworld Europe 2013. Atlantis certainly is a true believer.
The VAR Guy suspects more VARs will embrace VMware's EUC messaging as the Windows XP End of Life deadline approaches (April 8, 2014). Thousands of customers need migration paths from Windows XP to next-generation user experiences. VDI is certainly one hot path forward.