VDI systems create incredible storage challenges

Data Center Maintenance


Parker April 10, 2014

Storage infrastructure is presenting IT managers with all kinds of difficulties. One day it may be thinking tirelessly of how you are possibly going to support the big data efforts business leaders are trying to push and the next you may be left wondering what kind of hardware maintenance plan will let you safely continue to depend on that 10-year old machine that is still too important to let go.

With so many difficult decisions in the storage segment, there is one thing IT leaders don’t need – more difficult technologies to deal with. Well, you probably won’t get your wish anytime soon. Virtual desktop infrastructure is beginning to gain traction as the next big virtualization movement, and it is set to disrupt storage setups.

A recent report from IT-Director.com explored a number of roadblocks facing enterprise VDI efforts, and pointed to storage issues as one of the three most prominent barriers facing IT teams trying to support VDI architectures. If you feel this pain as well, learn about our data storage support services today!

Looking at reasons to implement VDI systems and the roadblocks to deployment

Turning to a VDI setup can help IT promote a much more flexible work environment in which more time is spent handling key data center functions and less effort expended dealing with operations supporting end-user hardware. The news source explained that both patching and licensing present significant barriers to VDI adoption. However, businesses are increasingly exploring VDI solutions to centralize their management strategies and get more control over the end-user experience. However, significant roadblocks are getting in between them and their efforts to ease their day-to-day burdens. Third party data center maintenance can help alleviate these technical roadblocks.

In theory, VDI setups can let IT teams move all of the application and storage systems in to a central system and eliminate the small data centers at every branch office and the software systems existing on end-user machines. This all sounds wonderful, but the resulting management and cost issues may be too great to enable such innovation at this point. Storage is one of the greatest problems when it comes to costs, the report noted.

Understanding storage problems in VDI setups

According to the report, cost barriers force many organizations to struggle with their storage setup when they try to implement VDI setups. The problem is that many existing and legacy storage models are not equipped to support the flexibility, scalability and throughput requirements in a VDI setup. There are more advanced contemporary storage frameworks that can help organizations meet VDI needs, but the cost of making a wholesale upgrade can be difficult, leaving IT leaders with a difficult decision.

Reducing hardware costs to free fiscal room for new investments

A good third-party hardware maintenance plan enables IT leaders to maximize value of legacy systems while still reducing their operational expenses. This can help IT managers use legacy storage for some workloads while also creating the fiscal flexibility needed to invest in the advanced systems necessary to support the VDI architectures. The end result is an opportunity to enable innovation without having to break the bank.

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Parker, Park Place Assistant