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End-User Computing

Cost-Effective and High Performance Virtual Desktops with Pivot3 Hyperconverged Infrastructure


Virtual desktops are increasingly transforming how today’s end user accesses their applications and work environments, and how IT organizations secure and manage these assets. Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) abstracts disparate and distributed end user environments – operating system, applications and data – from endpoint devices and consolidates them in a centralized, virtualized datacenter. This centralization allows end users to access their work environments via a variety of devices from any location, while enabling IT to efficiently secure and manage these critical corporate assets.

Despite the many benefits of VDI, its adoption by enterprises has been inhibited
by the costs and complexity associated with traditional three-tier server-to-SAN implementations. VDI project success depends on achieving positive ROI, delivering a consistently seamless user experience, and ensuring predictable and simple scalability to accommodate future growth. Traditional infrastructure approaches can become too costly to deploy and too complex to manage. Often, they are unsuitable to serve the high and random IO nature commonly found in VDI, compromising user experience. Additionally, infrastructure sizing and scaling is often a complex, cumbersome and disruptive exercise. A close attention to underlying infrastructure is paramount to ensure VDI success. Traditional infrastructure paradigms are unable to address the resource- intensive requirements of VDI workloads effectively.

Simple Scalable VDI with Pivot3 HCI

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Intelligent Infrastructure for Better VDI

Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) can directly address the issues of scalability, cost and performance by collapsing the traditionally siloed tiers of infrastructure to modular building blocks based on industry-standard hardware. By combining compute, storage, networking and virtualization, HCI eliminates infrastructure complexities and simplifies infrastructure management. Pivot3’s HCI solutions optimize virtual desktop deployments by providing an intelligent, policy-based platform that minimizes infrastructure footprint, reduces TCO and simplifies management while delivering a superior user experience and simplifying the transition from pilot to full-scale.

Cost-Effective VDI with Lower Footprint and Higher Density

Cost is often one of the reasons VDI deployments fail to take off. Pivot3 delivers cost- effective VDI by delivering up to 3X the desktop density per node. Pivot3 policy-based Quality of Service (QoS), coupled with NVMe flash-optimized architecture delivers significantly higher desktop density per node by eliminating resource bottleneck. Additionally, Pivot3’s patented erasure coding enables up to 82% usable capacity while ensuring market leading resilience and availability. These capabilities, combined with many other performance-enhancing features, significantly increase VM density while providing a consistently superior end-user experience.

Breakthrough End-User Experience

A superior end-user VDI experience is closely tied to the storage IO performance of the underlying infrastructure. Many VDI implementations slow or come to a screeching
halt during periods of high IO activities, such as boot or login events. Pivot3’s unique distributed scale-out architecture delivers outstanding IO performance at lower latencies by ensuring all drives in a cluster participate in all IO activities simultaneously. Its NVMe flash-optimized data path that is managed by its QoS ensures high IO performance and ultra-low response times for critical user pools and datasets without administrative complexity. Lastly, performance-enhancing features like global read/write cache and hypervisor pass-through further help improve response times.

Simple, Predictable Scale from 100s to 1000s of Desktops

Pivot3’s distributed scale-out architecture ensures linear, predictable scalability, not only for capacity, but also for storage IO and available bandwidth. As you add more nodes to an existing Pivot3 cluster, the data is automatically and non-disruptively re-balanced on the expanded storage pool. By adding more nodes, effective IO capacity is automatically added because all volumes and data sets are distributed across all available drives and nodes. This ensures predictable and simple scalability of infrastructure as the VDI scales to accommodate more users. Multiple Pivot3 clusters can be managed together as PODs from a single interface, ensuring simple management at scale.

Flexible Deployments with Multiple Options and Rich Ecosystem

Pivot3 solutions for virtual desktops are available in flexible deployment options that include all-flash and hybrid configurations, in 1U or 2U configurations, with HCI data- orcompute-optimized expansions. This flexibility helps your organization design the architecture that best meets your VDI deployment needs and scale on your terms. Pivot3 offers easy public cloud connectivity, native replication and Data-at-Rest encryption to simplify data protection and security. Pivot3 also integrates seamlessly with your existing infrastructure to extend your investments, Pivot3 solutions are validated with leading VDI software platforms that include VMware Horizon View and Citrix Virtual Desktops and Apps, as well as leading VDI technology partners such as NVIDIA, Teradici, Liquidware, Login VSI, and Imprivata. Pivot3 rigorously tests its solutions with key VDI platforms using industry-standard tools to simplify infrastructure deployment, sizing and scaling.

Transform Your End-User Computing with Pivot3 HCI

VDI has become a key enabling technology for improving workforce productivity, enhancing security and simplifying IT management. Pivot3 key advantages like distributed scale-out architecture, NVMe flash-optimized architecture, advanced policy-based QoS, and patented erasure coding deliver better densities and exceptional user experience, allowing you to build a cost-effective VDI solution that is simple to manage and scale.

Why Pivot3 for End-User Computing

Pivot3 HCI optimizes VDI deployments through a comprehensive, cost-effective approach that simplifies management, lowers footprint and provides flexible, predictable scalability

Key Advantages

  • NVMe flash-optimized, multi- tier distributed architecture removes resource bottleneck, improves desktop density, and delivers ultra-fast user experience.
  • Policy-based Quality of Service and integrated management eliminates VDI complexity.
  • Distributed architecture and broad choice of form factors provides simple scalability, flexible deployment and increased cost-efficiencies.

Business Benefits

  • Deploy up to 50% less infrastructure to support your VDI for better TCO.
  • Simplify user pool management and ensure guaranteed user experience without operational overhead.
  • Scale your VDI predictably, cost- effectively and effortlessly.