VDI allows for full hardware independence, simplicity and security, and the ability to centralize management and simplify endpoint deployments. Deploying a desktop virtualization infrastructure requires a SAN (storage area network) to host the virtual disks, a virtualization platform with the necessary extensions to handle remotization protocols, and several additional services like snapshot management, backups, disaster recovery and user/desktop management.
Enter hyperconvergence: the solution for making VDI shine
Hyperconvergence can be considered a catch-all word for an infrastructure where virtual resources are managed in a totally software-defined way; where each server contributes its storage, network and CPU capabilities to create a larger pool from which virtual resources (like the virtual desktops) are created. This means that it is much easier to handle varying workloads; if more desktops are needed, the user just needs to add a new server, and the resources will be transparently extended to take care of the increased demand. If some users need more capabilities, those can be dynamically carved out of the global pool and can be returned back when not in use.
NodeWeaver is an example of such a platform - a totally self-managing edge fabric, that aggregates all the hardware capabilities of the available physical nodes to execute VMs and container workloads. Among those VMs: desktops; be they one-to-one mapped to users (for example, virtual desktops created from a physical PC) or managed by a VDI platform to assign specific applications to group of users or to enforce security properties.
Hyperconvergence removes most of the complexity associated with traditional virtualization platforms, and its scalability means that the user can start with a small deployment and grow it in an easy and cost-effective way - expand only when needed, without the need for large up-front costs.
NodeWeaver is an hyperconverged platform based on the OpenNebula orchestrator (one of the earliest and most widely used open source cloud platforms) and the LizardFS distributed file system; a combination that provides unparalleled scalability and extremely efficient operation. Thanks to our compatibility with OpenNebula, we had the possibility to integrate UDS Enterprise directly, and take advantage of its exceptional simplicity and effectiveness.
UDS Enterprise it is a top performance connection broker to deploy and administer Windows and Linux virtual desktops and applications. It automatically manages its full life cycle in a safe, quick and simple way and allows to enable multiple hypervisors, authenticators and connection protocols to run simultaneously. In addition, as it is based on Open Source, the platform is 100% customizable.
NodeWeaver users can deploy UDS Enterprise with a single click from our marketplace, and start to use its desktop and application management and remote access capabilities within minutes, instead of days of complex configurations it takes with other VDI solutions.
To make it easy for SMEs to understand its advantages, VirtualCable offers to all NodeWeaver users 10 free UDS Enterprise nominal licenses; and NodeWeaver itself is available with a 30-days free license with no registration requirements directly from the NodeWeaver website.
Together, UDS Enterprise and NodeWeaver make up a strong, secure, efficient and high-performance VDI & vApp infrastructure with distributed storage. As it is shown in this video, the merging of these solutions helps customers seizing the benefits of hyperconvergence for desktop virtualization projects.
By Carlo Daffara, CTO and co-founder at NodeWeaver