Since the outbreak of covid-19, many people have been exploring what new normal will happen after the outbreak.
IDC predicts that in the post epidemic era, there will be six permanent changes in the IT market, among which home office / telecommuting will become an essential norm in organizations. IDC further forecasts that in the next five years, virtual desktop applications will surge by 51.5%.
Continuously evolving desktop office
In fact, byod or telecommuting is nothing new, but in the past, people only did it occasionally under special circumstances. Now, because of the epidemic, working from home has become a common phenomenon. Some well-known Internet companies in the United States even announce that their employees work from home for a long time. Nowadays, home office / telecommuting is not the same in terms of scale or experience. Users have higher requirements for the performance, security, manageability and scalability of telecommuting.
Looking back on history, as early as the 1990s, diskless workstations emerged and became an important form of simplifying desktop delivery. The shared storage mode with unified server allocation at the back end became popular; By about 2002, desktop virtualization has come into the public’s view, multi task operating system and sharing resources in the same system are generally accepted; With the evolution of application and technology, by 2008, thin client began to be popular, virtualization technology gradually matured, and VDI solution was widely welcomed; In the next few years, whether VDI or cloud desktop, desktop applications are further subdivided, and various related products and solutions emerge in an endless stream, and the discussion on digital office space is becoming more and more heated; In 2020, a new type of cloud terminal is born, which can achieve centralized management and distributed operation more effectively, and has prominent advantages in compatibility, stability, flexibility and so on, showing a very broad application prospect.
Under the background of telecommuting and collaborative innovation becoming the “new normal”, where will the “future work” go? Who can provide solid and reliable support for “future work” in the background?
The mystery is gradually unfolding
All flash meets expectations
Today we don’t talk about the front end, but focus on the “push hand” behind VDI storage, that is, how to optimize the user experience of VDI with full flash technology.
The reason why VDI can rise rapidly is that it can provide customized and safe working environment for individuals. Whether it is data access or operation management, it is safe and easy. Especially in business scenarios that require large-scale collaboration, such as development testing or collaborative design, VDI pays equal attention to security and efficiency, and becomes a sharp tool for office.
However, if you want to give full play to the advantages of VDI, users should be careful of those hidden “pits”. For example, the well-known VDI startup storm, the operation delay problem is serious, with the increasing workload, the performance, scalability and cost of the whole system are not satisfactory, and the desktop system has security vulnerabilities. So, from the perspective of storage, how can VDI achieve higher performance, easier management, more security, and lower cost? There’s a knack for that.
Pure storage, dedicated to providing customers with a modern data experience, is an expert in VDI. In the key capability analysis report released by Gartner in 2019, the M and X series of pure storage ranked first in virtual desktop infrastructure. Pure storage is good at providing VDI with high elasticity, high reliability, perfect data protection and fast data recovery with full flash solution.
The most successful part of pure storage’s full flash solution is to improve the user experience of VDI, including shorter boot time, faster response speed, and higher security. The guarantee of all this comes from the four advantages of pure storage’s continuous accumulation and tempering: first, with the high-performance advantages of full flash, it ensures the uninterrupted operation of applications, So as to improve the user experience; Secondly, it provides industry-leading data reduction function, and the effective storage capacity can be increased by more than 10 times; Thirdly, we pursue simplicity in design, installation and deployment. Usually, the installation of a full flash device in pure storage can be completed in only one hour. At the same time, we also provide cloud based monitoring and management, so that users can supervise the physical and virtual environment through a single interface, which greatly improves the productivity of employees; Finally, it can achieve seamless expansion and high flexibility. Even the lowest model product can support 1000 VDI terminals, and the device can achieve non-stop expansion from low to high according to the user needs.
Slowly, the advantages of pure storage in all flash technology and solutions are transformed into business success, helping users from all walks of life to gain value from VDI. Taking Softbank of Japan as an example, it chose pure storage full flash storage to support its VDI solution, providing more flexible and high-quality services for at least 30000 employees and customers, while effectively improving system performance and operational efficiency, further establishing Softbank of Japan’s advantages in the industry competition. Softbank of Japan is deeply impressed by the data De duplication function of pure storage flash memory and the guarantee ability of non-stop operation.
In fact, not only Softbank of Japan, but also in banking, universities, hotel industry, online education and many other industries and fields, pure storage all flash memory provides stable and reliable support for VDI and even the key business of enterprises. It not only has higher shared storage performance, but also has excellent cost performance, even comparable to hybrid storage.
Through continuous technological innovation, including the adoption of the latest nvme technology and multidimensional data reduction technology, pure storage has always maintained a leading position in the full flash market, providing a smooth modern data experience for all kinds of enterprise applications, including VDI.
Pure storage sets “military rules”
To some extent, the rise of super convergence is closely related to the outbreak of VDI demand. At the beginning, VDI is the most typical application scenario of super fusion. Pure storage also has a flexible all flash converged infrastructure solution flashstack, which integrates the latest computing, storage, network and virtualization software into a unified and integrated architecture, making the application advantages of VDI incisively and vividly displayed.
But after all, pure storage is best at all flash. In the scene of VDI, in order to meet a series of strict requirements such as performance, availability and reliability, now all flash memory has become a standard configuration.
Predictable performance: VDI must have the ability to respond quickly, and the user’s tolerance of delay is getting lower and lower. A large number of practices have proved that with the increase of workload, traditional storage can no longer support the storage requirements of business peak in terms of data access speed. The outstanding advantage of pure storage all flash array is that it is fast and stable. It has always stable sub millisecond response speed, and it will not be discounted even in the peak period of business. At the same time, with the toughness and reliability of always on-line, it provides users with a reassuring application experience.
Controllable cost: an important prerequisite for VDI to reduce the cost of equipment and management is to have efficient storage. If the storage efficiency is low or cannot be expanded effectively, the cost advantage of VDI will disappear. One of the “unique skills” of pure storage full flash array is the efficient data De duplication and compression function, which can easily achieve double data reduction rate and store more data in limited space. In addition, the breakthrough evergreen storage business model of pure storage all flash array can greatly reduce the long-term cost and add to the cake.
Extremely simple: simple architecture, simple application and simple management. One of the core tenets of VDI deployment is not to increase the management load of it. In this regard, the pure storage all flash array sets an example, its management requirements are very simple, and the interface is intuitive, which can reduce the workload of processing storage tasks. At the same time, both software upgrade and system expansion can be completed without interrupting the operation of the system.
Highly scalable: in the face of more uncertainty, the pace of enterprise business innovation is accelerating. VDI should also adapt to this change and be able to expand rapidly on demand. Pure storage can easily realize the large-scale expansion of VDI without affecting the normal operation of business.
Data security and protection: as we all know, availability is the key to storage, once the downtime means that the business will not be able to proceed normally. The security of VDI should be viewed from two aspects: in the application layer, it should comply with the general security norms, abide by the security audit rules, and resist viruses and hacker attacks; In the storage layer, the advanced distributed key management provided by pure storage can implement AES-256 bit encryption for static data, prevent the vulnerability of drive or drive group, and ensure that the storage system is always online.
The “new normal” of telecommuting accelerates the innovation of technology, application mode and even corporate culture, but the pillar of background storage must always ensure its safety and reliability. With the innovation of technology, as well as the stability, reliability and high performance of the product itself, pure storage all flash keeps the bottom line.
VDI is just the beginning
In May 2020, ESG, a global professional market consulting agency, released a report that 40% of the global enterprise users are using VDI, and a large number of users plan to deploy VDI. On the way to “future work”, VDI will become the most basic and universal architecture.
The technical level and ability shown in the pure storage full flash VDI scene is just a glimpse. Now, we have entered the era of all flash memory. As the leader of all flash memory market, pure storage will continue to provide reliable storage support for a series of key businesses of enterprises.