How to Simplify Digital Workspace Solution Virtualization & File Services

August 6, 2021 | min

Welcome to the third installment of the “Seven ways to simplify your digital workspace deployment” series.

A digital workspace requires an enterprise-class hypervisor and a highly performant system for hosting user data. No less important, however, they should be built in and so easy to use that they are practically invisible.

Before Nutanix, most customers licensed a separate hypervisor from a third-party vendor that required specialized training and complex upgrades. These hypervisor architectures relied on separate management software (which also had to be licensed) that had to be manually configured for high availability. These were so complex that many customers didn’t bother to implement it.

File services for user data required dedicated hardware like a NAS appliance or complex clustering configurations with virtual machines. Management of these file server systems is separate and unintuitive. Performance at scale is often inconsistent, resulting in intermittent performance issues that are difficult to troubleshoot.

All Nutanix systems include a built-in hypervisor (AHV) optimized for running virtual apps and desktops on Nutanix hyperconverged infrastructure clusters and public cloud. AHV management is so intuitive that most administrators don’t require formal training and feel comfortable within the first week of implementation.

The hypervisor management software is built into the Nutanix cluster, so it’s always highly available and doesn’t require installation. Nutanix’s automated data migration tool, Move, imports existing persistent desktops or base images from other hypervisors or public cloud. The tool seeds data in the background, installs required Nutanix drivers, and is easy to rollback if there are any issues.

Nutanix Files is a scale-out clustered file services solution that is managed from the same Prism admin interface. Files has built-in backup and user-restore capabilities and benefits from Nutanix’s excellent storage performance. It can even be run on the same hardware as the users’ virtual desktops for an all-in-one solution. Every Nutanix cluster includes a license for 1 TB of user data and additional capacity can be licensed as needed. Files also offers data analytics for even more insights into the user data. You can see for yourself how simple Files is to use by taking a free Test Drive!

Check out the whole series by reading the intro blog. Our next installment in the series describes “How to Simplify Digital Workspace Security.

Read the previous installment, How to Simplify the Citrix Virtual Application and Desktop Control Plane.

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