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Wipro VirtuaDesk Appliance: Powered by Nutanix to Simplify and Accelerate VDI Deployment, Enhance User Experience

By Nikola Bozinovic & Seshu Kumar

Users in today’s modern workplace expect to access their apps and data across multiple devices. Virtual desktops and applications make this possible by letting users seamlessly roam from one device to another, picking up where they left off. For IT managers, serving end user computing (EUC) needs from a private or public cloud helps optimize access for multiple sites while reducing the risks associated with device failure, loss, and theft.

However, complex, fail-proof designs come at a cost. For overloaded IT teams, the infrastructure required for desktop and application virtualization creates significant challenges: deployments have high upfront costs and can take a long time to complete, and—depending on the environment—SLAs can be quite stringent, so ensuring high levels of performance and availability can be extremely labor intensive.

Next-Generation VirtuaDesk™ Solution from Nutanix, HPE, Citrix, and Wipro

To help companies address these challenges, Wipro has selected Nutanix, HPE, and Citrix to create a new, best-of-breed stack for its VirtuaDesk™ managed VDI service. To further simplify delivery, Wipro is also making VirtuaDesk available in an appliance model. The VirtuaDesk Appliance integrates hardware, software, and managed services and is offered via a “pay as you grow” model and can be deployed either on premises or hosted.

Wipro created its highly successful VirtuaDesk offering in 2013 to reduce the risks associated with the deployment of virtual desktops and applications. The solution currently supports close to 500,000 users across 40+ customers. With an aggressive goal to scale to over 1M seats by 2021, Wipro needed to refresh its VirtuaDesk stack to meet some extremely stringent design requirements.

The refreshed VirtuaDesk is designed to be an easy-to-use, turnkey solution. It builds on the recently announced global partnership between Nutanix and HPE, which delivers Nutanix Enterprise Cloud software through HPE GreenLake to dramatically lower total cost of ownership, accelerate operational productivity, and increase efficiency. The architecture not only helps Wipro meet its scale requirements, but can also cut the average deployment time down by up to 50%.

Benefits of the Nutanix-Powered VirtuaDesk Solution

Nutanix Enterprise Cloud is the foundation of the VirtuaDesk solution, enabling a number of important benefits that differentiate VirtuaDesk from traditional VDI solutions as well as competing service offerings:
Better user experience. The solution delivers consistent high performance using the latest Nutanix hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) and virtualization technologies.
High availability and reliability. N+1 redundancy for all critical components with automated failover and predictive monitoring and maintenance mitigates downtime risks.
Easier scaling. Incremental scaling enabled by Nutanix HCI, intelligent automation, and analytics driven by machine learning take the pain and guesswork out of adding users to your environment.
Rapid deployment. Controlling infrastructure complexity and cost are essential to a successful deployment. Nutanix HCI provides operational simplicity; Wipro accelerates deployment with standard configurations, automated provisioning, and pre-tested templates.
Lower TCO with predictable costs. Predictable per-seat or per-vm consumption models, an evergreen technology roadmap, and on-premises, private-hosted, and cloud deployment options address a wide range of needs at an affordable price.

Nutanix also maintains close relationships with both Citrix and HPE, helping ensure compatibility and cooperative support.

Global 500 Financial Services Company Streamlines VDI with VirtuaDesk and Nutanix

The refreshed VirtuaDesk solution can deliver immediate benefits for companies of all sizes. Recently a widely respected leader in financial services turned to Wipro VirtuaDesk and Nutanix when it was time to replace its legacy, hard-to-manage VDI infrastructure that regularly suffered from outages, downtime, and performance and scalability issues.

The company needed a solution that addressed the diverse needs of over 55,000 users spread across multiple geographical regions. The solution had to be:
Simple. Enabling IT and other employees to stay focused on customer needs.
Stable. Delivering a platform to increase agility and support new apps and services.
Fully supported. Ensuring continued success with assistance from industry-leading partners with deep expertise.

The Nutanix-powered VirtuaDesk solution addressed these needs, eliminating the company’s infrastructure silos, improving scalability, and providing high-performance end user desktops. Because VirtuaDesk fits use cases of all sizes, every office—from remote and branch offices to global headquarters—received appropriately sized infrastructure with identical tools and interfaces.

With streamlined day-to-day management, integrated backup and disaster recovery, and a dramatically reduced footprint, the solution ensures the company’s future growth can be supported without spiralling costs, while enabling it to exploit new business opportunities faster than ever before.

Next-Generation VirtuaDesk Solution Details

Wipro VirtuaDesk is a flexible, fully managed solution based on an appliance model with best-of-breed components and guaranteed SLAs. A variety of consumption models address almost any need. The service can provide virtual desktops and/or application virtualization. Multiple configurations are available to meet the needs of all workers, including power users that need GPU support.

Managed Services with Guaranteed SLAs

VirtuaDesk was developed with the management challenges of VDI in mind. Managed by Wipro’s expert VDI team, this offering is purpose-built to drive business value by enabling superior performance while simplifying the administrative workload and costs that come with running an enterprise-scale VDI service. Demanding SLAs from Wipro—like 99.9% desktop uptime and application availability—can be negotiated to address IT requirements and satisfy end-user expectations. Optional services are available to address a variety of additional needs from DR to end-point management.

Appliance Model with Best-of-Breed Components

The VirtuaDesk appliance model combines best-of-breed components from Nutanix and HPE in a standardized reference architecture.

As the leading provider of HCI solutions with a proven track record in demanding virtual desktop environments, Nutanix is uniquely positioned to provide the operating and management environment for the VirtuaDesk solution. The Nutanix architecture is optimized to support virtual desktops and applications without the cumbersome management and constant performance tuning required with a traditional infrastructure stack. 

The hardware platform for VirtuaDesk is provided by HPE. ProLiant DL380 Gen10 servers combined with Nutanix Enterprise Cloud software deliver proven reliability and excellent desktop performance, with more desktops on less hardware. T-shirt sizing, with small, medium, and large options, simplify solution planning and further accelerate deployment. VirtuaDesk is a preconfigured VDI solution available at rack scale and shipped to you ready to go. Everything is pre-assembled, pre-stacked, and pre-installed.

Consumption Models

Whether you prefer an OpEx (per VDI per month or per VM per month) or CapEx consumption model, VirtuaDesk is designed to meet your needs. The solution is available either as an on-premises appliance or as an off-site private cloud deployment. For on-premises deployments, you receive a cost-effective, pre-configured stack that comes with fully integrated hardware, software, and other tools. For hosted offerings, VirtuaDesk delivers desktops, applications, and data as a private cloud. All deployments include implementation and ongoing operations support.

Find Out More

The Nutanix-powered VirtuaDesk stack and the VirtuaDesk Appliance are available for order online today through Wipro.

If you’d like to find out more about the VirtuaDesk solution, read the joint solution brief. To set up a meeting or a workshop to discuss the joint solution contact Wipro@Nutanix.com.

Coming to .NEXT 2019 in Copenhagen?

The Nutanix .NEXT 2019 Europe conference is October 8-10 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Wipro is a Gold sponsor and will be in attendance this year to discuss the capabilities of VirtuaDesk and other joint solutions.
● Visit Wipro in booth G10 in the solution expo area at the Bella Center
● Join Wipro’s Mayur Shah, Global Head, Datacenter and Software Defined Everything and Amar Mahadeviah, Practice Head, Digital Workplace as they talk about Innovation that delivers Modern IT and User Experience on Oct 9, 3.30-4.00PM in Auditorium 11.

 

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