What is VDI?

Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) leverages virtualisation technology to host the equivalent of a desktop computers on servers in a data centre.

VDI definition

VDI provisions virtual desktops – for an end user experience that simulates a desktop operating system – but doing so with multiple virtual desktops running on a central server infrastructure. The operating system, application software, and data storage are all hosted and managed centrally. VDI solutions vary in terms of graphic capabilities depending on the hosting infrastructure and choice processors available.

Why VDI?

VDI can deliver substantial savings in certain use cases. The technology is particularly applicable to large-scale but repetitive "knowledge worker" scenarios such as hospitals or insurance claims processing. The end user does not need a dedicated PC, just the functionality of a basic operating system and a few preset application tools. The organisation saves on hardware, provisioning a low cost terminal in lieu of a PC and further benefits from reduced maintenance expenses.

HPE VDI products and services

We offer VDI solutions that are proven to meet end users’ high expectations for both traditional VDI and graphics-enabled VDI workloads. HPE 3PAR StoreServ and HPE Hyper Converged Systems with HPE StoreVirtual VSA offer highly available, easy-to-manage, and high performing storage for client virtualisation deployments.

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Solution Brief : Scaling up performance and VDI management with HPE SDS

Solution Brief

This document provides an overview of how you can cost-effectively scale performance and storage for VDI environments with HPE Software-Defined Storage.

eBook : The Gorilla Guide to Hyperconverged Infrastructure for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

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The Gorilla Guide to Hyperconverged Infrastructure for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

Technical White Paper : HPE Reference Architecture for VMware Horizon on HPE Hyper Converged 380

Technical White Paper

This reference architecture describes the validation of VMware Horizon 6 virtual desktops on HPE Hyper Converged 380 with OneView InstantOn version 1.3 software.