VDI Needs Optimized Networking
While virtual desktop services greatly simplify the task of provisioning and maintaining user desktops, the adoption of a robust VDI strategy requires a data center network that includes robust user experience management capabilities to assure a successful project. Virtual Desktops place additional and time-sensitive loads on the network and require the application-aware visibility tools to help troubleshoot and support these installations. In VDI deployments, latency and available capacity have a direct impact on the perceived quality of a user experience, so the network infrastructure must be able to deliver solid switching performance along with transactional insight to the underlying structure itself.
To address the need of a large virtualized workload, Pluribus Networks has developed its Virtualization-Centric Fabric (VCF) and the Netvisor network operating systems which implement VCF. Without the need for an external controller, Pluribus switches powered by the Netvisor OS federate into a single fabric, offering unprecedented insight, agility and security.
Pluribus Networks advances network virtualization and software-defined networking (SDN) through Netvisor, the industry’s most programmable, network OS. Netvisor is based upon the Pluribus Virtualization-Centric FabricTM (VCFTM) architecture, a proven approach to understanding flow, rapidly responding to business needs, and securing your data.
Factors that affect VDI QoE and latency:
- Virtual desktop remote access (N/S)
- Real-time media access for virtual desktops (N/S)
- Access to shared IP storage (E/W)
- Assured interoperability with legacy devices to offer flexible design options when deploying a new VDI POD.
- Automated integration with customer applications due to infrastructure change independence.
- Improved troubleshooting via an extensive set of built-in network telemetry which provides indicators on VDI user QoE, desktop performances and storage.
- Simplified troubleshooting and anchor policies via fabric-wide consolidated view of end-points and VMs.
- Rapidly administer QoS and security policies fabric-wide by identifying individual flows or classes of flow to apply to.