Already sold on VDI? Think about this [Citrix, Microsoft]

If you are already sold on VDI, you still face at least one more tough decision: which platform is best for you?

There are plenty of quality offerings out there, all with pros and cons. Depending on your current environment some solutions will work better than others. In this issue, we cover a mash-up in the virtual desktop game – the Microsoft-Citrix VDI combo – and see which organizations fit the profile.

WHAT’S INSIDE YOUR DATA CENTER?

Do you fit the profile for a virtualized desktop environment with Microsoft and Citrix? According to Softchoice Enterprise Architect Mark Wall much of it comes down to what kind of shop you have already.

There are several benefits to keeping it in the family and not exploring a new environment. Not least of which are the savings on training costs and the ease of adopting an already familiar technology.

“Microsoft Hyper-V gives you a common platform your Windows admins will be used to and find easy to manage,” says Wall. “If I already have people who know Windows environments inside out, I don’t want to go spend a boatload on training to get this done.” [Read more...]

Going from 1,600 cables to 28 in your Data Center [NetApp]

NetApp & Softchoice helped an Atlanta-based company virtualize

Like many growing companies, a Softchoice customer specializing in printing supplies was relying on a hosted data center to enable efficient operations. But when costs and power usage continued to mount, the company needed to do something different.

The Atlanta-based organization partnered with Softchoice to build a virtualized dynamic data center that would use far less power and space – dramatically reducing their costs.

Softchoice recommended NetApp due to its native support of Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) giving the customer an end-to-end solution that allowed them to: [Read more...]