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June 24, 2010

Case Study: Enabling Telework with VDI

Posted by Abhinav Joshi – Reference Architect (Virtualization and Cloud Computing)

Telecommuting can increase productivity, decrease IT costs and reduce your company’s carbon footprint. One of our esteemed partners, Project Performance Corporation (PPC), has been helping agencies in the US government and other organizations implement efficient VDI solutions to support telecommuting using technologies from VMware and NetApp. Robert DeMay (Virtualization Technical Lead at PPC) authored an article for the June issue of  NetApp Tech OnTap that describes how they helped one large government agency implement a telework solution that ultimately won several awards and helped save millions. He talks about various alternatives they considered and the reasons they settled on virtual desktops on VMware and NetApp. He also describes the architecture they implemented in some detail and the phases through which it evolved over time as the requirements changed. 


NetApp was selected as the storage solution for a variety of reasons, including:

1. The NetApp Unified Storage Architecture increased the operational flexibility and simplified administration

2. Superior backup and recovery for virtual desktops and user data

3. Ability to better utilize existing third-party storage arrays using NetApp v-series platform

4. Robust CIFS implementation for home directory support


You can check out the article at http://communities.netapp.com/docs/DOC-6172

The reason this solution is of particular interest to me is because before joining NetApp couple of years back, I served as one of the lead architects for this solution.

Robert and I will be co-presenting on this topic in much more detail at the following breakout session at VMworld 2010.


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We would be very much interested in knowing if your company support telecommuting? Does the virtual desktop approach described make sense for you? Why or why not?

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