Robert Wilkinson - IT Consultancy for Citrix | Microsoft | VMWare | End User Computing

Design Approach

The proveDesign Methodologyn six stages of design are as follows:

Define

I carry out in-depth analysis so that I can understand your initiatives and can align them accordingly with correct technology offerings.

Assess

The assessment of your existing environment is the most important part of the six phases as Virtualisation technology is dependent on all of the infrastructure components. Virtualisation deployments can fail if the existing infrastructure is overlooked. A review of the existing infrastructure environment during this phase is essential, similarly any new infrastructure proposed is also assessed for compatibility with existing infrastructure components.

The comprehensive assessment of end users’ usage case scenarios is essential during this phase including a recommended review of all Business Critical Application compatibility readiness checks for any proposed target solution.

Design
Each Environment is unique and has its own requirements, so we tailor our solutions accordingly. During this phase, focus is on the end users environment. User Experience is often ignored by consulting companies but this area is most important in any IT Project.

Deploy
The Deployment phase follows an agreed design to install and configure the environment. Deployment is carried out, through a phased approach to avoid risk. During this process, the integration of all infrastructure components is tested thoroughly. After Configuration, extensive operational and functionality tests are carried out on each component to ensure the new environment is functioning correctly.

Optimize

To get the best out of a Virtualisation Solution it should always be optimized, whether it is for performance bench marking, user login and session experience improvements, or simply environment lock down. After the deployment stage the environment is closely monitored with the appropriate tool set and real users to clearly understand which area of the deployment can benefit from optimization.

Well known application software programs can also often benefit from optimization too. Particularly in Virtual desktop use cases. Best Practices surrounding optimization of software applications for Microsoft Office, Adobe products, Internet browsers, are recommended during this phase. This is often ignored with consulting companies.

Handover
To manage your implementation effectively it is imperative that you have all the relevent information and practical knowledge, hence why I provide updated detailed designs and configuration documents, as well as hand-over sessions for you to understand end-to-end picture of the implemented technologies and how best to administer them.


Desktop Virtualization Assessment Stages

• Assess and quantify machine, user, application, OS and infrastructure metrics

• Gain visibility into user persona and authored data

• Quantify application use to support master image design

• Identify unused applications

• Baseline user experience

• Determine whether applications used are a good/fair/poor FIT for virtualization

• Design infrastructure and size resources based on actual resource consumption

• Pool users into tiered desktop architecture

• Plan for infrastructure capacity (CPU, RAM, GPU, Storage, IOPs)
Designing and implementing a virtual desktop environment is difficult to accomplish without assessments that provide visibility into the resource metrics that impact overall success. Appropriote assessment tools enables organizations to take a thoughtful approach to assessing and designing their desktop transformation. Proactive Users who seek help at the project outset use Assessment tools during due diligence phases to provide a sound assessment foundation on which they can make solid planning decisions for desktop image per user group and infrastructure design. They are also be able to set baselines in order to validate success at the project’s end

 

Assessment tools

 

There are many Assessment tools available, I am particularly familiar with the following:

  • LiquidWare Stratusphere FIT
  • LakeSide Systrack
  • Citrix App-DNA
  • VMWare Capacity Planner
  • Platespin Recon

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