Simplifying VDI deployment

AgreeYa Solutions delivers a high-quality user experience and performance for its virtual desktop infrastructure solution using Dell’s powerful vWorkspace desktop virtualisation platform

Lindsay James
Lindsay James
By Lindsay James on 29 December 2015
Simplifying VDI deployment

This article first appeared in the Autumn 2015 issue of OnWindows magazine.

California-based AgreeYa Solutions is a software, solutions and services firm that primarily helps customers take advantage of social collaboration, mobility, cloud and analytics to drive business efficiencies and growth.

In order to improve efficiency and responsiveness, the company has automated a number of its internal systems and processes. In turn, AgreeYa is now able to bring the concept of a cloud automation platform to its customers.

This enables the company to create, automate and manage underlying virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solutions through policy-based, self-service and automated application delivery.

In order to become a high-performance organisation, AgreeYa Solutions had previously adopted workspace virtualisation for its own employees. This enabled staff to have anytime, anywhere access to their applications, files and data across almost any device – something that was vital for the company’s highly mobile workforce.

“We developed a lot of expertise in workspace virtualisation just by using it to enable our own employees,” says Arindam Ray Chaudhuri, COO, AgreeYa Solutions. “Now, after commercialising it as one of our many solution offerings under the name VDIXtend, we’ve deployed it across thousands of our customers’ desktops around the world, and that number keeps growing.”

When deploying VDIXtend, AgreeYa Solutions must consider a variety of users – both desktop and mobile.

“One delivery mechanism may not make sense for all users, nor satisfy IT’s need for tight security while containing costs,” says the company’s solutions manager Ryan Cruz.

A number of desktop virtualisation platforms were considered before the company selected Dell’s Wyse vWorkspace connection broker software. This software configures first-time user settings in minutes without users needing training or instruction guides, and system administrators to grant or revoke any user’s access at any time.

Wyse vWorkspace enables AgreeYa’s customers to deploy VDIXtend across a number of remote desktop session host modes or in virtual desktop infrastructure mode.

AgreeYa has also packaged VDIXtend so customers can also deploy it as a cloud-based, desktop-as-a-service delivered from any of AgreeYa’s many data centres worldwide; as a packaged ‘VDI-in-a-box’ private-cloud appliance on-premises; or in some combination.

AgreeYa’s implementation model starts at the physical level with a Dell PowerEdge R720 rack server. vWorkspace software typically runs on top of a Microsoft Hyper-V hypervisor, and the Microsoft Application Virtualization utility is also used to improve application delivery performance. AgreeYa has also deployed the Dell KACE K1000 System Management Appliance to more efficiently manage inventory and secure a variety of network connected devices.



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