Blog Posts by Category - Best Practices

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Ruben Spruijt

August 31, 2016

Atlantis Computing with Citrix Provisioning Services (PVS), better together

Historically the virtual workspace has challenges such as cost, performance, user-experience and complexity and PVS as part of that solution, was seen as difficult to manage. These days are over with developments within Citrix Provisioning Service to lower cost and increase performance benefit from flash, software defined storage and hyper converged infrastructure appliances. Atlantis Computing is leading in the modern virtual workspace with software defined storage (SDS) and hyper converged infrastructure (HCI) solutions.

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Ruben Spruijt

May 19, 2016

Ultimate Desktop Virtualization Best Practices Guide

The first Desktop Virtualization Best Practices Guide created by leading industry and community experts is now available for download!  The guide is truly amazing with more than 200 desktop virtualization and application remoting best practices in 14 different categories created by more than 30 leading experts are bundled in this great resource.

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Ruben Spruijt

February 26, 2016

Calling All VDI Experts - Share Your Knowledge

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to share your best practices and gain notoriety within the End User Computing industry! It’s time to be part of something extraordinary and meaningful by sharing your knowledge in Desktop Virtualization, VDI and SBC.
 
I’m gathering a collection of best practices to compile into a guidebook and then share it with the world – and I’m gathering them from people like you.  We’ll put these best practices into a community sourced document.  This guidebook is tentatively titled as “Desktop Virtualization Best Practices and Design Guide.”

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Priyadarshi Prasad

February 12, 2016

Hyperconvergence: Taking your first step

If you are like most IT leaders, you have heard of hyperconvergence but probably haven’t gotten your feet wet. Per a recent end user survey we conducted, only about 20% of respondents are currently actually using hyperconverged appliances. 

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Scott D. Lowe

February 10, 2016

Transforming Your Data Center

Transforming Your Data Center

In this post, we’re going to discuss the transformation from a legacy, inefficient data center to the modern data center, which is characterized by its efficiency, simplicity, and ability to provide business outcomes. 

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John Wade

September 28, 2015

Putting a leash on storage expansion

Understanding the real impact of deduplication is critical for any IT professional in the modern datacenter. This is true from both performance and capacity perspectives. Choosing the right storage solution is a long-term commitment. Choose wisely by understanding the impact of a key data service functionality such as  deduplication.

In the past deduplication, or dedupe, was a feature highly priced and only available from a small number of vendors. However, as the IT community began to see the explosion of data created and used by their machines, business consumers and applications, dedupe went from a nice to have feature to a critical data service.

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Bill Kleyman

May 23, 2015

Infrastructure Convergence: The Choice is Yours

Modern datacenter infrastructure is set to undergo a transformation as the shift towards cloud computing and massively scalable processing enables more users, applications and workloads to access underlying resources. 
The constraints of traditional software and hardware models are being loosened as cloud computing gives individuals and businesses more choice over how to acquire or deliver IT services.  This is prompting many to look at alternatives to the compute, storage and networking technologies they deploy today, leading to growing interest in the concept of infrastructure convergence. But infrastructure convergence covers a multitude of sins so choosing the right version depends on the business need and the use case. 

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Bill Kleyman

May 18, 2015

To Converged Infrastructure and Beyond

Modern organizations are being forced to reassess how they provide resources and support applications in the face of shifting user demands. Traditional data center technologies are coming under increasing scrutiny as more and more customers start to explore alternatives to the compute, storage and networking technologies they deploy today. 

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Andrew Wood

May 12, 2015

Citrix LifeCycle Management & Atlantis Computing – Managing the DataCenter through Software

The real value of a cloud service is not only about saving money, but about adding agility.  It is inspiring to see Citrix Lifecycle Management (CLM) as vital datacenter building block for today’s private, hybrid and public cloud.

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Andrew Wood

May 03, 2015

Live. Die. Repeat. Scaling the Extremes to Bring You Right to the Edge of Tomorrow.

Attending Citrix Synergy in May? Join Atlantis Computing's Jim Moyle and Andrew Wood for their Geek Speak Live session demonstrating the power of automation with Citrix LifeCycleManagement and Atlantis USX REST APIs. 

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Andrew Wood

April 30, 2015

The Zen of Atlantis USX on Citrix XenServer: Part III A Simple in Memory Volume

What is Atlantis USX software defined storage and how does it work on Citrix XenServer? What does the impact of hyper converged on Citrix XenDesktop/XenApp workloads? If I'm using Citrix XenServer for non-VDI workloads, is software defined storage applicable to me? This is Part III in a blog series looking to answer these questions, providing insight into the possibilities of reducing the costs of delivering a virtualised environment while improving the performance.

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Paul Martin

March 18, 2014

Best Practice for configuring VMware VMkernel ports for NFS traffic

The importance of VMkernel port groups when presenting NFS data stores is key in getting great performance for NFS traffic. In this article, I’ll be talking specifically about VMware ESX as that’s the hypervisor we see most of you using in production today and why we recommend reducing the hops for vmkernel port  when deploying Atlantis ILIO.

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Andrew Wood

March 10, 2014

Best Practices: Atlantis ILIO and Citrix MCS (Machine Creation Services)

Citrix Machine Creation Services (MCS) is one of several options open to Citrix XenDesktop admins for image delivery of virtual desktops and application services. It uses the hypervisor APIs (XenServer, Hyper-V, and vSphere) to create, start, stop, and delete virtual machines. While Citrix Provisioning Services (PVS) continues to be a popular choice for image deployment, it is considered a complex solution so many organisations may look to simplify their virtual desktop architecture and implement MCS instead. This is especially true of smaller organisations or environments. Citrix designed MCS to provide many of the benefits of PVS at a lower management cost.

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Andrew Wood

February 13, 2014

Best Practices: Atlantis ILIO and Citrix PVS (Provisioning Services)

When deploying Citrix XenDesktop and/or Citrix XenApp, many organisations utilise Citrix Provisioning Services (PVS) to not only manage the images for deployment, but to look to reduce the storage capacity requirements of their virtualised desktop and application infrastructure.

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Jim Moyle

February 06, 2014

Best Practices: Configuration of VMware vSphere DRS with VDI

VMware vSphere Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) is commonly used in todays virtualized infrastructures.  It is considered to be best practice in server virtualization to enable DRS. I commonly face the question whether this best practice applies to a VDI cluster.

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Andrew Wood

November 15, 2013

Benefits of Virtualizing Citrix XenApp

To virtualize your Citrix XenApp servers, or not? It is still a noble question. Virtualization underpins today’s data centres as companies look to drive down costs of providing services, and to quickly and effectively respond to demand for change.

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Dan Senior

November 03, 2013

Best Practices: Atlantis ILIO Monitoring and Alerting

Atlantis ILIO optimises your storage using a unique, software-only approach, which is both hardware and storage agnostic. As such, it is a key virtual resource in your environment that need to be monitored as you would any component within your infrastructure.

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Andrew Wood

August 30, 2013

Best Practices: Powering VDI Performance for optimal virtual desktop performance

A key factor in a successful virtual desktop deployment is a great user experience. To ensure this is delivered, all components of your architecture need to optimally configured. The memory, the storage, the network and the compute performance.

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Andrew Wood

May 18, 2013

VDI and SBC performance testing now easier and more realistic with LoginVSI v4

Here at Atlantis Computing we’re excited to see that Login VSI have announced a major new release – version 4 (v4) – of their industry standard performance and scalability tool for Virtual Desktop Infrastructures and Server Based Computing environments.

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Jim Moyle

February 15, 2013

Desktop Virtualization Best Practices with VMware HA Admission Control & Atlantis ILIO

In recent months, customers have asked me a lot of questions about how to configure resilience for virtualized desktops. If you want to just jump straight to the conclusion, click here. For the full explanation then please carry on.