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What’s the deal with HCI for VDI?

The converged and hyper-converged infrastructure markets have gotten a lot of lip service lately, especially with respect to supporting VDI deployments.

There are several reasons hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) could be the right choice for companies looking to deploy virtual desktops. Hyper-converged platforms offer tightly integrated storage, networking and compute that are software-defined and tailored to run virtualization workloads. They also come with a management interface that can help IT administrators deploy, control and troubleshoot virtual desktops. All these advantages make it fast and easy to deploy VDI quickly, and shops can add more components as their deployments grow. And when all the pieces come from the same vendors, companies can rest assured that they’ll work together well, and there’s one throat to choke when something goes wrong.

But for shops that have already deployed VDI, investing in an HCI stack might not be the smartest or most cost effective choice. If there’s an opportunity to repurpose the servers and other hardware that used to support VDI when a business brings in HCI, then it could be worth it. Otherwise, companies could end up with a shiny new stack to support VDI while the old servers collect dust. Additionally, there are some personnel changes—and potential challenges—that admins should prepare for. HCI unites disparate hardware, so companies often find that they need fewer people to manage their new systems.

There are a lot of moving parts to consider and options to weigh. Deciding whether to deploy HCI goes beyond the question of use case. Companies must also consider which vendor to buy from. Get started with the decision making process with our three-part guide to hyper-converged infrastructure for VDI, VDI Hums on Finely Tuned Hyper-Converged Infrastructure.