Back in 2007, I embarked on a research project for AMD to better understand how hosted computing was going to impact the enterprise. Hosted computing was everything from Microsoft Terminal Services to Citrix MetaFrame to Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) technologies that were emerging. The conclusion we came to during this research was that the biggest barrier to adoption would be the end user revolt. The personalization and performance in the available solutions just wasn’t there to satisfy the needs of a large segment of the users on an enterprise network.
In the years that have followed, VDI has matured into the technology that most closely addresses the needs of users while giving IT the management and control of data. But even VDI has seen its restrictions; from network, storage and user experience to overall cost and complexity – it’s a solution with limitations.
Hosted Desktop Infrastructure (HDI) is a new and cool way of deploying remote desktops to users who previously realized those VDI limitations. Based on Citrix XenDekstop, HP Moonshot and AMD Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) technology, HDI finally bridges that tension between users and IT. Users enjoy a local like experience while giving IT that centralized control that helps drive down cost and headaches.
Heard this story before? Me too. But, here’s what’s different: by using the Citrix provisioning server in conjunction with XenDesktop user sessions are streamed to dedicated hardware in support of user sessions. That dedicated hardware is based on the AMD Opteron™ X2150 APU,a chip that has both the CPU and GPU on the same die. So not only does each user get their own dedicated “PC-on-a-chip”, according to HP, they also get discrete GPU like performance. Better GPU performance means that user can tap into their video and video conferencing capability with virtually no jitter or hang, they can work on PowerPoint and stream music seamlessly. Heck – a local like experience from a hosted session!
While at BriForum in Boston, we demonstrated HDI running on the HP CS100. For those that saw this chassis for the first time, the “wow” factor was noticeable. While there were plenty of questions about how this “physicalization” thing works – the thought of finally being able to extend that VDI like model to knowledge workers without sacrificing user experience was pretty exciting.
Check out this really cool video demonstrating the power of HDI powered by HP and AMD. And let us know your thoughts!
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