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Created: 12 Mar 2012
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March 2, 2012 will be a date that should be remembered. At that date the decision was made to build the largest VDI in the Cloud architecture. An incredible 1.200.000 VDI desktops should be started in the Cloud waiting for end users.

As almost every device is supported, it will change the world of computing as we know it right now. Why buy a PC if you can have access to your own fully supported desktop at a fraction of the price? Every day you logon you will get a complete new PC, with your own personal settings and your own software. And you can use it any time, any where and on any device.

May 1st we will have the first 100.000 desktops up and running and we will have over 400 applications packaged. And it will grow and grow.

So now we have an incredible task to build up the team that is going to develop and deploy the VDI desktop and ensures that all applications can run in this desktop.

And the technology that enables us to make this happen is Symantec Workspace Virtualization. After evaluating the competitors in the application virtualization space, Symantec won the deal because it enables us to do what is necessary in this kind of large deployment.

We have to cover 16 languages through Virtual Software Archives. When the user logs on he needs to set his default language and when that is set, he will simply become a member of an active directory group. DinamiQs DVS Smart will then set the correct Virtual layer for this end user so his desktop has the appropriate language.

Then he or she needs to have access to the applications. You can imagine that we are going to offer over 1000 Virtual software layers containing the software, but we will also add additional layers to get that software delivered in the correct language.

So think about a Symantec Workspace Virtualization software repository of about 3000 layers in total that an end user can choose from.

When the packages are made they will be allocated on a clustered embedded filesystem and every VDI desktop has access to it depending the permissions of the end user. You can imagine that adding those layers to every desktop generates a lot of network traffic and usage of a lot of disk space? No, the difference that DinamiQs has build is that instead of bringing the applications to each VDI, we bring the VDI to the application. This allows us to build up one large SWV store with all apps and simply redirect all VDI desktops to that cluster and use it where the application stays. The storage where all VSAs reside will be a full SSD store with over 200.000 IOps, fast enough and large enough to facilitate all this read access.

Also we had to change the location of the read write layer. As SWV tries to write in that layer, but every body is using that same layer, we took the Read Write layer out and redirect that into a hidden portion of the user profile. This ensures that the user will keep all his personal settings even when a layer gets updated or replaced. The whole environment can be managed with less then 20 people in this way and that keeps it easy, cheap and manageable.

Second step is how to give an end user access and permissions to applications?

The whole platform will be fully Active Directory driven and all users will get their access permissions, language settings and software through AD.

The technology used for this is DVS SMART that imports and activates layers based on AD permissions.

When the end user logs on through the cloud he will get access to his data, desktops and applications in the cloud through the DinamiQs Hybrid Cloud portal. The sessions are fully encrypted and secure and end users will be able to do all their work through this portal.

And what makes it completely unique?

Everything can be used on every device without installing software or download apps. The cloud supports the use of:

  • iPads
  • iPhones
  • Android devices
  • Internet TV
  • Internet Blu Ray players
  • Thin clients
  • Fat clients
  • HP Web OS

What ever you can lay your hands on, if it has an internet connections and supports html 5, you can use it.

Printers, sound passthrough and even usb sticks will be fully supported, so adding your files to that cloud will be as easy as can be.

In the next few weeks when we build up the platform I will write more about it so you can see it grow and grow and you can see what is involved to build a cloud like this, supporting millions of users and desktops, over 3000 various applications, over 16 languages and all accessible from the cloud through a website.