As part of an office relocation, a leader in international agribusiness required a workplace technology infrastructure overhaul to provide the underlying framework necessary to achieve a modern, efficient and flexible work environment. Align was tasked with building and deploying a virtual desktop environment that would provide the same user experience as being on a traditional desktop. The company also looked to Align to design and implement a multisite virtualization solution with replication and disaster recovery capabilities.
Align designed and implemented a VDI and integrated cloud-based communication services for every employee, including high-level executive staff. All employees were equipped with remote access to their desktops, allowing for anytime-anywhere access. The VDI environment included a comprehensive disaster recovery solution, where all desktop computers were replicated virtually to ensure full access to files and applications in the case of a primary data center failure.
Align also provided an orchestrated server failover using VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager, which provided push-button failover of the company’s virtual servers. Additionally, vSphere Data Protection Advanced backup solution was implemented, which leveraged changed block tracking and EMC DataDomain with deduplication to offer the benefits of a full server backup every night.
These solutions use a fraction of the time and storage normally required, and ensure the business continues uninterrupted in the case of a server failure.
Align successfully implemented a best-practice, fully redundant and high-performing virtualization infrastructure for both servers and virtual desktops, with full disaster recovery failover between the primary and backup sites. The implementation of a VDI for all employees with full desktop failover and remote access delivered a true “workplace of the future” experience.
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