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I r i s virtual desktop

I.R.I.S. Virtual Desktop

Pieter Van den Abeele

Solution Architect - I.R.I.S. ICT

[email protected]

What is virtualization
What is Virtualization?


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What is Virtualization?

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Value proposition
Value proposition

  • Hardware resources are typically underused.

  • Advantages of consolidating datacenter infrastructure:

    • Make better use of server resources

    • Increase performance per Watt (GREEN)

    • Improve scalability, flexibility

    • Reduce total cost of ownership

  • Virtualize to save money!

Virtualization i r i s ict
Virtualization: I.R.I.S. ICT

  • I.R.I.S. ICT was first to bring server virtualization to BeNeLux market in 2002, using the VMware ESX™ platform. We are a VMware VIP business partner.

  • We focus on Complex IT infrastructure e.g. Mainframe, UNIX, Linux, VMware, Storage. Virtualization is a core component of our business.

  • Several large customer accounts, success stories and awards.

Enterprise desktop
Enterprise Desktop

  • As plenty of companies are virtualizing their server infrastructure, what is happening with the total cost of ownership of their IT infrastructure?

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Enterprise desktop

  • Server consolidation reduces total cost of ownership of entire IT infrastructure, but also increases share of the desktop.

  • The desktop has become the new focal point for efforts aimed at reducing Total Cost of Ownership.

Desktop market trends
Desktop market trends

  • Traditional desktop workstation

  • Thin Client workstation

  • Desktop Virtualization

Traditional workstation
Traditional workstation

  • Gigahertz race, Gigabyte race

  • Tight coupling between Hardware and Operating System. (Vista migration issues)

  • Idle Power consumption >70Watt

  • 3 year lifetime (Gartner)

  • Price Leadership strategy

  • Defines the “desktop” experience

  • Commodity

Thin client workstation
Thin Client workstation

  • Thin Client market is hot, crowded and growing. Players include DevonIT, Wyse, Sun, IGEL and many others.

  • Vendor strategy: Price leadership with little or no differentiation going on.

  • Vendors focus on management tools to try and lock customers in to their platform.

  • Typically provides only a “limited” desktop experience.

  • Thin Clients are essentially commodity “mini-PCs”.

Desktop virtualization
Desktop Virtualization

  • The virtualization market is hot, crowded and growing. Virtualization technology is becoming a commodity.

  • Players include VirtualBox, Citrix, VirtualIron, Vmware, Sun, Microsoft, Novell, etc.

  • Players providing only selected pieces of the virtualization “puzzle”.

Desktop virtualization1
Desktop Virtualization

  • Several vendors provide a piece of the Desktop Virtualization puzzle.

  • When these pieces are combined, the resulting configuration typically faces a number of challenges:

    • No multimedia support.

    • No multi-monitor support.

    • No desktop peripheral (USB, Serial, Parallel) support.

    • Impact on the network.

    • No single point of contact.

    • Tight coupling to a specific Operating System

    • Power consumption

I r i s virtual desktop1
I.R.I.S. Virtual Desktop

An end-to-end solution that solves the challenges our customers are facing.

Centralized hardware
Centralized Hardware

  • Leverage proven server virtualization technology.

  • Instead of server operating systems, we install desktop operating systems in the virtual machines.

  • Typically consolidation ratio is higher compared to server virtualization.

  • Shared storage Pool can be anything from NAS, SAN, SAS, FC to iSCSI.

  • Mixing storage types is possible (cost).

Centralized hardware details
Centralized hardware details

  • Storage: storage pool for the desktop environments – datacenter storage quality. Enterprise features available (replication, disaster recovery, thin provisioning, etc.)

  • Dedicated and certified servers for the IRIS Virtual Desktop Solution. Features such as memory, HBA, power supply, processors, etc. are configured to achieve an optimal consolidation ratio. (presales)

Desktop broker
Desktop broker

  • Virtual desktops need to be assigned to users.

  • User supplies username and password to the broker.

  • Broker points user to his/her virtual machine.

  • Broker is a virtual machine running Linux™ with a dedicated web application provided by LeoStream™.

  • Broker talks to active directory and Virtual Machine management console.

Desktop broker choice
Desktop Broker choice

  • Plenty of brokers are available on the market. We take the following technological factors into consideration when aligning with a specific partner.

    • Operating System independent (Linux & Windows)

    • Virtualization layer independent (MSTS, Citrix, Vmware, Xen …)

    • K.I.S.S. philosophy

    • Interchangeable component in our “Open Architecture”

    • Price point

  • Our architecture is designed to be as open as possible, to allow for integration with existing infrastructure.

I r i s client
I.R.I.S. Client

  • A hardware appliance that presents a virtualized desktop to the user.

  • Two models: I.R.I.S. Client Pro and Express

    Pro: office environment

    Express: industrial environment

I r i s client details
I.R.I.S. Client Details

  • Own Hardware design

  • Own Integrated Linux ™ Software stack

  • A platform that allows for differentiation at both HW and SW level

I r i s client pro
I.R.I.S. Client Pro

  • Features

    • 2 x front USB2 port

    • 1 x audio in

    • 1 x audio out

    • 1 x parallel port

    • 1 x serial port

    • VGA display (1600x1200)

    • PS2 keyboard and mouse support

    • 100 megabit network

    • Solid state (no moving components)

    • Low Power Consumption

I r i s client express
I.R.I.S. Client Express

  • Features

    • Solid steel case

    • 2 x USB2 port

    • 1 x audio in

    • 1 x audio out

    • Optional serial port

    • VGA display (1600x1200)

    • PS2 keyboard and mouse support

    • Redundant 100 megabit network (PoE)

    • Low Power Consumption

    • Industrial temperature range support. From -45 to 80 degrees Celcius.

    • 50G gravity / shock

    • Solid state (no moving components)

Hw differentiation
HW differentiation

  • Low power consumption.

    • 0.1 Watt to 1 Watt range (CPU)

  • Integrated motherboard: “system on a chip” microprocessor from automotive industry

  • Financial incentive (volume > 100 million SoC’s sold in 2007)

  • Hardware accelerated encryption / compression

  • Virus free architecture

  • Fanless/sinkless

  • 68 x 58 mm


  • Project based.

    • Largely depends on consolidation ratio and desktop requirements (cpu’s, core frequency, memory, operating system).

  • CAPEX:

    • Per user pricing for the COMPLETE solution is potentially as cheap as a DELL™ desktop. (Windows XP desktops, typical office usage)

  • OPEX:

    • ROI possible after less than 24 months, only considering Power consumption savings.

    • Desktop management can be improved substantially.

Sw differentiation
SW differentiation

An end-to-end solution that solves the challenges our customers are facing.

Usb over ip

  • Each I.R.I.S. Client includes a full USB-over-IP implementation.

  • Supported devices include (but not limited to):

    • Blackberry,

    • Voip headsets,

    • iPhone,

    • smartcard, e-id,

    • bluetooth

    • dongles

    • scales, barcode scanners, printers,

    • paper scanners

    • BankContact/Visa terminals,

    • Touchscreens

  • Ability to restrict supported vendors and devices on a per client and per user basis.

  • Ability to restrict bandwidth on a per client basis.

  • USB2 supported.

  • Demo

Multi monitor support
Multi-Monitor support

  • Up to 4 monitors supported. (Windows)

  • Up to 16 screens supported. (Linux)

  • Each I.R.I.S. Client contains only one VGA output port, but multiple clients can be clustered together. (also works for USB ports)

  • Maximum resolution per monitor: 1600 x 1200 pixels

  • Number of pixels in a 4 monitor configuration exceeds number of pixels in a dual High-Definition (1080p) television setup.

Virtually configurable
Virtually Configurable

  • Both Linux and Windows operating systems are supported.

  • Up to 4 Virtual CPU’s per desktop.

  • Up to 64Gb RAM per desktop. Thin provisioned.

  • Local Admin possible

Low power consumption
Low Power consumption

  • Central hardware can be put to sleep at night, reducing Power consumption even more.

  • Savings have been validated by our customers.

  • Return on investment possible in less than two years.

Certified peripherals
Certified Peripherals

  • Certified with Kodak scanners (i30/i40), HP scanners & Printers, dongle software, DataLogic, Motorola, HTC smartphone, …

  • ICC = I.R.I.S. Certification Center for the Virtual Desktop environment; have your peripherals certified !

Server technology benefits
Server-technology benefits

  • Snapshots of running machines (demo)

  • Backups

  • VMotion – Live migration (demo)

  • High availability

Demo 1 vista usb
Demo 1: Vista + USB

  • Log in to Vista - explain migrations

  • USB scanner

  • Show recognized using device manager

  • Start scanning

  • We have people from datalogic/Intermec and motorola here for a demo.

  • We also have USB dongled-software on display (IRIS Capture Pro)

Demo 2 live migration
Demo 2: Live Migration

  • Start Vmware VirtualCenter

  • Show Physical HW

  • Show number of VMs

  • Show virtual memory allocated for our desktop

  • Show it is running on esxqcX

  • Start live migration to esxqcY

Demo 3 on the fly resource allocation
Demo 3: On the fly resource allocation

  • Log in to XP

  • Allocate new virtual disk for virtual machine

  • Initialize new virtual disk

  • Use new virtual disk

Demo 4 provisioning reboot
Demo 4: Provisioning & Reboot

  • Virtual Machines can be created for users when they first log in. We will manually step you through the process of deploying a desktop.

  • While it is running, let’s restart another machine to see how fast booting is.

Demo 5 application virtualization
Demo 5: Application virtualization

  • Thinstall IE6 side by side with IE7

  • Show how it’s done. As easy as snapshotting.

Demo 6 multi monitor
Demo 6: Multi-monitor

  • Please see our booth after this session.

  • We have on display 3 displays!.

  • We also have video streaming demo


  • Interested in a personalized demo?

    • Send your questions and date/time request to [email protected]

    • We can host the demo at our office or prepare an on-site demo.

  • Interested in a Proof-of-Concept?

    • We can provide a mobile datacenter for up to 100 users for a number of weeks allowing you to evaluate the solution.

  • Please visit our booth!

    • Multi-screen setup

    • USB Scanning

    • IRIS Capture Pro software demo

    • Video streaming