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Washington Trust Bank goes mobile with VDI

Atlantis Computing says that Washington Trust Bank, the largest independently owned full-service commercial bank in the Northwest, has deployed Atlantis ILIO as part of its VMware View™ 5 desktop virtualization deployment to enable employees to access their virtual desktop from anywhere using Wyse thin clients and zero clients, iPads, personal computers or repurposed corporate PCs.

 

Date: 24 May 2012

“For us, VDI is really for our knowledge workers because they require mobility,” said Christopher Green, vice president, IT Infrastructure Systems, Washington Trust Bank. “VMware View and Wyse cloud client computing solutions allows our mobile users to access their virtual desktop from anywhere they have an internet connection, over Wi-Fi or through the 3G devices that are provided to them.”

When Washington Trust Bank first deployed VMware View with traditional SAN storage, the testing and pilot achieved a high level of success. However, as the deployment of virtual desktops grew, Washington Trust Bank sought ways to accelerate the desktop performance during times of peak usage, such as morning logons, when employees began their workday.

“Our employees needed to have performance on par with a physical desktop,” continued Christopher Green. “If we are going to pass users off to a new technology, the expectation is that it will be better than the old.”

Upon further investigation of their existing desktop virtualization environment, the team at Washington Trust Bank sought out solutions to optimize and accelerate the storage IO traffic for peak usage periods.

“One school of thought was to add tons of storage processors and SSDs; but that increased our CAPEX cost and minimized our ROI,” continued Green. “Using Atlantis ILIO with VMware View however enabled us to achieve all the management benefits of the desktop virtualization solution while providing the best end-user experience.”

Using Atlantis ILIO 3.0 with VMware View 5, VMware ThinApp®, Dell Servers, and Wyse P20 PCoIP zero clients and Wyse R90L7 thin clients enabled Washington Trust Bank to deliver high performance desktops at the lowest desktop TCO, thereby meeting the requirements of end-users, IT and the business. The VMware View deployment uses VMware High Availability (HA) and Distributed Resource Scheduling (DRS) with Atlantis ILIO to ensure the continuous availability of virtual desktops.
 

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