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Virtual Desktop Infrastructure: Tips for Planning and Administration

One of the fastest rising areas in technology today is VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure). Companies small andfalse

July 2014

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One of the fastest rising areas in technology today is VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure). Companies small and large are now opening projects to move their desktops from the physical model to the virtual to get the advantages of the simplified desktop management, user portability, security and operating system migrations.

VDI, or Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, refers to the process of running a user desktop within the virtual machine that subsists on a server in the datacenter. It’s a potent form of desktop virtualization since it enables fully personalized desktops for each user with all the simplicity and security of the centralized management.

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Most companies have a wide variety of users, including power users, task workers, guest workers, mobile employees, and contractors. While VDI works great for some of these use cases, it’s not appropriate for the others. This is why IT companies offer a wide portfolio of desktop virtualization solutions.

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure enables the clients to streamline costs and management by centralizing and consolidating the desktops while delivering end-users mobility and the liberty to access the virtual desktops from anywhere, anytime, on any device. 

For simple IT organizations, the innovative VDI-in-a-Box makes VDI quite affordable and easier by making virtual desktops less expensive than the PCs. For customers with different needs and users, XenDesktop is the market-leading enterprise-complete comprehensive desktop virtualization solution. Customers no longer need to take a one-size-fits-all approach to desktop virtualization. The modern desktop virtualization portfolio facilitates businesses of all sizes to offer the right kind of virtual desktop for every user, every time.

The key to a flourishing VDI implementation is following a simple approach despite of how small or large the implementation is and what virtual desktop technology you are executing. That first is to do an evaluation to comprehend your current physical environment and your needs for VDI. Then look to execute a user-state virtualization technology to decouple your users from their desktops. Finally, examine and validate your VDI implementation once you have gone live. Comprehend if the actual user experience is what was expected. Eventually, it is the user’s and how well they are working and performing in a VDI environment that makes or breaks the success of a project.

It is imperative from the start to plan and administer your VDI implementation correctly to ensure success and most prominently to deliver a good user experience. This is true despite of which vendor solution is being executed. It could be VMware View, Citrix XenDesktop, or any other VDI technology.  No matter who the vendor, there are certain common mistakes made with the Virtual Desktop projects.  Click here to download the FREE Ebook to learn more: VDI Test Plan, Executing the Perfect Proof of Concept. 

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