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If you haven't
considered Virtual Desktop Infrastructure or VDI for your
organization, you may want to do so. In the right situation, VDI
provides strategic value. It allows IT staffers to focus on server,
storage, and network infrastructure rather than expensive desktop
If you are
interested to learn more about VDI, its potential impact for your
enterprise, and solutions available from the leading VDI software
manufacturers (VMware, Citrix, and Microsoft), please contact PTS.
Anyone contacting us through this emailer will receive a
complimentary VDI assessment to help you understand the value VDI
may have for your organization.
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your thoughts by reaching out to me directly. If you have any
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to Consider Desktop Virtualization for Your Organization
this point in time, most of you have considered and/or implemented
some level of virtualization within your IT infrastructure. The most
common implementation consists of server virtualization, whereby an
organization establishes one or multiple host servers
as the physical server infrastructure. Then, virtual servers are run
on the single server, or cluster of host servers.
approach of establishing virtual desktop instances to replace the
traditional personal computer or workstation environment is still in
its infancy. Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) could be the
key to solving a wide array of problems, including the expense of
desktop management and the cost to upgrade or replace older desktops
running Microsoft Windows XP.
5 Reasons to Consider VDI*
- Windows 7/8 Migration. At
this point, you have been implementing Windows 7 to replace
dated Windows XP desktops. However, the cost of the migration
makes it worthwhile to look at VDI as an alternative,
particularly if the per-desktop hardware cost is significantly
- Workforce Mobility. Mobility
and accessibility are major driving forces today; people
everywhere are on the go and convenience is key. When you
separate the software (OS, applications, and data) from the PC
hardware, the hardware becomes an access device capable of
connecting you to that software. It's not just PCs
anymore; any device can seemingly access your
information or your desktop.
- Cost of VDI Has Dropped
Significantly. Early VDI solutions helped put
a spotlight on many of the challenges that needed to be
addressed. This opened the door for faster, perhaps more nimble
and more purpose-built, innovators to step in with second- and
now third-generation solutions. "Zero-client" VDI
solutions allow the desktop footprint to shrink significantly
along with the cost.
- Concerns Over Data
Security. Using VDI, the operating
system, applications, and data are separated from the VDI client
and centralized on servers. IT managers are able to simplify the
environment and maintain data on secure servers in their data
centers. The threat of a lost laptop or stolen desktop isn't as
great a worry since the data does not reside on the
- Centralized Support. With
VDI, a virus that hits a desktop is simple to contain and remove.
Just go ahead and reload the VDI instance and eliminate the
virus. Other traditional desktop support requirements (i.e.
software updates, hard disk defragmentation, etc.) are no longer
required, saving IT management the cost of desktop
Assessments & Pilots
VDI, it is an excellent idea to perform a strategic assessment. This
step allows you to consider the following:
- The end goal: What do you hope to
accomplish by implementing a VDI solution?
- The effect on enterprise applications:
What impact will VDI have on your line-of-business applications?
Do any off-the-shelf or custom applications need to change to
- Price per Desktop vs. Cost of Support:
Which is more critical to your business model? The volume and
cost per desktop for replacement or the cost of your desktop
Once you have
established the strategic elements above, your answers will help to
drive a VDI pilot. The pilot will allow you to confirm the best VDI
software solution for your particular requirement, test all required
applications within that environment, and allow critical users (test
pilots, so to speak) to help with the evaluation and, ultimately,
buy-in to the new environment.
Learn more about
PTS' Data Center
Virtualization Strategies & Assessment Services as well
as our array of VDI Solutions.
* Credited to Top 5 reasons to consider
VDI in 2011, Virtualization Report, David Marshall, InfoWorld, April
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