Finding the Right Desktop Virtualization Tools

Successful server virtualization has many looking to desktop virtualization for OPEX (operation expenditure) reduction. As noted by Barry Phillips in this Sys-Con report, VDI is great for specific use cases but the infrastructure required for VDI has left most IT groups with sticker shock.

"Because it was the first Desktop Virtualization technology to market, VDI became synonymous with Desktop Virtualization. VDI was an evolution of server virtualization (in the case of VMware) or application virtualization (in the case of Citrix) to host and run Windows on a VM centrally instead of leveraging the local computational power of a laptop or desktop. VDI is great for a specific use case: users on a high speed LAN that have relatively static images and are using thin client devices. For the 98% of users that are on laptops and desktops, VDI is simply the wrong tool for the job.

"Users want the same or better PC experience as the PCs they are used to having. They want to use multimedia apps and they want to install their own apps, all while needing to operate over a WAN type of connection or disconnected from the network completely. This is especially the case as PCs become more and more powerful (Moore's Law) for essentially the same price."

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This article was originally published on September 26, 2011
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