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IT Management

Implementing Desktop Virtualization

by David Davis

SYNOPSIS

Since the creation of the traditional desktop computer, administrators and end users alike have appreciated the computing power but have been frustrated by the associated expense, complexity, and security issues that result from desktops used in the enterprise. These issues are caused not from lack of investment by the business or lack of effort by administrators but simply by how desktop computers are designed.

There is a better way! This series introduces you to the solution: desktop virtualization. With desktop virtualization, administrators deliver end user desktops as a managed service from the company data center. For those in IT, the thought of offering controlled and reliable services from the data center is a comforting feeling and a solution to the problems with traditional desktops.


CHAPTER PREVIEWS

Article 1: Introduction to Desktop Virtualization for the IT Pro

Implementing desktop virtualization is one of the best moves an organization can make, as it offers so many benefits for desktop admins, end users, and companies as a whole. Built on top of a solid virtual infrastructure and hypervisor, a VDI setup utilizes a VDI broker to connect end user devices to their virtualized desktops. As not all VDI solutions are equal, you’ll want to make sure that the solution you choose offers advanced features such as a robust display protocol, persona management, and advanced storage features. Additionally, keep in mind that VDI is not only a technology solution but also a business solution. As part of your VDI proof of concept, you’ll want to ensure that you achieve business buy-in. That business buy-in will be crucial as you deploy VDI across your organization.


Article 2: Ensuring Desktop Virtualization Success

Everyone’s experience with desktop virtualization will be different. Your experience will begin by assessing your current infrastructure and then, very likely, using an assessment tool. It’s not enough just to understand the efficiency benefits of desktop virtualization. You must also analyze the potential financial gain for your company using ROI and TCO calculations.


Article 3: Implementing Desktop Virtualization, Step by Step

When making the move to desktop virtualization, there are a number of considerations you need to take into account. This article starts with the top-four considerations before delving into a step-by-step implementation plan.