The Essentials Series: Important Questions in Implementing Virtual Desktops

by Greg Shields


For organizations that have embraced virtualization, virtual desktops can be a natural extension of the virtual infrastructure. Virtual desktops enable businesses to centralize their desktop infrastructure in the data center, dramatically improving remote access while retaining workspace personality.

Although the idea of virtual desktops and their associated business value is intriguing to many businesses, the implementation is a mystery. Where do you start? What technologies are crucial for success? How are others implementing them? By addressing these common questions, The Essentials Series: Important Questions in Implementing Virtual Desktops will help you understand why and where virtual desktops make sense for your IT environment.


Article 1: Where Do I Start with Virtual Desktops?

There is no single technology that defines a virtual desktop infrastructure. It is in fact a compilation of many technologies employed to create a singular solution for users. This first article begins the exploration of virtual desktop implementation by defining what a virtual desktop really is, helping you understand the types of virtual desktops that are commonly used today.

Article 2: What Technologies Are Critical for Virtual Desktop Success?

Unraveling the many technologies that go into a virtual desktop infrastructure can be problematic for even virtualization experts. From virtual platforms to zero-client endpoints that "receive" the desktop and everything in between, it can be difficult to keep straight the technology requirements. This second article discusses the technology behind virtual desktops, enabling you to make good decisions about how a virtual desktop architecture makes sense for your business.

Article 3: What Are Others Doing with Virtual Desktops?

The final step in recognizing the value of this new method of desktop support is in understanding where it fits. The use cases for virtual desktops are developing every day, and there are common solutions that make immediate sense for deployment. Through a series of generalized case studies, this final article explains how organizations in many different verticals have solved key problems through a virtual desktop infrastructure.