To VDI or Not to VDI?

Although not containing tons of information, it is refreshing to read an article on VDI that actually hits the nail on the head from a generalistic website like techworld.

To borrow from Shakespeare, many companies find themselves asking "to VDI or not to VDI?" The first step to determine if Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) is the right solution for your company is to identify exactly what VDI means for your organization.

VDI actually encompasses several types of delivery, but it is most commonly associated with what Gartner (NYSE: IT) classifies as hosted virtual desktops (HVDs). VDI can also include implementations of server-based computing (SBC), hosted shared desktops (HSDs and client-side virtualization. For the sake of simplicity, we will focus on the hosted virtual desktop model for VDI, since that is the most common assumption of a VDI deployment.

As a virtualization architect, I have been involved in numerous VDI implementations ranging from proof-of-concept projects to full production lifecycles. In the process of design and implementation engagements, one thing is clear: a well-defined list of use-case scenarios is paramount when choosing the proper solution. Some organizations may want VDI but don't need it, others may need it but don't understand it, and some may not know what they need. The question becomes how to determine if VDI is right for you -- or not.


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