Virtual desktop deployment News
February 20, 2017
City Harvest uses Cisco HyperFlex for its back-end infrastructure to power VDI so the nonprofit can feed 1.4 million people in New York.
May 27, 2016
IT pros at Citrix Synergy 2016 talk about the challenges they've run into with desktop and application virtualization. At the top of the list: calculating whether VDI will provide a big enough return on investment.
December 04, 2015
Check out our Hot Techs for 2016! For the past 13 years, we've honored the best and brightest technologies for the upcoming year. And as always, we are proud to present a batch of technologies we believe will make a big impact on data storage market technology. As in years past, most of our hot techs are "newish" rather than futuristic, because we want to focus on technologies that are mature and generally available.
Implementing VDI is one of those IT projects that's tough to execute in the real world. The primary roadblock to user adoption is the performance of the virtual desktop, and most of these performance problems are directly linked to the storage infrastructure. In this issue, you'll get practical advice on deploying storage to support virtual desktops.
And, surveys continue to indicate many organizations are still not confident in their ability to restore normal business operations quickly following a disaster. In spite of statistics that tell us every minute of downtime costs thousands, many shops haven't established a plan that they can rely on. In this issue, you'll learn best practices for BC/DR planning that are frequently overlooked.
October 07, 2013
Speakers and attendees at Interop shared several interesting facts and figures about desktop virtualization deployment.
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A few performance hiccups are all it takes for users to lose their cool with VDI. Fortunately, VDI monitoring tools can help IT pinpoint and fix issues. Continue Reading
Using converged and hyper-converged infrastructure for desktop virtualization can reduce hardware compatibility problems and ease management. Converged infrastructure gives IT shops the opportunity to buy their entire hardware stack all at once. They can also add a software management layer and tightly integrate those components with hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI). HCI platforms are perfect for virtual desktop infrastructure because they simplify hardware purchasing, they're scalable, and shops know the pieces will work together because they're all from the same vendor. But with that simplicity comes some necessary back-end changes; it takes fewer people to manage fewer parts. Companies considering deploying VDI on CI or HCI must think about the personnel, expertise and management requirements that come with the pod-style platforms, and they should scrutinize vendor offerings. Continue Reading
The number of implementations of VDI in healthcare facilities is expected to keep growing in the coming years, thanks to recent strides made in the virtualization market. Continue Reading
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The difference between nonpersistent and persistent virtual desktops is more than just three letters. From deployment to storage, IT pros need to know the available options. Continue Reading
For smaller companies, workspace tools, which bring users' resources into one access point, can work as VDI brokers. VMware and Citrix offer options, as well as some other vendors. Continue Reading
Virtual desktops change the traditional licensing game. Office 365 typically allows for five device installs, but the rules are different in an Office 365 VDI deployment. Continue Reading
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IT admins can use VDI monitoring to gain X-ray vision into their VDI deployments. These tools help strengthen the user experience and pinpoint problem areas. Continue Reading
Planning for VDI capacity is daunting. There are certain measures IT can take to better prepare, such as estimating resources and determining workflows. Continue Reading
To keep users happy in VDI deployments IT must measure and monitor what the user experience is truly like. That means looking beyond the infrastructure itself. Continue Reading
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Setting up Office 365 generally involves multiple devices. With nonpersistent VDI, the rules of the game change for IT admins. Continue Reading
Hyper-converged infrastructure makes delivering virtual desktops easier, because all the back-end resources -- including central management software -- run together in one isolated, tightly integrated location. Continue Reading
Checking for configuration compliance is a time-consuming job, but administrators need to make sure virtual desktops don't drift too far away from their organization's preferred settings. Continue Reading