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How to avoid common VDI deployment problems interviewed virtualization expert Mike Nelson during BriForum 2010 about some of the most common things that enterprises deal with in their first virtual desktop deployment projects.

See how he thinks IT pros can avoid these problems.

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How to avoid common VDI employment

Bridget Bothelo: Hey. I am Bridget Botelho, here at BriForum in Chicago. I am a writer for, and we are here with Mike Nelson, a virtualization expert. He just gave a session and he is going to tell us a little bit about some common issues that occur when you are piloting virtual desktops, to implementing them. What are some common stumbling blocks that occur when an enterprise are taking that first step?

Mike Nelson:  In my experience, couple of ones that I have recently encountered were the enterprise does not really understand or does not take the time to understand what type of users they are going to be impacting, and users that they are actually going to be working with, whether they are off-shore users, different type of task working users, things like that. That was one of the big stumbling blocks, and tore down the whole VDI initiative.

Bridget Bothelo: Right. People are expecting that they will have a personalized experience, and are not getting that, or their pilots fail because their expectations are improper.

Mike Nelson:  Also, from the IT perspective, maybe they are not so much in tune with what their users are doing. In larger organizations, it is very difficult to understand what every user is doing. Also, applications have been a big stumbling block, in terms of whether or not an application will, number one, function at all on a virtualized environment, or the ability to change applications to match your environment.

For instance, if you are using an application that is so much overhead, that running it on a virtualized environment is just way too much, so taking the initiative and maybe looking at different options of changing that application.

Bridget Bothelo: How does one prevent those issues?

Mike Nelson:  Planning, really. That is the key, I always say. A lot of companies, and a lot of IT shops do not like to put the investment or the resources into planning, and that is really becoming a big stumbling block, because you have to plan for this stuff. When VDI first came out, when it first was recognized in the industry about a year ago, that actually was the first thing like, ‘Ooh, whiz, bang wow,’ kind of cool stuff, and they do not even expect it to actually really explode until 2011. If you think about it, even the big names, Burton Group, Gartner, and all those other folks, are saying, ‘Hey, a lot of people are going to have to redeploy. They are going to have to tear down what they created and then redeploy it because they did not quite do it the first time, or they did not plan well enough.’ To me, bottom line, it is still new, it is still fresh. There are a lot of vendors that are still coming up with great ideas.

Bridget Bothelo: Yes, so do your homework.

Mike Nelson:  Absolutely, absolutely.

Bridget Bothelo: Thanks so much, Mike. I appreciate your time.

Mike Nelson:  Thank you.

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