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Desktop virtualization implementation toolkit for data center pros

Wish to implement desktop virtualization in your organization? There are several considerations to be made on the technology front as well as business front. A thorough knowledge of the hardware, software, licensing costs, and of the overall impact of the implementation on your organization’s business is imperative.

Through this quick guide, you will not only learn the benefits of desktop virtualization but also the missteps to avoid and the best practices to adopt. Also get a line on the common project challenges faced by the implementers. To help you better cope with your desktop virtualization journey, we have included a few real business case studies.

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Best practices, tips, and tricks

• Three VDI implementation loopholes to stay clear of

• Choosing the right delivery model for VDI

• Common VDI challenges faced by the implementers

• Why you should put your virtual desktops in the cloud

• How to win with VDI: Pay more to get more

• How to manage VDI traffic over the WAN

Storage tips for effective implementation

• Handy desktop virtualization wish list

• Solve VDI storage problems effortlessly

• Handy VDI storage configurations and allocations (Video)

• Understand VDI storage requirements

User case studies

• Sterlite’s VDI benefits revealed

• Geometrics desktop virtualization success story

• VDI for clinical care


Best practices, tips, and tricks 

Three VDI implementation loopholes to stay clear of

Desktop virtualization can be a boon if implemented correctly. However, there are a few VDI concerns to look out for. What are they? One of them is related to your organization’s hardware refresh cycles. What are the other issues? Our expert has listed out and explained the key mistakes to avoid when implementing desktop virtualization.

Choosing the right delivery model for VDI

Desktop virtualization provides desktop management benefits but infrastructure costs cut into the ROI. If you are trying to decide on the right desktop virtualization delivery model, from the data center or the cloud, consider these pros and cons.

Common VDI challenges faced by the implementers

Heard a lot about the benefits of desktop virtualization? Here’s your chance to acquaint yourself with the bottlenecks that may hamper a smooth implementation. Take a look at the commondesktop virtualization challenges faced by the implementers.

Why you should put your virtual desktops in the cloud

Are you thinking about putting your virtual desktops in the cloud? Access this tip to understand the pros and cons of on-premise VDI vs. cloud-hosted virtual desktops. Get in-depth insights on how desktop virtualization in the cloud might make sense.

How to win with VDI: Pay more to get more

This title may look like some vendor commercial, but with desktop virtualization that surely is the case. VDI doesn’t come cheap, but what you get for the money — high availability, remotedesktop access, and tight security — is all worth it. VDI guru Brian Madden justifies expensive desktop virtualization by elaborating its new features that aren’t available in traditional computers. 

How to manage VDI traffic over the WAN

For your VDI implementation to succeed, you have to understand how desktop virtualization traffic behaves over the WAN before deploying it to ensure an optimal end-user experience. Learn how desktop virtualization deployments increase the importance of the network in delivering business-critical information to end users.

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Storage tips for effective implementation 

Handy desktop virtualization wish list

Now that you have soaked in all the information on desktop virtualization and first hand user experience, here are some areas that desktop virtualization could improve in the coming year. Our expert puts out her desktop virtualization wish list and believes it’s only a matter of time before software vendors make at least some of these wishes a reality.

Solve VDI storage problems effortlessly

Facing desktop virtualization storage problems? Through this section, our experts offer tips on building storage architectures for desktop virtualization, and give opinions about the best storage products for virtual desktops.

Ready VDI storage configurations and allocations (Video)

Wish to avoid upped costs and boot storms due to VDI? Pay heed to proper desktop virtualization storage design and implementation as it is imperative for VDI success. This video webcast will help you gauge the storage requirements of your shop’s desktop virtualization project.

Understand VDI storage requirements

Even though desktop virtualization eases managerial responsibilities, proper planning is essential to mitigate storage bottlenecks, ensure performance and accommodate growth. This section will help you understand your virtual desktop storage requirements and manage storage for optimal performance.

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User case studies 

Sterlite’s VDI benefits revealed

Sterlite Technologies deployed desktop virtualization, and was rewarded with cost and energy gains. Access this case study to get all the implementation details of this initiative.

Geometrics desktop virtualization success story

Isn’t employee productivity one of your key concerns? Desktop virtualization enabled better manageability and increased flexibility for users at Geometric thus boosting their morale. Acquaint yourself with the challenges and benefits that geometric reaped through this implementation.

VDI for clinical care

What does a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) have to do with clinical care? Plenty, says Jake Hughes, the chief technical architect at Seattle Children's Hospital. Learn how the hospital, through an effective use of VDI, has helped its doctors to devote more time to patient-care than before.

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This was first published in January 2012

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