Data Storage: 10 Key Differences Between Desktop and Server Virtualization Deployments

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2009-11-23 Print this article Print
10 Key Differences Between Desktop and Server Virtualization Deployments

10 Key Differences Between Desktop and Server Virtualization Deployments

by Chris Preimesberger
With IT managers keeping tight control over technology budgets as the economy struggles to recover, enterprises are taking a close look at virtualized desktop implementations, or VDIs—known a few years ago as thin clients. Server virtualization has been well-chronicled as a way to consolidate IT resources to create pools of storage and computing power and use it all to better advantage. Both types of virtualization have excellent efficiency attributes, are cost- and power-efficient when used correctly, and are centrally controlled. But that's where the similarities end. Nonetheless, many people in the market still view server virtualization and desktop virtualization as having a similar architecture. In this slide show, we define the differences between the two types of virtualizations. Our information source is Leostream, a developer of virtual hosted desktop software, which provides the connection-broker apparatus required for enterprises to achieve useful large-scale desktop virtualization implementations.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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