Virtualization Technology: Typical VDI Deployments: 10 Negative Issues That Vendors Don`t Advertise
There is a tremendous value proposition in desktop virtualization for reducing operational expenses through centralizing desktop image management in the data center. In fact, after about 12 years in the doldrums as a "promising technology, there finally is growing interest in VDI (Virtual Desktop Interface) as an alternative to traditional client-server enterprise deployments. As a result, a number of high-profile companiesalong with some high-quality but lesser-known newcomersare competing for that business. In standard VDI setups, IT is able to manage one copy of Windows and one application copy centrally, instead of a separate copy of Windows and a copy of each application on thousands of individual PCs. However, as they look deeper into a potential VDI deployment, enterprise customers are discovering that there are some issues with it that are preventing efficient widespread deployment. Thus, it's a good idea for organizations considering deploying VDI systems to look into all the implications for and against. Caveat: The information in this slide show comes from virtual desktop software provider Wanova, which takes an unusual approach to desktop virtualization. Wanova's Mirage client enables all computers on a network to be virtualized and managed through one centralized, on-premise server portal. Read on.
Addresses Only a Small Market
VDI technology generally assumes users will work on a high-speed LAN that has relatively static desktop images with a limited number of applications and are using thin-client devices. Analysts report that 410 million PCs were shipped in 2010 as opposed to 6 million thin clients.