Virtualization Technology: Typical VDI Deployments: 10 Negative Issues That Vendors Don`t Advertise

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-07-25 Email Print this article Print
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 companies—along with some high-quality but lesser-known newcomers—are 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.
Addresses Only a Small Market
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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