Many of you might have already seen the tweet about the new podcast with Eric Perkins and Michael Keen (Alliance Technologies).  This was a great discussion around desktop virtualization and the challenges and obstacles facing organizations who venture down this route.  These two guys have a lot of experience in the application, server and desktop virtualization space.  During the discussion, I came away with the following points:

  1. Hosted Virtual Desktops (VDI) are not the only solution, which was the basis for Eric’s blog posting the other week where he discussed his concerns.  HVD is just one part of a much larger piece of the desktop virtualization puzzle. 
  2. If you are doing a HVD model, you need to have a firm grasp of server virtualization.
  3. You need to have a deep understanding of your users, their requirements, and their level of activity on the workstation or else you will over or under allocate resources.  Michael mentioned that LiquidwareLabs Stratusphere product is a great solution for gathering this information from your users.
  4. The term VDI MUST DIE.  VDI does not explain the entire realm of desktop virtualization even though people use it as such.
  5. Although the hosted virtual desktop model is not the only type of desktop virtualization option, it does make sense in certain use cases: education and branch offices for example (although I think the International Space Station is the epitome of branch offices.

Anyone who is interested in doing desktop virtualization should listen to this podcast to make sure you are approaching the solution correctly and not simply applying the one-size-fits-all model.

I personally thought this was an interesting discussion.  Michael, Eric and I are eager to hear your thoughts, so please leave comments. 

Daniel

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