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The term 'VDI' has been in circulation since around 2005 and has been used to describe a large number of different technologies and ways of delivering client desktops. That variety has led to considerable confusion about what is necessary to deliver an economic, scalable solution. Hence this blog, which will look to: Discuss the architectures of desktop virtualization Look at the opportunities and challenges of the technology Show where product releases contribute to desktop virtualization In short we will be showing the way to sucessful desktop virtualization implementation and helping to reduce confusion. ... (more)

Accelerating the Move to Cloud-Based Client Computing

For a long time we have known that corporate use of PCs is inefficient and overly expensive: analysts estimate that a typical PC costs around three times as much as its purchase price to manage over the PC's lifetime. But, until recently, there has been little that organizations could do to change the situation while still delivering acceptable service. Virtualization has changed this in a number of important ways: the physical PC need no longer be the key delivery mechanism and, hence, images can be hosted pretty much anywhere. Essentially, we can host copies of a client operati... (more)

The VDI Chronicles – Desktop Virtualization

In the beginning was the PC and, while it was always a difficult platform to manage, let’s not forget what was good about it. PCs put computing in the hands of users and gave them great flexibility in how they worked and what they could do. It is certain that we would not have got to the interactive immersive environments we now take for granted if we had stuck to mini and mainframe computers. For a start the PC spurred the massive software industry we know today by creating a market for every kind of application. But there is no getting away from the fact that PC’s are a challeng... (more)

The Importance of Personalization in VDI

In just the last two months Gartner have published three documents that talk about the importance of Persistent Personalization, their term for a subset of User Environment Management (UEM). They have approached it from three different directions: One document looks at Persistent Personalization itself, one for hosted virtual desktops and one for client virtual desktops. As you would expect with three documents in such a short period of time there are some very solid pieces of information and some long shots. In this article I want to pull together the principal themes and clarif... (more)

Virtualization Conference & Expo East in New York City

A few months ago I presented at SYS-CON's International Virtualization Conference & Expo in New York. To anyone who has not been to one of these events I would thoroughly recommend them -good sessions and plenty of interesting conversations to be had in the corridors. My interview with Jeremy Geelan where we discuss desktop virtualization now and in the future has just been published. The video is available here: If that interests you, I will presenting at the Santa Clara International Virtualization Conference & Expo in November. Hope to see yo... (more)