Virtualization

The Tactical Realities of Building a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

Date Added: Jan 2013
Format: PDF

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) has made the transition from global strategy to a practical reality with the development of advanced best practices. These progressive strategies enable IT organizations to start small, and then scale to suit users’ needs and enterprise demands.

VDI is now recognized as providing a highly flexible infrastructure with smaller barriers to implementation than previously thought. The “start small and build out as needed” position adapted by VDI providers is finding great success due to two tactics:

VDIs are now built from the outside-in, with the needs of users and the ways in which they use applications as primary concerns. This is in contrast to earlier inside-out VDI strategies that focused on the data center, not the user. Leading VDI partners such as HP are enabling scalability to meet user demand by building platforms around a modular architecture incorporating Performance Optimized Datacenters, or PODs. These hardware platforms are ready to deploy in just days, not weeks or months. It’s easy to see the flexibility and improved ROI that result from this tactic.