Centralized virtual desktop (CVD) technology is an innovation receiving closer attention today as itspotential impact on IT departments and users becomes clearer. The push for client virtualization technologies originated with organizations that successfully implemented server virtualization. Now, customers are intrigued by the possibility of a better desktop management model. They're also drawn to the long-term operational savings that CVD can deliver. With the wide range of offerings, customers face a set of difficult decisions about the addressability and capabilities of each vendor's solution. This Technology Spotlight examines these issues as well as VMware View 5.1. Additionally, the paper offers recommendations for enterprises looking to implement CVD.