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Virtual desktop infrastructure offers risks and rewards

Ed Tittel and Kim Lindros | Dec. 17, 2013
After years of false starts, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) products are here. They work, and if implemented correctly they can deliver substantial cost savings to enterprise IT shops. What are the risks and rewards involved in embarking on a VDI implementation for your organisation?

For those particular users, your organization could consider moving applications to the cloud, subscribing to Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), or virtualizing applications that can then run on any device or platform. VMware Horizon Workspace, part of the Horizon Suite, is one option to provide mobile workers with VDI.

Another possibility is a hosted VDI solution, also known as Desktop-as-a-Service. With DaaS, you host virtual desktops in the cloud, either in-house in a private cloud or through some third-party provider. The benefit of using a third party comes from offloading IT of the responsibility for maintaining back-end technology, such as load balancing, resource provisioning, and network problem-solving. Instead, IT can focus on managing clients, their virtual desktops and their applications.


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