October 9, 2012 12:00 pm

Virtualization beyond VDI

As the technology continues to mature, it’s no surprise that organizations are adopting, or considering, Virtual Desktop Infrastructures (VDI) to increase security, streamline management capabilities and support the “bring your own device” (BYOD) trend. Almost every customer that I speak with is looking for ways to leverage desktop virtualization in their Windows XP migration process, particularly in terms of delivering the desktop, applications and user experience. What I often hear is that while they are aware of the wide “variety” of virtualization approaches available, many organizations still may not truly understand what they need in a virtualization solution.

After discussing various business scenarios and user requirements, these IT decision makers quickly recognize that VDI has a place in their strategy, but it is not a “one size fits all” solution. As IDC states in their most recent white paper and research entitled Myths and Realities of Centralized Virtual Desktop Adoption¹,”CVD² is not the beginning or the end of client virtualization. Where CVD stops being a good deployment option, technologies such as virtual user session can be a wise decision. Other technologies such as application virtualization and user state virtualization can be complementary or can be deployed more broadly across an organization because they do not require a constant network connection or involve high up-front costs.”

Microsoft offers all of these options through a single platform that hosts Microsoft VDI using three deployment scenarios – session based, pooled, or personal desktops – allowing organizations to customize the best virtual desktop deployment for their business requirements. Outside of VDI, Microsoft has technologies including App-V 5.0, UE-V, RemoteApp and Windows ThinPC to provide even more choices for organizations to take advantage of desktop virtualization in their environments.

For businesses that have decided on VDI as the ideal solution, we have some exciting news regarding the Remote Desktop Protocol 8.0 Update for Windows 7. Once the RDP 8.0 Update is released later this month, it will apply to all Windows 7 SP1 instances; this includes your laptop or desktop device, as well as a Windows 7 SP1 virtual machines hosted in the datacenter and accessed through Microsoft VDI with Windows Server 2012. The RDP 8.0 Update will allow both the access device and the virtual machine being accessed to benefit from the same great enhancements in RemoteFX with Windows Server 2012. Additional detail about Remote Desktop Protocol 8.0 Update is available here.

I encourage you to take some time to review Myths and Realities of Centralized Virtual Desktop Adoption to learn more about how to customize desktop virtualization solutions to best fit the needs of your business. Additional details about Microsoft Virtualization technologies can be found here. As always, we love to hear from you. Drop a comment below and share your virtualization implementation experiences and scenarios.

¹Disclosure: This IDC whitepaper was sponsored by Microsoft

²Note that IDC refers to VDI as Centralized Virtual Desktop, or CVD.

Updated November 8, 2014 1:19 am