Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) is a hot topic

By Randy Littleson

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) is in
the news a lot right now. There’s this article “VMware CEO flags VDI adoption barriers” where he claims storage costs derail VDI projects. There’s
this video “Steve O’Donnell & Brian Madden – why VDI projects fail” that broadly discusses the source of failures and
recommendations to succeed. And then on a more promising note are these
articles: “Is Microsoft set to add hosted VDI to Azure?” and “Accelerating your BYOD strategy with VDI.

There’s a lot of momentum behind VDI today,
but it also can’t seem to get out from under the cloud of past
failures? Why all the failures? There are many reasons, but one key one
that sticks out is the faulty notion that VDI can be universally deployed to
large groups of disparate desktops and user communities. Like so many
technologies, VDI is good in some situations and bad in others, but too many
early projects took the approach that VDI should be used more broadly. This
is not surprising in that in some respects this followed the “standard image”
for desktops mindset that has dominated thinking for years. 

But, as IT moves to a more user-centric
computing model and looks to leverage new technologies like VDI, the mindset
needs to shift to selectively utilizing the technology only where it makes
sense. And, where it makes sense needs to be based on facts and data after
analyzing user communities that have common usage patterns. Doing a virtual desktop assessment to
analyze this data must be a part of the planning process to make informed,
fact-based decisions on who to consider leveraging VDI with. Once this is
done, the articles above offer a host of other great insights on best practices
to ensure a successful virtual desktop infrastructure deployment.

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