8th Virtualization Expo New York
My role allows me to speak with many different people (customers,
technologists, coworkers, administrators, etc). I've been able to see
presentations comparing the different desktop virtualization solutions out
there. One of the problems I see is that many of the solutions only focus
on one aspect of desktop virtualization, and that is the VDI model.
VDI is only one aspect of the entire desktop virtualization solution. This
is a concept that many fail to comprehend. For example, I attended Gartner
ITExpo and was amazed at how many people I talked to only thought about the
VDI scenario (you know VDI, allowing you to have a remote virtual desktop
running on a hypervisor in the data center). When I talked to people about
the other options, I could see their eyes light up.
If you are reading this and only know about the VDI version, the... (more)
8th Virtualization Expo in New York on Ulitzer
Have you experienced this before? You need an application to help you with a
project. You ask your manager if you can purchase the software and you get
approval. You go out and buy the software and install it onto your desktop
and away you go to do your job.
This is a common situation, one I've done myself on many occasions. These
applications make up the non-IT delivered application set of every
organization, and it is a massive list. This happens over and over again in
every organization and in every department. So when you hear ... (more)
Total power often leads to corruption. No, I'm not talking about business or
politics. I'm talking about desktops. Have you been in a meeting where
people talk about giving users admin rights to workstations. I have two words
for you... Be afraid... Be very afraid... OK that was 5 words, but the
point is clear. Be afraid.
Many of the challenges with the traditional, distributed desktop operating
environment are the lack of standard definitions and enforcement. Most
organizations strive for a secured and locked down desktop environment, but
over time users were granted excepti... (more)
One office with one type of desktop... Easy. Hundreds of offices with any
type and age of desktops... Difficult but not impossible.
Most organizations find themselves in the difficult camp. A user's desktop
can be completely different (in terms of hardware, resources, applications
and configuration) than the person sitting next to them doing a similar job.
As the environment includes users from different departments, in different
offices, with different requirements it becomes clear that the understanding
of the user topology for an organization is critical before one can create a... (more)
The user discussion doesn't just end with an understanding of the topology.
Desktop virtualization architecture will only get a users so far: access to a
virtualized desktop. If the virtualized desktop does not provide the required
experience in different scenarios, users will find ways of reverting back to
their traditional model or find a way to make life very difficult for you,
the architect of this less than stellar solution.
Trying to get these users back is challenging as the bad perceptions must be
changed and that takes time. Many of the missteps with regards to the user ... (more)