Still, potential VDI benefits are many: thin clients can improve log-in times, reduce staffing and hardware costs, and allow storage administrators to support remote users as if they're local.
In this special report on VDI technology, learn how VDI storage works and how to handle the challenges you may encounter when implementing VDI in your environment. We'll tell you how to correctly construct a VDI project plan and what applications are best suited to VDI technology. Then check out our pricing information to find out whether $40-per-desktop VDI licensing is a practical goal. Finally, get the low-down on how to address VDI storage challenges with data deduplication and NAS storage systems.
Storage experts and early adopters of virtual desktop infrastructures advise data storage administrators to lay out a detailed implementation plan that includes a test program. Read what they have to say about the technology, some of the issues they confronted in their own implementations and other details you need to consider when constructing a VDI project plan.
Many data storage vendors claim they can enable VDI technology for under $40 a desktop, but some users and industry experts say that price isn't realistic unless you're deploying VDI across thousands of desktops. We offer real-world, bottom-line assessments on VDI licensing.
Storage administrators can run into a number of problems with VDI technology. Ray Lucchesi, president at Broomfield, Colo.-based Silverton Consulting, offers ideas for using deduplication and NAS storage for VDI implementations, as well as technical tips for getting started. Read the Q&A transcript or listen/download the podcast on how to address VDI storage challenges.
This was first published in October 2010