Questions About Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

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This presentation discusses some common questions about virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and was given at an event hosted by Sage Technology Group in Minnepolis, MN, on October 25, 2010.

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Questions About Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

  1. 1. 1© Copyright 2010 EMC Corporation. All rights reserved. Questions About Virtual Desktop Infrastructure An informal discussion of VDI, where it is today, and where it might be headed
  2. 2. 2© Copyright 2010 EMC Corporation. All rights reserved. Agenda • Who am I? • What’s driving VDI adoption? • What are some of VDI’s challenges? • How can we address the challenges of VDI? • Where is VDI heading? • What else would you like to know?
  3. 3. 4© Copyright 2010 EMC Corporation. All rights reserved. What’s driving VDI adoption?
  4. 4. 5© Copyright 2010 EMC Corporation. All rights reserved. “In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” Albert Einstein
  5. 5. 6© Copyright 2010 EMC Corporation. All rights reserved. Factors Pushing IT Orgs Toward VDI • Windows 7 migrations • Hardware refresh costs • Operational complexity due to client patching, application deployments and updates, hardware “break and fix” • Data confidentiality • Backing up data on client systems
  6. 6. 7© Copyright 2010 EMC Corporation. All rights reserved. What are some of VDI’s challenges?
  7. 7. 8© Copyright 2010 EMC Corporation. All rights reserved. “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” Albert Einstein
  8. 8. 9© Copyright 2010 EMC Corporation. All rights reserved. Roadblocks Impeding VDI Deployments • Business justification • Understanding user requirements • Infrastructure costs – Endpoint cost and endpoint management – Back-end infrastructure expenses, especially storage • End user experience • Operational challenges
  9. 9. 10© Copyright 2010 EMC Corporation. All rights reserved. How can we address the challenges of VDI?
  10. 10. 11© Copyright 2010 EMC Corporation. All rights reserved. “Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them. ” Albert Einstein
  11. 11. 12© Copyright 2010 EMC Corporation. All rights reserved. Potential Solutions to VDI’s Challenges Challenge Potential Solution End-user experience • New display protocols like PCoIP and HDX • Hardware acceleration for display protocols Compute density • Increasing CPU core count • Expanded memory functionality • Higher supported VM densities Storage capacity and performance • Space-conservative desktop clones • Intelligent storage tiering • Deduplication of user data Virtual desktop protection • Virtualization-optimized solutions such as vShield Endpoint • A/V offloading to storage arrays Virtual desktop image management • Space-conservative desktop clones • Application virtualization like ThinApp or App-V
  12. 12. 13© Copyright 2010 EMC Corporation. All rights reserved. Where is VDI headed?
  13. 13. 14© Copyright 2010 EMC Corporation. All rights reserved. “Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions. ” Albert Einstein
  14. 14. 15© Copyright 2010 EMC Corporation. All rights reserved. Future Directions for VDI • New form factors are revitalizing interest in VDI iPad photo courtesy of Apple, Inc. • Client hypervisors could reshape how we view desktop virtualization
  15. 15. 16© Copyright 2010 EMC Corporation. All rights reserved. What else would you like to know?
  16. 16. 17© Copyright 2010 EMC Corporation. All rights reserved. THANK YOU

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