We were thinking about the impact of different approaches to desktop virtualization in addition to VDI and we came across this interview from last week with Stuart Dommett, Business Development Manager at Intel, conducted by Tim Phillips of The Register in the U.K. Here are some interesting points:
Make sure you build the right infrastructure: One of the challenges of VDI and desktop virtualization in general is in understanding the impact and the costs on the rest of your infrastructure. No doubt you will need to bolster your networks and storage capacity, but how much? Dommett says you should go back and profile both your applications and your users in the context of: What tools do they need, what is their job and how are they going to work. “If a mistake is made, these are costly mistakes,” he warns. Not having the right infrastructure not only impacts you financially, but also in user costs and productivity.
VDI is one solution, but not the only one: IT decision-makers are looking at using a wide range of technologies, such as terminal servers and “baking it in with some VDI because of some specific needs or specific segments of their installed base. Desktop virtualization has grown further as understanding and tools have matured and developed. Application virtualization, or the ability to deliver applications into various environments, is opening up VDI, terminal services and is really pushing applications to endpoint devices.”
Has VDI been oversold: “VDI has its place within an environment, but you have to question why you’re doing it,” Dommett suggests. “With VDI you’re processing everything on the server. I’ve talked to some of my server colleagues and the question is why would you run a PC on the server? Is that the best use of your server performance? They don’t have spare capacity, so why would you go and put more and more into the data center? Why is that the best solution when what you can do is look at some of the techniques, centralizing your application, centralizing your image build, making sure your data is protected or kept within the environment through other types of client or desktop virtualization. We don’t have a true answer yet on the success of VDI. A lot of customers are going down that path and time will tell if it is the right investment or the mature model that will stay in the market for the next eight to ten years.”
What’s next: One of the big trends to watch is in the adoption of consumer products and how those technologies will end up impacting the whole area of client virtualization. However you call it, Dommett sees desktop virtualization as one of the two to three biggest trends for IT moving forward.
What do you think? Keeps those cards, letters, emails and comments rolling in.]]>