Open IT Forum: Pros & cons of VDI-in-a-box

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In the still maturing technology of desktop virtualization, VDI-in-a-box is heralded as a cost-effective solution for specific applications or users that can reap the benefits of virtualization. Are you currently deploying or considering deploying VDI-in-a-box? What are the pros & cons you've experienced? The best answers get 50 knowledge points toward our iPad contest!

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Virtual Desktop Infrastructure or VDI is a form of desktop virtualization. It is sometimes called “<i>Client Virtualization</i>”. The concept behind this CV is detach personal computer desktop environment from a physical machine using a client / server model of computing.
Using VDI-In-a-Box, it helps to make lower desktop support costs and greater uptime. Through centralized server, it is possible to hosting a desktop OS withing a VM, that supports VDI. As comparable with thin clients, it helps to reduce cost is purchasing desktop PC. For desktop virtualizations, tasks like assessing desktop computer hardware, deploying or patching or rather say, upgrading or updating desktop operating systems, updating antivirus signatures (like dat files etc.), securing data from outside hackers, and desktop support become more and more challenging jobs in today. With this VDI-In-a-Box, it helps to reduce desktop support expenses. There is ever application compatibility Problems are found rather than with Terminal Server as in case of single user OS. By using it is possible to deploy clients so quickly. It also has desktop image-management capabilities. More and more secure in case of remote access. But some negative approaches also there. That basically on Multimedia related (specially Audio bi-directional problem and video card also). Not only that, it may be required some 3rd party add-ons/ins or patch for proper printing solutions. Lack of skilled IT people and short of awareness also making problems. Also some loss of user autonomy and privacy problems exist there. For this purpose, there r mainly two products called Sun Virtual Desktop Infrastructure or SVDI and Kaviza VDI-in-a-box or KVDI which perform more or less same.
Here is very good <a href=”http://itknowledgeexchange.techtarget.com/IT-watch-blog/vdi-in-a-box-fast-food-virtual-desktops/”>Source</a> That helps to clear concepts. And for SunVDI, please visit <a href=”http://wikis.sun.com/display/VDI3/Home”>HERE</a>

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  • saturno
    Only a small contribution: For the scenarios that I usually see, VDI is hard to "sell" because of the dematerialization. In some environments, the lack of knowledge and perception that the user does not own or is the owner of the computer / information, sometimes makes it difficult the adoption of such technologies. It is up to us, IT enabled generation, making the population aware of the advantages of new approaches. Regards,
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