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Sep 17 2008   10:13AM GMT

VMworld 2008: VD2422: Offline VDI

MikeLaverick MikeLaverick Profile: MikeLaverick

This was a VMware presented session with VMware’s Virtual Desktop Manager 3.0 new feature of offline VDI. Now, offline VDI sounds like a contradiction in terms, but what’s meant is synchronizing your remote virtual desktop so it runs locally. You checkin and checkout your virtual machine to download and upload it to the VDM environment. It would be great hear at the Venetian given the Wifi is too intermittent for using Citrix or VDI!

The download time seems the biggest issue. It’s not a streamed destkop but a downloaded one. Sure only the blocks that contain data are downloaded, and after the first download – only changes are synch’d back. That’s all to the good – but the initially download even with broadband links is not going to be pretty. I imagine most people would not want to put a TTL on that download – to prevent the need to re-download the desktop.

Anyway, all in a good a feature – it’s pleasing to see VDM is maturing.

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