Author(s): Mark Bowker

Published: August 20, 2010

Desktop Virtualization Done Right

ESG research shows that desktop virtualization is quickly running up the priority list. While many desktop virtualization initiatives are the result of the success of server virtualization, the majority of deployments we see are led by a larger company-wide initiative to incorporate desktop virtualization into an overall desktop strategy. The first step is understanding the ideal candidates for your desktop virtualization initiatives and which technology is an ideal match for the user and the endpoint.

ESG sees a giant opportunity for companies to help match users with technology, choose the ideal desktop virtualization delivery model (BTW it won't always be VDI), choose the technology vendor(s), and then monitor the results (which include the end-user experience). Companies such as Liquidware Labs have already established a relationship with Dell Services to help address this exact scenario. These companies also see the value of being engaged early in the game and continuing to provide value as users transition and desktop virtualization becomes embraced by end-users and IT operations.

Tactical VDI deployments should not be considered successful desktop virtualization implementations. It takes a clear understanding of the current end-user community, their jobs and responsibilities, application usage, endpoint choices, and the right technology to successfully build desktop virtualization into your company's desktop strategy.

Read more of Mark's blog entries at Liquefying IT.


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Senior Analyst Mark Bowker focuses on all things related to enterprise mobility, virtualization, and cloud computing. Mark researches cloud and virtualization technologies and evaluates the impact the solutions have (or will have) on IT strategy and the broader marketplace. His other research areas include data center management, application workload deployment in next-generation data centers, and the external influences driving adoption of data center technologies. Prior to joining ESG, Mark ran the IT organization for a business consulting and technology services company. A Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, Mark is experienced in designing, implementing, and expanding network and system infrastructure for global organizations.

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