• Uncovering the virtues of virtual desktops

    Posted July 1, 2014 - 1:52 pm

    Can you name a single activity that consumes more IT staff time and presents more potential exposure to enterprise security risks than maintaining desktop and laptop computers across the enterprise? Despite the widespread use of remote desktop management tools, administrators must periodically descend upon offices and cubicles to upgrade or troubleshoot PCs.
  • CIO turns to data analytics to hunt down VDI ghost

    Posted May 30, 2014 - 11:11 am

    A few years ago, Seattle Children's Hospital embraced virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) in a big way. Not long after, an elusive "ghost in the machine" began causing major headaches for the IT organization, says CIO Wes Wright.
  • VMware extends Horizon beyond virtual desktop infrastructure

    Posted April 9, 2014 - 4:50 pm

    VMware is about to release a new version of its Horizon VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure) software that will allow administrators to manage VDI and non-VDI deployments in a unified manner, by using multiple VMware technologies.
  • VMware releases Virtual SAN software defined storage system

    Posted March 13, 2014 - 1:14 pm

    Targets VDI deployments as plan to virtualize entire data center continues.
  • Desktop as a service solves some, but not all virtualization issues

    Posted December 17, 2013 - 9:00 am

    Cisco is the latest to make an announcement in the market, offering a new desktop-as-a-service platform for service providers
  • Virtual desktop infrastructure offers risks and rewards

    Posted December 16, 2013 - 1:03 pm

    After years of false starts, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) products are here. They work, and if implemented correctly they can deliver substantial cost savings to enterprise IT shops. What are the risks and rewards involved in embarking on a VDI implementation for your organization?
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    10 top tests of 2013

    Posted December 11, 2013 - 1:45 pm

    We tested hundreds of products in 2013, but here are our top 10 tests of the year.
  • VDI technology better, faster and cheaper, but adoption still slow

    Posted September 25, 2013 - 12:11 pm

    Virtual desktop infrastructure has come a long way since the terminal service days of the 1960s. Heck, VDI has come a long way since the 2000s thanks to plummeting prices for clients, better graphics cards and improved administration. By and large, though, VDI deployments remain more of a niche solution.
  • Cisco, EMC coalition supports Oracle, VDI

    Posted September 17, 2013 - 11:34 am

    VCE, the data center-focused joint venture formed by Cisco and EMC/VMware, this week rolled out converged infrastructure systems designed to support the latest technology from the founding companies as well as specialized offerings for Oracle and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) environments.
  • VMware: Win7 can cost more than twice as much on PCs than on virtual desktops

    Posted September 3, 2013 - 1:20 pm

    VMware says enterprises migrating to Microsoft Windows 7 can save a bundle by using virtual-desktop infrastructure technology rather than standalone PCs.
  • VMware, Citrix and Microsoft virtual desktops get encryption security

    Posted August 21, 2013 - 3:20 pm

    AFORE Solutions today announced encryption software aimed at securing data in virtualized environments where Microsoft Windows applications are used, including virtualized desktop infrastructure deployments based on VMware, Citrix or Microsoft VDI.
  • Devon IT's flash drive can turn TV, monitor into thin client

    Posted August 6, 2013 - 1:09 pm

    Devon IT today said that later this month it will begin shipping its USB memory stick, which plugs into an HDMI monitor or display and allows it to be used as a virtual desktop computer.
  • Microsoft releases Windows 8.1 Enterprise preview with VDI, Windows to Go support

    Posted July 30, 2013 - 9:10 pm

    On Tuesday, Microsoft announced the preview version of Windows 8.1 for enterprises, bringing all of the functionality of Windows 8.1 to big business, with specific improvements for enterprises.
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    Citrix edges VMware, Microsoft in VDI face-off

    Posted July 17, 2013 - 2:21 pm

    BYOD adds complexity to hosted VDI implementations.
  • Can BYOD breathe new life into the virtual desktop?

    Posted July 10, 2013 - 9:31 pm

    Seattle Children's Hospital isn't your typical BYOD story. Its mobile device strategy isn't bound by onerous user policies and monitoring software. Rather, the hospital's CIO reports an interesting twist: BYOD is resuscitating ill-fated virtual desktop infrastructure technology.
  • Lessons learned in my virtual desktop integration (VDI) deployment

    Posted May 20, 2013 - 8:39 pm

    As the IT infrastructure manager at Digital Intelligence Systems LLC (DISYS), an IT solutions company, I recently initiated the build-out of a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) to support our large mobile workforce, and learned some important lessons along the way that may help smooth the way for your VDI rollout.
  • Just because you can, doesn't mean you should virtualize the entire desktop

    Posted March 4, 2013 - 10:28 am

    Although virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is well recognized, up until now, the technology has over-promised and under-delivered. Many IT departments, lured by better resource utilization and cost savings, have had their fingers burnt as a consequence of adopting a 'lock stock and barrel' approach to VDI projects. For many companies, the project has actually negatively affected users' ability to do their jobs, in turn resulting in outright rejection of the implementation.
  • Flash storage offers fast path to VDI, better app performance

    Posted February 19, 2013 - 3:17 pm

    As traditional storage environments hinder application performance and increase latency, enterprises are turning to flash storage to improve performance and implement virtual desktop infrastructure. More widespread use of flash storage, though, may require vendors to be flexible with their pricing.
  • Survey: U.S. falls behind on user-centered BYOD

    Posted February 14, 2013 - 8:29 am

    Singapore leads the way in allowing users to own an untethered mobile device, according to a survey of 1,500 users in 10 countries by Dell; U.S. corporations lead on using VDI to control data on those devices.
  • The growing importance and network impact of VDI

    Posted February 11, 2013 - 11:13 am

    If virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) was a racehorse, it would be one to back. Gartner predicts that hosted virtual desktop (HVD) deployments will reach 15% of professional desktop users by 2014 and Visiongain estimates that the value of the global cloud-based VDI market will reach $11 billion in 2012. But VDI places significant strain upon the WAN due to the amount of data being transferred between the server and the desktop. If the network is unable to provide adequate performance to applications, they are likely to perform poorly, or fail completely.
  • Microsoft sabotages Windows-via-the-cloud services

    Posted February 8, 2013 - 12:15 pm

    Desktop as a service becomes more attractive to cloud providers and users -- but Microsoft wants nothing to do with it.
  • VDI growth brings need for endpoint protection for virtualization

    Posted December 3, 2012 - 2:31 pm

    Aiming to help IT administrators manage security for physical and virtual desktops from a single pane of glass, Symantec joins the ranks of enterprise security providers optimizing their endpoint security offerings for virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI).
  • School district opts for VDI in computer labs

    Posted November 26, 2012 - 12:19 pm

    As technical director for the Rocori School District in Stearns County, Minn., Brian Michalski was looking into virtual desktop infrastructure as a way to cut costs in the schools' 13 computer labs.
  • Virtual desktops: User tips from the trenches

    Posted October 22, 2012 - 7:35 am

    The lure of virtual desktop infrastructure - less costs for endpoints, reduced power requirements, lower management costs, better security - is compelling but mastering the environment is tricky, say users that have embraced the technology.
  • Dell joins the ranks of systems pre-configured for VDI

    Posted September 3, 2012 - 9:22 am

    Dell and VMware have partnered to offer a rack-mountable pre-configured system to support VDI environments.

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