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Valmont Industries initially deployed a virtual desktop infrastructure on thin clients to cut repair response time in its manufacturing facilities and lower the total cost of ownership for its systems. The company, which manufactures lighting, traffic, and utility poles as well as irrigation equipment, got all that from VDI, but its users complained of performance problems. So Valmont turned to 5- and 6-year-old computers that it was about to discard and used VDI to turn them into kiosks. The older computers provide video processing that outperforms thin clients, and they also have multi-monitor capabilities that the thin clients don't have. On top of those advantages, they eliminate the cost of recycling the computers, lower capital costs, and provide a greener footprint for the company.
Multicloud Infrastructure & Application ManagementEnterprise cloud adoption has evolved to the point where hybrid public/private cloud designs and use of multiple providers is common. Who among us has mastered provisioning resources in different clouds; allocating the right resources to each application; assigning applications to the "best" cloud provider based on performance or reliability requirements.
This inaugural episode of Business Matters explores the subject of leadership with former Air Force Brigadier General John Michel, the Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer and President of MV International.