What Is Desktop Virtualization? IT Handbook

Feb 18, 2011

Download One of the hottest virtualization trends is the virtual desktop infrastructure. In VDI, user's desktops exist as virtual machines (VMs) that are hosted on a network server. Users connect to these VMs using a thin-client component placed on their desktops.

Some of VDI's major benefits include: Centralized desktop management, Rapid client deployment, Improved security, Lower support costs, The ability to purchase lower-cost desktops or "dumb" terminals, Extended useful lifespan for desktop hardware.

As the IT community begins to realize all of these benefits, VDI vendors continue to battle for market dominance. And alliances are being formed to help certain companies get an edge over others.