Desktops In Play? - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Hardware & Infrastructure
02:30 PM

Desktops In Play?

Can the popularity of server virtualization propel desktop virtualization into the fore?

Server Virtualization eases agging problems in the data center. Can its popularity propel desktop virtualization into the fore as well? And if so, will endpoint security be helped or hindered?

As we discuss in "Virtualization: Not Just for Servers Anymore,", vendors are hoping their Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, or VDI, offerings can ride the server consolidation wave right into the mainstream. They say VDI can make most enterprise desktop infrastructures leaner, more secure, and less expensive to deploy and manage. VMware, Hewlett-Packard, and IBM have desktop virtualization plays, as does Citrix Systems, especially since it announced plans to purchase Xen- Source. Microsoft, surprisingly, has no skin in this game, unless it changes course on Longhorn's virtualization capabilities.

Under the covers, VDI isn't much different from server virtualization. Key benefits lie in management techniques and features, such as resource pools and connection brokers. VDI replicates a user's desktop experience, encapsulating resources for easier management and increased security. For example, sensitive applications or data could be deployed on a need-to-know basis to select users, and virtualized desktops are by default isolated, so the risk of an attacker gaining access is lessened. The standardization VDI imposes also means easier patching.

All good news for IT; however, we just don't see VDI being an easy sell in most organizations. To make it work, you'll need a solid justification, a controlled deployment methodology, and a realistic picture of benefits vs. limitations so you can educate users.

Continue to the sidebar:
Google's Gotcha

Return to the story:
Virtualization Security Heats Up

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
State of the Cloud
State of the Cloud
Cloud has drastically changed how IT organizations consume and deploy services in the digital age. This research report will delve into public, private and hybrid cloud adoption trends, with a special focus on infrastructure as a service and its role in the enterprise. Find out the challenges organizations are experiencing, and the technologies and strategies they are using to manage and mitigate those challenges today.
Future IT Teams Will Include More Non-Traditional Members
Lisa Morgan, Freelance Writer,  4/1/2020
COVID-19: Using Data to Map Infections, Hospital Beds, and More
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  3/25/2020
Enterprise Guide to Robotic Process Automation
Cathleen Gagne, Managing Editor, InformationWeek,  3/23/2020
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Current Issue
IT Careers: Tech Drives Constant Change
Advances in information technology and management concepts mean that IT professionals must update their skill sets, even their career goals on an almost yearly basis. In this IT Trend Report, experts share advice on how IT pros can keep up with this every-changing job market. Read it today!
White Papers
Twitter Feed
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Sponsored Video
Flash Poll