Develop a Desktop Virtualization Strategy
- ID: 1542249
- February 2011
- Info-Tech Research Group
Transform IT from asset management to service management.
- Desktop Virtualization adoption has more than doubled in less than two years and is approaching it’s full potential with new technology working for broader use cases.
- Many organizations are finding that there is more to Desktop Virtualization deployment than meets the eye, including how to keep TCO in check while delivering the same desktop experience to end users.
- It’s important to remember that Desktop Virtualization does not just mean VDI; look for hybrid options that leverage session (formerly Terminal Services) and application virtualization to maximize the benefits and potential cost savings.
- Desktop virtualization centralizes management of the desktop, improves data security, and increases flexibility for end users. But, it’s important to be realistic about the cost.
Impact and Result
- Look to desktop virtualization to ease management of desktops, improve data security, and increase user flexibility – but be realistic about the overall TCO.
Get to Action
1. Understand the different desktop delivery methods
Develop a strategy that will achieve maximum performance at a reasonable cost.
- Storyboard: Develop a Desktop Virtualization Strategy
2. Identify key enablers and potential shortcomings of DV
Decide whether desktop virtualization is a good fit for your organization.
- Desktop Virtualization Appropriateness Assessment Tool
3. Confirm the cost of DV deployment
Avoid unforeseen costs that could cause the project to fail.
- Desktop Virtualization TCO Calculator
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*Storyboard: Develop a Desktop Virtualization Strategy
Desktop virtualization redefines how desktop computer services are delivered, offering the best of both worlds: centralization plus full desktops for more types of users.
Use this research to:
- Understand desktop virtualization to expand the use cases beyond traditional task workers.
- Develop a strategy that leverages a hybrid virtualization model to keep costs down.
- Build the infrastructure from back-to-front to ensure you have met heightened storage, network and processing requirements.
- Assemble the best combination of talent to manage the virtual desktop environment.
- Optimize and configure the desktop image for optimal performance.
Develop a desktop virtualization strategy to simplify software management, bolster data security and increase user flexibility, but be sure to consider TCO and appropriateness carefully.
*Desktop Virtualization Appropriateness Assessment Tool
Many organizations that deploy desktop virtualization realize after the fact that the current state of their infrastructure is not sufficient to produce a user experience that is on par with traditional desktop PCs.
Based on your current environment, the tool will provide guidance around:
- Overall Appropriateness
- Key Motivators/Drivers to implementation
- Enablers & Inhibitors to deployment
Develop a thorough understanding of how desktop virtualization fits into your current environment to maximize the benefits while keeping costs on par with traditional desktop PCs.
*Desktop Virtualization TCO Calculator
Based on your current environment, this tool will help provide your organization with a TCO comparison for deployment of a fleet of PCs relative to virtual desktops. The tool takes numerous factors into account, including:
- Number of desktops/seats
- Projected growth
- User makeup
- DV licensing costs
- Microsoft Windows licensing costs
- Application licensing costs
- Energy and infrastructure/access device costs
- Staffing costs
- Server/storage requirements
Use this TCO calculator to gain a deeper understanding of the total costs involved in a virtual desktop implementation.