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January 2013

Exploring the future of desktop virtualization

Desktop virtualization technology still hasn’t surpassed the PC in terms of user experience, but it continues to mature and offer opportunities in application delivery and simplified management. This e-book looks at the state of virtual desktop adoption with a focus on new and forthcoming options. It explores potential opportunities and obstacles presented by the technologies that are slowly but surely changing the face of traditional IT.

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  • Options for virtual desktop technology: A state of the union

    Though keeping up with quickly evolving desktop virtualization technologies can be a challenge, the primary reason most virtual desktop projects fail is that organizations jump in without identifying the goals they need to achieve. To ensure a successful desktop virtualization initiative, it’s crucial that organizations start from the ground up. This e-book provides a critical overview of virtual desktops, their benefits and their drawbacks. Read on to secure your virtual desktop foundation and sharpen your expertise.

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  • DaaS vs. desktop virtualization: Pros and cons to consider

    Consumerization and mobile computing have pushed IT to look for desktop solutions that can enable worker mobility and allow on-demand access to critical applications. With the rise of cloud computing, however, hosted desktop services have emerged as an alternative to desktop virtualization. This e-book discusses where desktop virtualization and Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) diverge, outlining the differences in management and security that enterprises need to know before choosing a solution.

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  • About to buy guide: Thin clients

    This chapter takes a look at thin clients and zero clients, lightweight devices that could help organizations offset the expenses and management burdens of desktop virtualization. Features such as energy consumption, new devices vs. existing ones, and of course cost all figure into IT calculations of the best value for a particular set of users.

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  • The intersection of desktop virtualization and BYOD

    This chapter looks at how desktop virtualization technology can be applied to secure and manage multiple mobile devices governed under bring your own device policies.

    Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) and bring your own device (BYOD) policies are complementary elements of a modern endpoint management strategy. VDI can be used for application management, and IT can set BYOD policies to deal with a range of user-owned consumer devices. But VDI isn't a panacea, so administrators still need to keep aware of evolving issues such as security and licensing.

    IT professionals are always looking to get the most out of their existing infrastructure, but they may not have realized the connections between recent investments in desktop virtualization and BYOD. The ability to use VDI to help with BYOD and vice versa represents a growth area in related technologies and corporate best practices. IT admins and users must first navigate the technologies available and devise policies.

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