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  • Develop your criteria for selecting VDI software

    Learn about the latest options for VDI platforms and get an overview of the vendors and products that IT has to choose from. Also, get more information about the decision-making process when determining if you need VDI, and whether you should choose ... 

  • What it takes to make zero clients add up

    This chapter looks at the major considerations in making a final decision on whether to move an organization's desktops to zero clients. Cost, return on investment and vendor choice are among the most essential factors to be weighed. The chapter also... 

  • Find the best route to deliver application virtualization

    IT no longer needs to deliver full desktops to users; instead, most users require access to only certain applications. So, IT needs to determine the best way to deliver those apps, and application virtualization is one option. This IT handbook will c... 

  • More than nothing, a zero client simplifies the desktop

    This chapter provides a detailed examination of what zero clients are, how they work, what their primary benefits might be and where their key limitations are to be found. An important part of this chapter’s discussion is how zero clients differ from... 

  • Zero-client computing

    The zero-client computing e-book series delves into essential aspects of how virtual desktop services can be provided with as little configuration as possible. Many vendors sell zero clients that do not in fact require zero configuration, so definiti... 

  • Weighing storage options for VDI

    Don't make assumptions about how to best architect storage for your virtual desktop infrastructure -- plan carefully by weighing the pros and cons of different types of storage. 

  • Storage hardware for VDI

    Virtual desktops require a lot of storage. Here are some hardware-based storage products and storage appliances that may work well in your VDI environment. You'll also want to consider capacity planning as you design your environment. 

  • Architecting storage for virtual desktop environments

    Virtual desktop infrastructure can be extremely demanding of I/O. And while you can reduce I/O overhead by providing each virtual desktop with sufficient RAM, you can't reduce it to the point that it becomes a non-issue.

    This e-book will... 

  • 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) ... 

  • Building a reliable virtual desktop

    Server-based virtual desktop infrastructure holds the promise of giving organizations a simpler way of managing PCs, a task that remains one of the IT professional’s most laborious duties. While reliability has held back adoption, VDI technology is m... 

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  • Desktop as a Service (DaaS)

    Desktop as a Service (DaaS) is a cloud service in which the back-end of a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is hosted by a cloud service provider. 

  • Desktop as a Service provider (DaaS provider)

    A Desktop as a Service provider is a company that hosts virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) for customers and delivers virtual desktops to those organizations' end users. 

  • GPU (graphics processing unit)

    A graphics processing unit (GPU) is a computer chip that performs rapid mathematical calculations, primarily for the purpose of rendering images. 

  • Windows as a Service (WaaS)

    Windows as a Service is the delivery of a Microsoft Windows virtual desktop and applications by a cloud service provider. 

  • hosted virtual desktop (HVD)

    A hosted virtual desktop (HVD) is a user interface that connects to applications and data that are stored on a cloud provider's servers rather than on the user's computer or the corporate network. An HVD is sometimes referred to as a cloud-hosted vir... 

  • BYOD (bring your own device)

    BYOD (bring your own device) is the increasing trend of employees bringing their own devices to work. Smartphones are the most common example but employees also take tablets, laptops and USB drives into the workplace. BYOD is part of the larger tren... 

  • persistent desktop

    A persistent desktop is a virtual desktop that maintains user settings and data so that each time a user logs into their virtual desktop, all of their personalized settings, files and data appear. 

  • Windows Thin PC

    Windows Thin PC (WinTPC)  is a stripped down version of Windows 7 for legacy PCs that do not have the resources to support a full version of Windows 7. 

  • RemoteFX

    RemoteFX is a set of protocols for Microsoft's Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) that are used to remotely deliver Windows virtual desktops over a local area network (LAN). 

  • nonpersistent desktop

    A non-persistent desktop is a virtual desktop that does not maintain user data, personalized settings, or any other changes made by the end user. 

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