Tip

Simplifying Windows 7 rollouts with a virtual desktop deployment

Virtual desktop technology has affected the IT industry in a variety of ways. Although remote users and large common desktop environments are involved, one industry driver encompasses all use cases: the upgrade and rollout of Windows 7.

Many organizations still run Windows XP because they feel Windows Vista is not a better desktop operating system. As a result, consumers and corporations aren't buying PCs with enough performance for Vista, stalling the makers of desktop and laptop PCs. Therefore, most enterprises are unable to deploy or support Windows 7 to their desktop environments.

This is where desktop virtualization comes into play. With the creation of virtual desktop software by VMware, Citrix and

    Requires Free Membership to View

other vendors, corporations that in the past would have had to replace hundreds -- if not thousands -- of desktops can continue using those same PCs as makeshift thin clients.

This can provide an immediate financial benefit. While a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is not always a capitalized cost saving, in the case of Windows 7 rollouts, there can be a minor cost savings associated with a capital expenditure.

In addition, there are many advantages beyond cost. Enterprises can save a lot of time in deploying Windows 7. Instead of having to reimage all desktops or laptops, an organization can create, test and deploy a virtual desktop with Windows 7 in hours or even minutes. If all desktops were to be upgraded or reimaged to Windows 7, the days or weeks of just testing the image and the installation/upgrade process are reasons enough to move to VDI.

If you don't care about cost savings and don't believe in the potential operational savings from virtualization deployment, there is yet another reason to migrate to Windows 7 in a VDI environment: the opportunity to take a step toward cloud computing.

I'm certain that VDI is a cloud-enablement technology. In this case, I'm basing my definition of "cloud" on the private cloud, so moving to VDI means that you will be creating a Desktop as a Service-style offering, which is one of the first forms of cloud computing. This is where the Windows 7 deployment can take you into the future architectures of IT.

When you look at deploying Windows 7 in your organization, make sure that you do your due diligence before choosing among the virtual desktop technologies. Analysts have predicted that many millions of desktops will need to be replaced, and with the advent of great technologies such as VMware View, Citrix XenDesktop and others, VDI is not just the future -- it is now.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Brad Maltz is CTO of International Computerware, a national consulting firm focused on virtualization and storage technologies. He holds certifications from VMware and EMC for many technologies. Maltz can be reached at bmaltz@iciamerica.com for any questions, comments or suggestions.

This was first published in February 2010

There are Comments. Add yours.

 
TIP: Want to include a code block in your comment? Use <pre> or <code> tags around the desired text. Ex: <code>insert code</code>

REGISTER or login:

Forgot Password?
By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy
Sort by: OldestNewest

Forgot Password?

No problem! Submit your e-mail address below. We'll send you an email containing your password.

Your password has been sent to:

Disclaimer: Our Tips Exchange is a forum for you to share technical advice and expertise with your peers and to learn from other enterprise IT professionals. TechTarget provides the infrastructure to facilitate this sharing of information. However, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or validity of the material submitted. You agree that your use of the Ask The Expert services and your reliance on any questions, answers, information or other materials received through this Web site is at your own risk.