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VDI failure is (no longer) an option: Citrix & Nutanix partner to deliver next generation desktop virtualization

  “When you look at how Citrix and Nutanix work together, it’s easy to just focus on the cost advantages that come out of that. But you’d be missing the amazing power of this combined solution to simplify IT and … Continue reading

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The VDI Delusion illusion*

VDI has leapt the chasm that Terminal Services never managed to cross and is on the way to becoming a mainstream computing alternative. In The VDI Delusion, the authors make a strong argument that VDI is over-hyped. They maintain that Remote Desktop Session Host (i.e. Terminal Services/SBC) or even PCs are frequently the better call. But while virtual desktops may have only a 1.5% share of the total enterprise desktop market today, they continue to gain huge mindshare and momentum.
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The Why of VDI

Despite the huge industry fervor around VDI, virtualizing desktops is much more challenging than virtualizing data centers and encompasses both technical hurdles and a less apparent ROI. Also factoring in are hundreds or thousands of users with differing expectations and perceptions. Yet, the most common question I get from organizations considering a virtual desktop deployment is whether to use VMware View or Citrix XenDesktop. Some even kick off their VDI efforts with a Proof-of-Concept comparing the two connection brokers side by side. Taking a product-centric approach to VDI, however, is likely to create unnecessary difficulties and can potentially result in project stall or outright failure.
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