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July 2009, Vol. 12

Virtualizing desktops: Getting the most out of your server, storage and network

It is easy to think of virtualization in terms of application virtualization or server virtualization, but one trend that is really starting to take off is desktop virtualization. Desktop virtualization is similar to server virtualization, except that the operating systems for users’ desktops are virtualized rather than being installed locally. But virtualizing hundreds or even thousands of desktops can be a logistical nightmare. And the costs associated with it could also keep you up at night. These days everyone is on a budget, so it makes sense to try to make the most of your virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) server resources. Because VDI is so resource-intensive, it is important to choose servers that give you the most bang for your buck. The cost of storage is another major factor in deploying VDI. But there are a number of techniques you can use to greatly reduce the required storage and, thereby, reduce the amount you have to spend on it. VDI is bandwidth intensive. You can avoid a network bottleneck by picking your ...

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