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Simplifying Desktop Virtualization
We’ve been talking a lot lately about the value of desktop virtualization and how to get the biggest bang for your buck from it.
We certainly recognize that you have your work cut out for you – managing your technology infrastructure in a way that ensures the highest degree of security and compliance while also managing the proliferation of applications in your environment especially if users are able to download their own apps.
These factors and others are all contributing to the growing popularity of desktop virtualization. The challenge we realize is how to make sense out of this complex topic while distilling all the information available in a meaningful way. We also recognize it’s a broad term and there are different ways to think about it so it can quickly become overwhelming on where to start.
For today’s post I thought I would share some tips and considerations to help you build a successful desktop virtualization roadmap. The guidance builds upon the recent discussions we’ve had at the Microsoft Management Summit and the Desktop Virtualization Hour.
Brad Anderson, our corporate vice president for our management and services division, shared at MMS two core tenants of our desktop virtualization approach that I think are worthy of underscoring:
So in this spirit, here are some key considerations to get the highest ROI from desktop virtualization:
As you evaluate a client hypervisor consider evaluating based on your user needs. In some cases it makes sense. For corporate users who need more than one work environment, or use two desktops today, a client hypervisor can help consolidate those two on one device, while still maintaining isolation between the environments. Some relevant scenarios include:
Remember that the hybrid environment of physical and virtual is a reality so it’s important to evaluate solutions that address your environment now and set you up for successful enterprise management in the future. This will help ensure you are well positioned to continue to realize ROI on existing investments while driving down TCO for the future. The combination of Windows 7, MDOP, System Center and Microsoft’s Desktop Virtualization offering as well as our collaboration with Citrix, provide desktop to datacenter solutions to meet your evolving business needs.
I hope these tips help. We always want to hear your feedback to ensure we provide you with the right set of solutions to take your desktop virtualization strategy to the next level.
To learn more about our desktop virtualization solutions, go here: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ent...n/default.aspx.
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