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Rethinking VDI: The Role of Client-Hosted Virtual Desktops
Faced with evolving user demands and constant pressure to do more with less, IT teams are increasingly making virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) part of their next-generation desktop strategy. Executed properly, VDI may hold the key to dramatically lower desktop support costs, improved security of sensitive data, and the flexibility to embrace a variety of new usage models.
The benefits of desktop virtualization have very little to do with where the virtual desktops are running. Instead, they come from the fact that virtualization enables new management and security techniques and makes age-old tasks like deployment, patching and backup orders of magnitude easier.
By combining the management attributes of server-based desktop virtualization with a delivery model that allows end-users to run their virtual desktop on traditional laptop or desktop PCs:
- Data center costs are kept to a minimum, with most computing power remaining at the endpoint
- Network utilization is limited and tightly controlled
- Mobile users can continue to use laptops and roam between online and offline
- Scaling curve is smoother, with little data center impact as new users are added.
Continue reading to learn more about the role of client-hosted virtual desktops.