Storage and Networking for Desktop Virtualization Classroom

Storage and Networking for Desktop Virtualization Classroom


Virtual desktops are a key step between server and app virtualization, and rising mobile and cloud technologies. But virtual desktop infrastructure places new demands on networks and storage. Inside, you'll find four lessons regarding what you need to take full advantage of VDI.

Lesson 1: Assessing Infrastructure Needs for Virtual Desktops: The ease of provisioning virtual desktops and ubiquitous connectivity have led to sprawl and network bottlenecks. The first step to solving these problems is to find out how VDI affects performance. See descriptions below.

Lesson 2: Managing Networks for VDI: Hosted virtual desktops, frequency of backups, personalization and streaming apps all affect the amount of resources for VDI.

Lesson 3: Security Strategies for Desktop Virtualization: The range of user devices and networks requires a unified approach to protect the integrity of enterprise data and apps.

Lesson 4: Boosting VDI Performance with SSDs: Various products address load balancing and storage, but don’t look only to the network to reap the benefits of VDI. Solid-state storage can also improve VDI performance.


Gabe Knuth

Gabe Knuth is an independent industry analyst and blogger at He has been in the application delivery space for over 12 years and has seen the industry evolve terminal services to the application and desktop virtualization of today. Knuth focuses on practical, real-world technology in the industry, essentially boiling off the hype and reducing solutions to their usefulness in today's corporate environments.

Serdar Yegulalp

Serdar Yegulalp wrote for Windows Magazine from 1994 through 2001, covering a wide range of technology topics. He now plies his expertise in Windows NT, Windows 2000 and Windows XP as publisher of The Windows 2000 Power Users Newsletter and writes technology columns for TechTarget.

Eugene Alfaro

Eugene Alfaro leads IT Engineering at Cornerstone Technologies, an IT engineering services firm in San Jose. He has architected, managed and operated corporate IT environments for multinational companies since 1998. Alfaro has been a speaker on topics such as virtualization, WAN optimization, enterprise storage, and Voice over Internet Protocol.

Frank Ohlhorst

Frank Ohlhorst is an IT journalist who has also served as a network administrator and applications programmer before forming his own computer consulting firm.

03 Sep 2014
03 Sep 2014
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