Reasons to do Desktop Virtualization

There seem to be no lack of reasons not to do Desktop Virtualization and plenty of people on twitter can be found daily shooting holes in the solutions that make up this category so I thought I’d be different and talk about the reasons I’ve seen that organizations take on Desktop Virtualization, whether that be hosted virtual desktop (HVD) or hosted shared virtual desktop (RDSH).

  • Driving to work is expensive and time consuming
  • Using a Mac as your primary desktop is fucking awesome
  • 4G isn’t available everywhere, your apps won’t work with limited bandwidth
  • 4G is everywhere, why have apps installed locally
  • Tablets are a shitty laptop replacement, but your CEO wants Windows apps on this iPad so just do it already
  • Virtualization isn’t security, but keeping data in the datacenter doesn’t hurt your security strategy
  • Access to business apps means your workers can work more and from when/where they want
  • Highly managed Windows endpoints outside of your building are highly difficult

End the week on a positive note, post in the comments on your reasons to do Desktop Virtualization.


3 thoughts on “Reasons to do Desktop Virtualization

  1. love your blog dude, and working from a mac at home is amazing! i’m a young buck but just moved my small business over to xendesktop environment. everything from our task users to our developers. i’m trying to convince them to buy phd virtual (have been looking into it for awhile but your post set it in stone for me) so i can backup our dedicated xendesktops. due to our budget, we’re using readynas 3100’s for NFS but the performance has been really great (only about 50 desktops)

    keep it up.

  2. It just makes sense, some might even all it evolution. At least I do, shared OS is just riddled with challenges and a smart Virtual Desktop Solution doesn’t have to mean hiring special people as it is common technologies like Windows 7 on a VMware ESX host (all common today, right?). Simpler profiling solution and smart access from any where. Sure starting costs are high, but which startup cost isn’t high? It all comes down to: Being open to change, Testing and understanding the requirements, delivering in a realistic time frame. Users want and need their own Desktop, they do not want to feel like they have caused a server to crash or a physical PC… Virtual Desktop Solutions (and here I must admit I am a VMWare Fan) just rocks. Oh and one more thing, if anyone states it is the protocol that makes the deal is so old school. The world has caught up and its up to you to choose.

    Just blog!!

    1. Thanks for the comments Danny. A few things I’ve noticed over the years watching people do this:
      -Those who say a shared OS is hard have never tried it (it is more harder than 1 OS per user but the cost savings have meant the difference between companies implementing this technology and not. In hospitals it has meant money left over for other critical services)
      -Those who think protocol doesn’t make a difference have never tested multiple protocols (…and frankly must have just started doing this, View 4.6 and prior absolutely didn’t work remotely..that was less than a year ago) There still are significant differences in protocols like EOP, RemoteFX from ICA or PCoIP. If flash based training is something that 50% of your employees are going to do at the same time things like redirection become a game changer and are the difference between the solution working and it not working.
      -VMware has become a religious choice for many. I love love love vSphere…no question it is the best hypervisor solution out there today, but Hyper-V 2012 is going to seriously challenge that claim. I’ve watched people implement VMware View (for years) without question because they believed that everything VMware was as good as vSphere. I will say that View 5 is finally something that will work in most scenarios in customer environments, but they’re not leading this space…they’re not far behind either.

      I’m not sure what you mean by simpler profiling solution…or if you’re stating it’s easier on HVD vs SHVD…it’s not easier or harder.

      Thanks for being an agent of change…many closed minds out there in IT, it’s holding businesses back and ultimately the reason C level’s are interested in the “AAS” offerings is because their internal IT has failed them.

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