The Virtualization Practice

Desktop Virtualization

Desktop Virtualization covers VDI (centrally hosted desktops), Desktops as a Service (DaaS), desktop virtualization via client side hypervisors, and shared server technologies. Major areas of focus include when and where centralized desktop offerings are appropriate and not appropriate, ...
how management of remote desktops combined with management of mobile devices leads to a better managed and more productive end user computing environment, how to deliver the performance that end users require, and the impacts of using remote desktop technologies upon organizational security. Covered products and vendors include the VMware Horizon Suite, Horizon View, Horizon Mirage, VMware ThinApp, Citrix XenServer, Citrix XenApp, Citrix XenClient, and Microsoft Remote Data Services.

Indeed a challenge in migrating to a Hosted Virtual Desktop (HVD) solution is what to do with existing devices. Citrix’s High Definition User EXperience (HDX) technologies for example, typically relies on the end device supporting a Microsoft Windows operating system to deliver the best user experience. If that is the case, how will you manage the end device that delivers the user’s HVD? Vendors such as DevonIT, Igel, and 10ZiG would naturally suggest you replace your traditional PC with a Thin Client: vendors such as PanoLogic, Teradici and Wyse would highlight the advantages of Zero Client devices – yet moving away from existing devices is a costly exercise in terms of providing replacement devices. And indeed – still does not address off-line working.

Microsoft’s announcement yesterday of Massachusetts based Sentillion extends its reach into healthcare solutions and added a new component to its virtualization portfolio. Sentillion’s vThere is a type-2 hypervisor (hosted virtual machine) built on Parallels virtualization whose strength is in its ability to provide a highly secured desktop image on a normally non-secured solution.

Systancia announce the launch of AppliDis Fusion 4, their first solution that incorporates both application and desktop virtualisation in a single product with management through a single web console. AppliDis Fusion 4 joins solutions such as Ericom’s Powerterm Webconnect and Quest Provision’s vWorkspace to offer solution that gives simplified management of typical agile workspace solution that encompasses both presentation, application and desktop virtualisation to deliver dynamic and scalable services to users.

Enterprises and mid-sized businesses (SME’s) face two significant challenges and opportunities with respect to the end user desktops in the next two years. The first opportunity and challenge is how to replace the aging Windows XP installed base with the recently released Windows 7 platform. The second is how to end up with a desktop environment that is inherently more flexible and manageable than what is in place today.