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RES Virtual Desktop Extender – the missing piece in the VDI puzzle?

A common barrier to desktop virtualization projects is that the new virtualized desktop is not always able to support all of the business applications. There can be a variety of reasons for this:

  • Scalability issues – the applications could be too resource intensive to run on centralised servers.
  • User Experience –  the need to access the application via a remote protocol reduces the user experience.
  • Resource Requirements – the application requires direct interaction with hardware attached to the user’s device.
  • Legacy Support – the virtualised desktop needs to support a legacy application that cannot be virtualized – perhaps the software is incompatible with the virtualised desktop OS – for example the hosted desktop is Windows 7, but the application requires Internet Explorer 6. Continue reading RES Virtual Desktop Extender – the missing piece in the VDI puzzle?

End User Environment Management for VDI

There is more to providing virtual desktops than a configuring a hypervisor and installing a broker. VDI is the fresh face of Server Based Computing (SBC). But SBC as a solution for delivering centralised solutions is not new. Presentation Virtualisation solutions – such as Citrix XenApp and Microsoft Remote Desktop Services found that simply providing access to resources was only the beginning.  To be an effective solution, administrators had to manage the user experience. Obviously this appears an anomaly, a business driver for SBC is to better allow for ‘simplified, centralised management’ – yet in reality SBC requires good management in order to give best a timely Return on Investment (ROI). For many, this was a new and complex experience.

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