Understanding VDI layers

Before engaging in a virtual desktop solution, the key question is, "What do you need?" As a virtualization architect, I have been involved in countless design and implementation projects. These range from simple proof-of-concept projects for 200 users to migrations for global implementations of 30,000 users. I have seen too many projects fail simply because the right questions were never asked.

One of the first items to determine is which flavor or flavors of VDI to use. Will traditional session-based computing (for example, hosted applications only) suffice or do you need to provide a full desktop? Will users need dedicated resources or can they share resources? Which applications will be available within the VDI space; ...

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