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Virtual Desktop InfrastructureBeware the wolf in sheeps clothing

Andre Kiehne | Nov. 23, 2010
<p>The implementation of a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure is the biggest desktop computing change since the PC revolution of the 1980s. VDI presents many advantages but organisations of all sizes should be careful before blindly following the trendand beware of the pitfalls.</p>

Fujitsu is currently working with forward-thinking organisations to implement hybrid models which include a combination of VDI and fat clientotherwise known as PCs or notebooksbecause there are still currently some user scenarios where these are much more suitablefor example for field workers, and for processor-power hungry super-users who need on-board graphics and state-of-the-art system performance.

Whatever the mix, if VDI is properly planned and implemented, then it helps enterprises wave goodbye to the regular PC upgrade cycleand enjoy the benefits of continuous background improvement to their systems. This includes enhancements to the operating system upon which individual images are based, plus the seamless expansion of virtual server and storage infrastructure. For companies looking to grow, VDI is a future-proofed approach. And end users are satisfied because they are guaranteed a desktop thats always up-to-datecurrently we offer Windows 7.

VDI is not only about cost savings and system performance but also flexibility and security enhancements. Among helpdesks, its commonly said that PCs would run perfectly if only it wasnt for the users fiddling with them. By switching to server-based desktops, its a snap to restore a desktop and all the applications from a backup. This also saves time and money in troubleshooting. As for organisations that are concerned about data leaking from their systems, as well as foreign data being introduced from end-users own USB drives, smartphones and the likeagain, VDI has the upper hand since it allows a greater amount of security.

Finally, the future outlook for VDI is positive: For mobile workers, Fujitsu recently introduced the portable Zero Client, extending VDI usability to any host PC or notebook with an internet connection. On top of that, Ive had the chance to get a glimpse of what is cooking in the Fujitsu Labs and can simply hint that Fujitsu will turn VDI for offline into a reality in the not too distant future.

Andre Kiehne is Vice President, Dynamic Infrastructures, at Fujitsu Technology Solutions.


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