Virtual desktops & lifecycle management I

by | Dec 22, 2014


Adopting virtual desktops greatly affects the desktops' lifecycle in each of its stages, improving operations and providing better customer service and updates management as well as desktop security.

Today we begin a series of posts dealing with each one of the desktop lifecycle stages and the resulting improvements that come from implementing virtual PCs.

First of all we are going to talk about Planning. During this stage, the server platform, shared storage and software that will manage the virtual desktop fleet are defined. In this case, calculations are made to determine which shared resources are needed to host the virtual desktops. Making a pilot or concept test is essential in this phase.

During the pilot, the IT department must take the requirements, environment, business and end users needs into account. The tests and adjustments made during the pilot stage are crucial to recreate the operation of the virtual desktops in a real environment and to measure the shared resources needed for the subsequent deployment of the virtual desktops.

At this stage, we consider the use of non-persistent virtual desktops. This is a critical point in the planning process, as it directly affects the subsequent desktop lifecycle stages.

While the physical features of the PC or desktop to be implemented are decided during this stage in standard platforms, in a virtual desktop platform you can choose from different alternatives:

• Substitute the current fleet of desktops with thin clients.

• Make this substitution gradually using the existing desktops as connection terminals.

After the planning phase, comes the acquisition VDI phase, which we will be discussing in forthcoming articles.



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