Today, Virtualization Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) is a key initiative for many organizations looking to reduce administrative overhead while providing a more secure, flexible and reliable desktop computing environment for end users. Proper planning and good decision making are required to ensure a successful deployment. Choosing the right virtualization platform to host the virtual desktop implementation is often the first major decision and— to a large degree— can make or break the entire transformation. Important considerations when choosing the best VDI platform include:
- Does the platform provide the features, reliability, and high availability to meet the business requirements?
- Is the platform reliable and proven?
- Does the platform provide a secure foundation for all the virtual desktops?
- Can the infrastructure be standardized on the same platform as the existing server virtualization?
- How will the choice made today impact future migration to a cloud environment?
- How does the VDI platform choice impact options for a VDI solution?
Based on the above criteria, the best choice for most VDI deployments is vSphere because:
- vSphere is the leading virtualization platform and provides unbeatable reliability, high availability, business continuity, and fault tolerance.
- Customers can standardize on a common cloud infrastructure platform from the desktop through the datacenter and to the cloud.
- VMware View and vSphere integration maximizes the benefits of the leading virtualization platform for VDI.
This paper takes a look at each of these attributes in the context of the unique needs of the VDI market.