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VDI News

  • January 19, 2016 19 Jan'16

    Hitachi storage unveils new A series all-flash array family

    Hitachi Data Systems unveiled a new line of high-density, all-flash arrays featuring inline deduplication that are designed to close its solid-state portfolio gaps.

  • January 08, 2016 08 Jan'16

    Northern Trust banks on hyper-converged appliance for VDI

    A global bank struggled with performance and scalability for its virtual desktop infrastructure until replacing a SAN with a Nutanix hyper-converged platform.

  • December 23, 2015 23 Dec'15

    Top six VDI news stories of 2015

    It was a big year for VDI news. Citrix lost its CEO. Dell will own EMC and VMware. One thing didn't change though: Citrix and VMware are still battling for supremacy in the desktop virtualization market.

  • December 16, 2015 16 Dec'15

    Does hyper-converged infrastructure improve VDI scalability?

    Hyper-converged systems are a big investment, but they also provide the flexibility to add or subtract resources to fit the demands of a VDI project -- from beginning to full implementation.

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VDI Get Started

Bring yourself up to speed with our introductory content

  • VMware View Persona Management

    VMware View Persona Management is a feature in the Horizon View desktop virtualization platform that stores and delivers user-specific data and settings to a virtual desktop from a dedicated profile located in a remote repository. Continue Reading

  • Hyper-convergence market buyer's guide

    The hyper-convergence market initially consisted of virtual desktops and remote offices, but has moved into data centers.

    Hyper-converged infrastructure products can be self-contained appliances with the software integrated, or they can be a software-only offering that runs on any commodity hardware. Customers can install it on their own hardware, buy Ready Nodes from hardware partners or as integrated EVO:RAIL appliances sold by hardware vendors.

    Because hyper-converged systems include hypervisors along with storage and servers, these systems are best for heavily virtualized environments. That is why virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is a popular use case. Hyper-convergence's "infrastructure-in-a-box" approach also fits well for remote offices because it saves having to buy separate products. SMBs and departments in large companies also find hyper-converged appliances a fast and easy way to install enough infrastructures to serve as primary storage for certain applications.

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  • Smackdown: Citrix User Profile Management vs. VMware View Persona Management

    VMware and Citrix's user profile management tools help secure virtual desktop data and reduce latency during login and logoff better than basic Windows roaming profiles. Learn how the two vendors treat profiles differently. Continue Reading

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Evaluate VDI Vendors & Products

Weigh the pros and cons of technologies, products and projects you are considering.

  • Can a VDI strategy be streamlined with hyper-convergence?

    Virtual desktop infrastructure environments are complex and have to work with many variables. A hyper-converged infrastructure can reduce costs and complexity in a VDI project. Continue Reading

  • Hyper-converged architecture use cases expanding

    Hyper-converged infrastructure is living up to its potential as organizations of varying sizes realize new ways the technology can be used to increase efficiency. Continue Reading

  • How GPU cards change the app game for VDI

    Graphics processing units and virtual GPUs (vGPUs) are valuable for workers who use graphics-heavy applications, but they can also provide significant performance improvements for other users, too. Workers who use computer-aided design applications and similar tools obviously benefit from the improved performance, but faster apps that work well make all users happy. There's also protocol offloading to consider, but you don't have to pick just one of these approaches. There's room for all of them, and in fact, they all suit different needs.

    One of the most important things about graphics processing units (GPUs) -- after realizing your users might need them -- is determining the right type. You can set up the CPU to emulate GPU, you can go with shared GPUs or virtual GPUs (vGPUs), or you can use GPU pass through. Every one of those options has benefits and drawbacks, however. The hardware isn't cheap, but splitting it up to share it among users decreases its effectiveness. Weighing your options is critical.

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Manage VDI

Learn to apply best practices and optimize your operations.

  • Reasons to hyper-converge your architecture

    If you plan to kick off 2016 by hyper-converging your infrastructure, storage expert George Crump outlines the benefits of such a project, as well as some areas of concern. Continue Reading

  • How to set up a virtual desktop access policy

    For happy users and safe VDI, IT should set up an acceptable use policy that limits the number and type of devices users can connect to their virtual desktops with. Continue Reading

  • Hot data storage market technology trends for 2016

    Check out our Hot Techs for 2016! For the past 13 years, we've honored the best and brightest technologies for the upcoming year. And as always, we are proud to present a batch of technologies we believe will make a big impact on data storage market technology. As in years past, most of our hot techs are "newish" rather than futuristic, because we want to focus on technologies that are mature and generally available.

    Implementing VDI is one of those IT projects that's tough to execute in the real world. The primary roadblock to user adoption is the performance of the virtual desktop, and most of these performance problems are directly linked to the storage infrastructure. In this issue, you'll get practical advice on deploying storage to support virtual desktops.

    And, surveys continue to indicate many organizations are still not confident in their ability to restore normal business operations quickly following a disaster. In spite of statistics that tell us every minute of downtime costs thousands, many shops haven't established a plan that they can rely on. In this issue, you'll learn best practices for BC/DR planning that are frequently overlooked.

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Problem Solve VDI Issues

We’ve gathered up expert advice and tips from professionals like you so that the answers you need are always available.

  • How to detect virtual desktop configuration drift

    Checking for configuration compliance is a time-consuming job, but administrators need to make sure virtual desktops don't drift too far away from their organization's preferred settings. Continue Reading

  • Healthcare providers navigating mobile health data roadblocks

    Successful implementations of mobile technology in healthcare organizations depend on strong IT management, from security hardware and best practices, to protect patient data. This edition of Pulse addresses the challenges healthcare IT professionals face when deploying mobile healthcare applications.

    In the cover story, SearchHealthIT news writer Shaun Sutner takes a look at trends in healthcare mobile security, and how IT professionals deal with the specter of a data breach. "It's not a matter of if it's going to happen, but when," explains one CISO.

    Also in this issue: SearchHealthIT news writer Kristen Lee checks in with IT professionals, who tell her "we are absolutely terrified" by the breadth of the threats facing healthcare organizations. Find out what steps they're taking to overcome that fear in this issue of PulseContinue Reading

  • Top five VDI-related help desk questions

    VDI has many benefits, but it will also open the flood gates for help desk questions from users: Why can't I login? Where am I printing? IT better have the answers. Continue Reading

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