By Randy Littleson
Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) is in the news a lot right now. There’s this article “VMware CEO flags VDI adoption barriers” where he claims storage costs derail VDI projects. There’s this video “Steve O’Donnell & Brian Madden – why VDI projects fail” that broadly discusses the source of failures and recommendations to succeed. And then on a more promising note are these articles: “Is Microsoft set to add hosted VDI to Azure?” and “Accelerating your BYOD strategy with VDI.”
There’s a lot of momentum behind VDI today, but it also can’t seem to get out from under the cloud of past failures? Why all the failures? There are many reasons, but one key one that sticks out is the faulty notion that VDI can be universally deployed to large groups of disparate desktops and user communities. Like so many technologies, VDI is good in some situations and bad in others, but too many early projects took the approach that VDI should be used more broadly. This is not surprising in that in some respects this followed the “standard image” for desktops mindset that has dominated thinking for years.
But, as IT moves to a more user-centric computing model and looks to leverage new technologies like VDI, the mindset needs to shift to selectively utilizing the technology only where it makes sense. And, where it makes sense needs to be based on facts and data after analyzing user communities that have common usage patterns. Doing a virtual desktop assessment to analyze this data must be a part of the planning process to make informed, fact-based decisions on who to consider leveraging VDI with. Once this is done, the articles above offer a host of other great insights on best practices to ensure a successful virtual desktop infrastructure deployment.