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VDI and the Asian CIO

Ross O. Storey | March 4, 2011
MIS Asia editor Ross O. Storey discussed the emergence of VDI with NetApp's strategic consultant, Ajoy Philip.

Organizations should take the VDI opportunity to build in data management practices that ensure integrity, quality and recoverability of data. Organizations embarking on a VDI journey must also put in place clear organizational structures and policies to oversee the ownership of data. Additionally, there must be reliable and adequate recovery

mechanisms to guard against loss of centralized data.

Organizations need to acquire appropriate enterprise licensing arrangements or consider application packaging technologies that can help decouple applications in an operating system (OS) and device-agnostic fashion.

Any virtualization exercise must also be able to deliver user images flawlessly and seamlessly across the different types of user devices, whether it is traditional PC, netbook, tablet or smartphone.

Finally, it is also critical for organizations embarking on desktop virtualization to train users and IT administrative staff prior to implementation. Users need to know their specific user rights and any changes they need to make in their work practices. IT administrators must also be trained on centralized storage and data management best practices that will optimize performance.

How can desktop virtualization differentiate an organization from its competitors?

Desktop virtualization offers advantages over the traditional model, in which every computer operates in a completely self-contained unit, with its own operating system, application programs and peripherals. VDI improves the return on invested capital cycle for IT assets and maximizes the ROI of a virtualized infrastructure. In a VDI environment, organizations gain control of their PC data, allowing them to increase overall system efficiency, utilization and flexibility. Desktop virtualization empowers users by providing access to data anywhere and from any device. This provides employees with the  connectivity they need to make informed decisions and seize business opportunities swiftly. More importantly, because access to data is centralized, desktop virtualization

retains or enhances data security without affecting mobility.

Desktop virtualization creates a flexible and adaptive computing environment where organizations can rapidly scale up or reduce client computing power without investing in additional resources or idling existing capacity. Furthermore, when desktop virtualization is coupled with server and storage virtualization, organizations create an end-to-end, highly flexible and adaptive infrastructure where IT becomes a service. Organizations gain the ability to provision new applications in minutes, test and develop new features instantly and run multiple applications on clients without incurring IT administrative overheads.

Additionally, with a central data pool, organizations are better able to effect efficiency measures. For instance, eliminating redundant desktop and user data can realize up to 50 per cent savings in storage. All of these savings can then be channeled back into business innovation, which ultimately drives future growth for the organization.

What has been the experience of CIOs and IT managers who have taken on desktop


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