Research: Desktop virtualization growing in popularity

TEENA MADDOX | August 1, 2013

For those curious to learn more about VDI, from a conceptual standpoint, it isn't much different from the old dumb terminal/mainframe setup that was used 30 years ago. Of course, the technology has changed, and it's no longer necessary to have a huge computer that fills a room to act as the backend.At its very base level, there are usually a few VDI servers sitting in a data center and these servers act as the brains of the operation. They generally handle all of the compute resources and IOPs, while the virtual desktops are deployed to users on laptops, desktops, mobile devices or thin clients. The virtual desktop acts the same as if users were working on a computer with local resources. For example, they can see their Windows 7 screen and interact with it as they would on any other computer. An important difference here is that the administrator has more control. The admin can dictate the times users can access their desktop, load the proper applications — and even wipe all the data if the end user device is stolen or an employee leaves the organisation.


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