If you’ve been reading this blog over the last few weeks, you’ll have noticed a continued theme around the Optimised Desktop.  The reason for this, as you can appreciate I’m sure, is that more and more organisations are weighing up their options when it comes to future desktop strategy, with Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) being one option available.

I’ll be the first to admit that our messaging around VDI isn’t the simplest, and licensing around VDI get’s even more complex, however, fear not, 2 upcoming Academy Live sessions aim to change that.

Microsoft’s Desktop Virtualization: How To Present To Your Customers

Presented by Niamh Coleman, Aanal Bhatt and Dai Vu

Thursday, March 4th 2010 – 17:00 – 18:00 GMT

Companies today face many challenges in response to evolving end user needs, economic uncertainty, and compliance requirements.  With Microsoft Virtualization your customers can address these challenges via the essential capabilities that Microsoft delivers. In many cases, companies may already own the technologies required for a virtualization strategy and can leverage that existing investment.  Through Microsoft Virtualization solutions and Integrated Management your customers have the visibility into your environment, while increasing your capability to respond to the ever changing business requirements. Learn how Microsoft Desktop Virtualization can help with their Access, Data Security, and Compliance concerns while also providing Anywhere Access for Users. Learn about the Breadth of the Solutions Microsoft Provides on the Desktop from User State Virtualization, to Application Virtualization and OS Virtualization.

Register here.

Desktop Virtualization Licensing:  A Detailed Look at VECD and VDI Suite Licensing

Presented by Max Herrmann and Balagopalan Nikhil

Thursday, March 25th 2010 – 17:00 – 18:00 GMT

With organizations increasingly looking to deploy VDI within their environments, IT needs to understand how to license out their virtual environments in order to be fully compliant. However, Microsoft licensing for VDI can be confusing for some organizations to completely understand and still remains the largest area of escalations that the product teams receive. This session is designed to go over the different components of the Microsoft VDI stack, and understand the VECD and VDI suites licensing models and use rights.

Register here.