times in this blog, virtualization is much more about how and why you use
the technology than what it can do.
Desktop Virtualization is a great example of the promise (and the
potential pitfalls) that virtualization offers customers. I'm sure for many of
you, when it comes to understanding what role desktop virtualization can play
in your environment, you may have more questions than answers. Some of the
questions I've heard when I've talked to people about virtualization include:
said that each customer IT environment is unique. With that in mind, Microsoft wants to work with you to
provide the best virtualization solution, not just a one size (solution) fits
all offering. When it comes to
addressing your specific Desktop Virtualization needs, we provide a range of
options, a suite of modular solutions, that can be tailored to meet your needs
and deployed together or separately to meet your specific
goals and requirements. As
regular readers of this blog know, I'm an evangelist for management being the
key to virtualization. When it
comes to Desktop Virtualization, that concept is just as important. Our approach with the System
Center management suite is to provide a single management experience for
your environment; physical to virtual, desktop to datacenter.
solutions that Microsoft offers in Desktop Virtualization, we have broken the
dependencies between the OS, Application, and Data and User Settings. By having
virtualization solutions in each of these areas, we can offer you the best solution, optimized for your individual
needs. Just as Server
Virtualization broke dependencies between the OS and hardware, separating these
other desktop objects is the key to Desktop Virtualization. Desktop
Virtualization is not simply applying Server Virtualization concepts and
capabilities to the desktop.
By taking this
approach to Desktop Virtualization, we can help you streamline your migration
to Windows 7 as part of a broader IT management strategy. This means greater
flexibility and simplified PC management-all while preserving and capitalizing
on your existing IT investments for lower TCO.
As with many
of our solutions, we work closely with our partners to deliver a holistic and
comprehensive set of solutions, to offer the best possible configuration for
your needs. For example, the Microsoft alliance
with Citrix provides a comprehensive and cost-effective VDI
Many people I've talked to want a better understanding of how
Citrix and Microsoft work together on VDI. I would strongly recommend that everyone watch
this video that details the joint Microsoft -Citrix VDI solution and learn more about two limited-time offers from Microsoft
and Citrix. This video gives a clear summary of what Citrix and
Microsoft are doing in the Desktop Virtualization space.
solutions are not limited to just Citrix.
We also have a number of other Microsoft partner solutions, including:
more about these solutions, click this link.
addition to the partnerships listed above, you can also benefit from our Virtualization
Deployment partners. These partners are
system integrator and value added channel partners
that offer specialized resources, industry knowledge, and best practices
to help you assess your business needs as well as plan, build, and deploy an
integrated virtualization solution.
Hear What Others Have to Say
certainly been a lot of discussion and opinions around desktop virtualization,
making it hard to find a resource to use to get started about Desktop
Virtualization. The Microsoft Desktop
Virtualization Hour, which features a full-length, on-demand video of the
Microsoft Virtualization Summit webcast, is a great place to get started on
Desktop Virtualization and see what Microsoft can do for you.
listen to customers such as Expedia,
America, and Group
Health, along with executives from Microsoft and analysts from Gartner,
explain how desktop virtualization can help reduce TCO, improve flexibility,
and ease management across the desktop environment. The discussions from both
customers and industry experts provide insight and best practices around using
Microsoft virtualization solutions to simplify your migration to Windows
7. You can also watch a
behind-the-scenes video with executives from Microsoft and Citrix to get their
perspective on where virtualization technology is heading and what it could
mean for your organization.
Take the Next Step
So, I know this is a lot of information. Where should you start on your Desktop
Virtualization journey? I would
recommend working on developing your desktop virtualization strategy
today. This means researching and
understanding what impacts virtualization can have on your desktops and what
the advantages and disadvantages of each solution can be. Click on the thumbnail below to explore
the Microsoft Desktop Virtualization Hour Web site. And if you are ready to get started with Desktop
Virtualization or even if you are already deployed with Desktop Virtualization,
you should take advantage of some special, limited-time
offers from Microsoft to kick
start your VDI implementation or replace your VMware VDI licenses.
As always, if you have any
questions or comments, you can leave them here or reach out to me via E-mail or
Twitter. The links are in my
signature below. Thanks again and
Director - Virtualization
Related Links [sidebar]
Release-Microsoft Accelerates Desktop Virtualization
IDC Report on Client Virtualization
Desktop virtualization must be done right if it is going to be done at all. We actually just completed a Citrix XenDesktop reference design for a school district that was based on Hyper-V (can be found on my site). One thing that always gets people who go from server virtualization to desktop is that they don't understand how the desktop workload is different. It is. Most organizations don't require the High availability options. Most don't require all of the fancy features. A desktop is a desktop. It isn't as critical as a server, but it does require a user experience. That is the key