Desktop virtualization refers to technologies that separate a monolithic personal computer desktop
environment comprising hardware, operating system, applications, data, and personal settings
independently of each other. Currently, there are two primary approaches to desktop virtualization,
server-side and client-side, respectively.
Adoption to server-side desktop virtualization, which is also referred to as Virtual Desktop Infrastructure
(VDI), has been slow due to its installation complexity and exorbitant system integration costs in addition
to other growing concerns over scalability, performance, and anytime (offline) access.
On the other hand DeskStream employs client-side desktop virtualization technology to offer an
optimized and high performance Dynamic Virtual Desktops (DVDs) by combining the best of centralized
IT management and client computing together to deliver truly anywhere, anytime personalized desktop
execution on any device resulting in significant cost savings and uncompromised user experience.
How DeskStream DVDs could be leveraged to complement VDI deployments to address the inherent
limitations such as performance, desktop image management, scalability and offline computing is the
topic of discussion in this paper.
What is VDI?
Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) is a platform for delivering Hosted Virtual Desktops (HVDs) from the
data center. VDI leverages server virtualization technology to provide many additional benefits and
improvements to computer hardware efficiency, security, and centralized desktop
manageability. Server virtualization is a method of abstracting the underlying hardware resources to run
multiple independent (virtual) operating systems referred to as Virtual Machines (VMs) on a single
physical computer. This technique achieves server consolidation which slashes hardware asset acquisition
and maintenance costs that can result in significant cost savings for an organization.
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