Addressing VDI’s Fork in The Road

Organizations embark on Virtual Desktop Infrastructure () projects to drive down end-user operational costs and to enhance infrastructure security. These projects often evaluate well. During “test mode” there are a limited number of users, making it easy to meet their demands with a cost efficient, hard disk-based storage array. User counts increase as these systems move from test to production, and IT professionals face a fork in the road. To the left is continuing to use a hard disk-based array to keep costs per desktop down and executive management happy. To the right is upgrading the storage infrastructure to give the users the performance and data access they need, which encourages storage sprawl and increases the price per desktop.

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NOTE: This column was originally published in the Weekly Newsletter.

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