Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) is one of the many optimized desktop scenarios offered by Microsoft to help organizations optimize their IT infrastructure. It is a comprehensive set of Microsoft and partner technology, enabling centralization of desktops, applications and data. VDI from Microsoft provides enterprise IT with integrated management of physical, virtual and session based desktops, centralization of user data, and improved application delivery. End users benefit from a rich remote experience, highly secure and flexible access to their information and increased business continuity. Virtual Desktop Infrastructure benefits non-mobile workers in enterprises that have sophisticated and mature IT departments. It is best suited for contract and offshore workers, users who need access to corporate desktops and applications, and for users that work from home occasionally and whose primary desktop is covered by a corporate license.
The Microsoft VDI Standard Suite provides excellent value for customers seeking the desktop flexibility of VDI. The Microsoft VDI Standard Suite includes the basic infrastructure and management components required for a VDI deployment, and is up to a third of the cost of the corresponding offering from VMWare.
A scalable, stable, and high-performance hypervisor
A scalable, stable, and high-performance hypervisor hosts the virtual desktops. Windows Server 2008 with Hyper-V is a next-generation hypervisor that includes features such as quick migration, high availability, and live backups.
An integrated management suite
An integrated management suite allows IT to manage physical, virtual, and session-based desktops from a single console. Microsoft management capability also allows for managing non-Microsoft infrastructure components. System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 is part of System Center, which is an industry-leading IT management suite.
Application virtualization technology
Application virtualization technology enables dynamic delivery of applications to the user's virtual desktop, instead of installation of applications as part of the virtual desktop image. This ability helps reduce the memory footprint of the virtual desktops, and also improves application management. Depending on whether the application is executed locally or remotely, customers can deploy either Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5 or Microsoft Terminal Services RemoteApp.
A desktop delivery mechanism
A desktop delivery mechanism manages the connections between a user's device and the remote desktops that are running on the server. It also helps dynamically provision remote desktops by combining a pristine golden desktop image with a user's profile and personal settings at runtime, and delivering a personalized desktop to the end user. Citrix XenDesktop delivers a rich remote desktop experience and adds value to Microsoft VDI technology. Windows Server 2008 R2 now has a native VDI connection broker as part of the Remote Desktop Services platform, thereby offering the customer the ability to serve up both shared and personalized desktops.
Effective licensing mechanismProduct Highlights
In order to provide an effective licensing mechanism that enables customers to license remote copies of Windows, Microsoft has created Windows Virtual Enterprise Centralized Desktop. This subscription-based license allows organizations to install unlimited copies of Windows Vista (or a downgraded operating system) within the data center.
- Offers improved flexibility, enhancing work scenarios such as work from home and hot-desking
- Facilitates improved business continuity through data centralization
- Provides integrated management of physical, virtual, and session-based desktops
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