Don’t put all your eggs in the Desktop Virtualization basket

It is extremely important to avoid the pitfall of an “all-or-nothing” approach when creating a desktop delivery strategy. You want to take the time to develop an in-depth view of diverse use-cases and chart out the best course of action for each one. This is the only way to ensure delivery of an optimal desktop experience to users across the entire organization.

A survey released by the Enterprise Management Associates in September found that companies with desktop virtualization projects in place or underway were almost all using more than one method of delivery, ranging from traditional terminal services to server-based applications accessed through a Web browser, according to Andi Mann, VP of research for the Boulder, Colo. consultancy. This CIO Magazine article explains the 5 most popular flavors of Desktop Virtualization and the advantages and disadvantages of each.

But how do you really know which method is right for which user? Or which users that Desktop Virtualization isn’t a fit for at all?

Specific user groups within your organization have unique requirements, each demanding their own approach and treatment. So it’s not a one-size-fits-all solution. Softchoice has created a step-by-step guide to help you understand the stages you need to go through when determining if Desktop Virtualization is truly the right fit for your organization. Each stage contains questions that you need to ask yourself WAY before moving towards the Proof of Concept stage that so many manufacturers want you to start with.  You can find this guide at along with a forum full of desktop virtualization advice from others that have already gone down the DV road.  We figure when it comes to big technology decisions, there’s always room for a second opinion. And a third, and a fourth… so we’re hoping that the value of collective wisdom will be better than any one expert.

The benefits of Desktop Virtualization are many. With most of the computing happening in the data center you get greater performance, easier manageability, tighter security and lower operating costs. But,it is not a cure all. You need to take a methodical approach when assessing how it will work in your unique environment. For us, desktop virtualization provides an opportunity to help clients effectively navigate a ‘high-risk high-reward’ proposition – and we take that responsibility very seriously. OK, not that seriously…check out the below fun video that we put together on the topic.