11 Steps to Rolling out a VDI

4/14/2015 • by Josh Topolski

Virtual Desktop Infrastructures (VDIs) are incredible when it comes to saving you money and making your business more efficient and productive. The VDI model enables you to limit investments in IT personnel and affords your employees, and end users, the comfort of accessing your services and applications from remote locations.

The challenge, of course, is deciding which VDI format, or provider, is best for you and determining how to make the switch. We’d like to provide you with 11 helpful strategies to get your new VDI off the ground and making you money.

1. Decide on your Virtualization Approach: There are two options to consider when contemplating a virtualization approach. You can utilize either: terminal services that offer remote access thereby utilizing a host server to provide users with applications as needed, or a server that becomes your entire virtual desktop environment, kind of like a virtual machine. Pick the method best for you.
2. Do a Network Assessment before you Develop your VDI: Bandwidth is essential to VDI success. You must ensure that you are working with enough bandwidth to handle the highest points of activity for each user.
3. Try out Various Terminal Management Software Systems: Thin client management software provides the proper interfacing necessary for functionality. Therefore, it is in your best interest to test-run a number of thin client software programs to determine which one is best for your business.
4. Create a Strategy for Desktop Virtualization Servers: Your servers will determine how useful the VDI switch is actually going to be. Therefore, you should evaluate CPUs, I/O resources and memory capabilities to ensure they can handle peak usage moments.
5. Ensure you have the Storage Capacity for VDI: Your data centers SAN has to be prepared to handle the extra memory required to run your new VDI. That probably means and upgrade is in order.
6. With the End User in Mind, Choose the Best Thin Client: Since we all choose to utilize different hardware, it’s imperative that you consider your applications as they apply to different usage modalities. Some apps are best run on PCs while others are mobile friendly. Find the best solutions for your users’ needs.
7. Implement Phases of Virtual Desktop Deployment: Get your managers to buy into the new VDI design and make sure you bring in the changes in phases. Don’t overwhelm your people.
8. Don’t go Easy on Endpoint Security: Secure each and every endpoint, utilizing due diligence in the process.
9. Be Aggressive with your Central Security Plans: Control your access by allowing users the least privileges possible.
10. Create a Virtual Desktop Introductory Implementation Plan: Your corporations size will determine the speed with which you introduce VDI, just be certain you’ve got a plan for growth.
11. Access and Assess your Backup Providers: Be conscientious of disaster recovery plans and thusly, backup your data consistently and regularly!

VDIs are great because they enable you to provide applications from a centralized positions. We’re certain you’ll find great value in implementing VDIs in your workplace, just take it slow and do your homework before taking the plunge.

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