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Planning for Client Virtualization: Know Thyself

Have you noticed how difficult it is to get information on client virtualization?

Exactly – it’s not difficult at all.

Vendors are talking about it.  Analysts are devoting research to it.  IT / Virtualization events and conferences dedicate a good portion of their agenda to it. Do a quick web search on client virtualization – it brings up a number of web sites, articles, webinars, community forums, technical sessions, blogs, and tweets on the topic. 

(Anyone had a chatroulette about client virtualization yet?  Probably not.)

As with many things that are shiny and seemingly new (client virtualization has actually been around for a while), it’s important to understand what goes into the real world planning, implementing, and managing of it.

Here are a few starting points.

First and foremost, you’ll need to learn about your user community.  There are varying needs when it comes to applications, customization, and horsepower, and many times you may not be as familiar with your desktops as you’d like. Be sure to start with an assessment to understand what your user landscape looks like.  In fact, you may discover that some users may be better off staying on a traditional desktop!

Educate yourself on the client virtualization technologies available to you. There are a number of options available, including server based computing, VDI, and dedicated desktops like workstation blades. Various forms of client virtualization have unique values that they bring to the table, and in many circumstances, strengths are complimentary. Like chocolate and peanut butter, many customers discover their best bet is to have a mix of technologies. 

Help your users prepare for the transition by setting the proper expectations with them.  The better you prepare your user community for this next stage in desktop evolution, the easier the migration path to client virtualization will be.  The overall experience can be identical to a traditional desktop depending on the technology selected, but some things will just be different.

And this is just a start.  HP can help you go through all the details with the expertise you need to make client virtualization a reality, leveraging the best end-to-end technology and services portfolio around.  Drop a note to your HP rep today – you can learn more about the different client virtualization technologies available, work together on your first user assessment, or even have your very first client virtualization discussion.

Where are you on your client virtualization journey?  What other considerations do you find yourself accounting for as you plan for client virtualization?  Let us know - feel free to leave a comment below. 

Until next time,

Joseph George
HP Client Virtualization Team

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