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New desktop technologies, such as Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), are causing many to consider re-architecting their desktop infrastructure. In this session, by reviewing major analysts’ opinions over time, we will see the progression of the Thin Client, VDI and Remote Desktop architectures, and clarify and uncover some Desktop TCO myths. We will then go over successful, and not so successful, desktop selection methods on which we have participated in real IT environments. Finally we will present the Microsoft desktop strategy, which focuses on meeting desktop requirements based on roles / personas, rather than implying that one technology fits all. We will look at examples that illustrate when and how to use Presentation, Application and HW Virtualization offerings, covering Remote Desktop Services and MS Application Virtualization, as well as VDI through Hyper V.
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