Today's "Hey Brian" question comes from someone doing research in the VDI/TS/traditional desktop space. He wrote:
Hey Brian, Do you have any data / information on BrianMadden.com where you compare VDI and traditional
desktops? All I can find is VDI versus TS (terminal services). It is good to see
VDI vs TS, but am more interested in your views of VDI vs traditional desktops.
The short answer is "no." (As in "no, I don't really compare VDI versus traditional desktops.") Here's why:
VDI and TS are both flavors of SBC
(server-based computing). So I compare SBC vs traditional desktops quite a bit.
So you need to figure out if SBC is right for you. Then (and only then) do I
look at which flavor of SBC do you use--VDI or TS.
I love analogies. So here it is:
Think about walking versus driving. Each has its pros and
cons, and you can figure out which is right for your situation. If you figure out
that you want to drive, only then you compare Ford vs Chevy. But you would never
compare "Ford versus walking" or "Chevy versus walking" because that doesn't really make
sense since Ford and Chevy are both the same when you're comparing them to
That said, there are some older articles on the website that are about TS versus traditional
desktops, so if you find those, you're probably thinking "What the heck?!?" But that's
because in the old days, TS was the only SBC. So that would be like comparing
Ford to walking when Ford was the only car. But now
that's not the case.
I think all of this is summarized in that hour-long
presentation I gave at VMworld last month of "TS vs VDI" Even
though the title is TS vs VDI, really the whole first half is those two SBC solutions versus traditional desktops.. The video is here:
And here's something I wrote more than two years ago
about the topic. I would say this is mostly ok now, although there are definitely some
places where my thinking has evolved:
And finally, here's a piece I wrote recently directly discussing
VMware's threat to Microsoft in the VDI space. This is head-on VDI/VMware
versus the traditional way/MSFT. (And it talks about why VMware wants to "elevate" the conversation to VDI versus traditional desktops instead of VDI versus TS, and why I think that will be important in the future.)
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