BriForum 2015 - RDSH versus VDI: 2015 Edition (With a Dose of Persistent versus Non-Persistent)

RDSH versus VDI: 2015 Edition (With a Dose of "Persistent versus Non-Persistent)
Presented by Brian Madden

Brian first presented “Terminal Server versus VDI” at BriForum 2007 (with Benny Tritsch), but this topic just won’t die! Both technologies continued to evolve and the world is very different in 2015. In this presentation, Brian will look at how companies are thinking about Terminal Server/RDSH versus VDI in 2015. Of course in today’s world, it doesn’t have to be an either/or solution, but it’s still important for customers to think about where each type of desktop makes sense in their organizations, and the results might seem surprising!

Brian will also include a fair bit of the "persistent versus non-persistent" debate, since RDSH is typically non-persistent while VDI is typically persistent. (So that's as much a part of the process as the core technologies themselves.) In this session, you will learn:

  • Advances in hypervisor and hardware mean that Terminal Server no longer has the automatic performance and cost advantage over VDI. In other words, it’s not just a cost thing
  • How storage advancements mean that it’s no longer as simple as “Terminal Server for non-persistent, VDI for persistent”
  • How "persistent versus non-persistent" is still a big deal, though. :)
  • How Microsoft licensing restrictions mean that many hosting providers serve persistent single-user Server OS “desktops” instead of true VDI desktops
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