Yesterday at VMworld Europe 2009, I gave a presentation called "VDI versus Terminal Services." During that presentation I talked how VDI came from nowhere very fast, and that even a few years ago people thought it was crazy.
To that end, I promised the audience that I'd post a new link to our first-ever VDI article because it has some GREAT comments. That article was "Providing Desktops to Users: Centralized Virtual Machines or Terminal Server Desktops?"
Take a look at my first-ever list of "VDI advantages" from that article:
- Better performance.
- No application compatibility issues.
- Better / easier security.
- You can "suspend" individual VMs and then move them from server to server.
- The clients run the "workstation" version of software.
- Users have more control over their individual desktop.
- Users can take their sessions with them when they go offline.
- Easier backups.
That list is actually pretty close to the advantages I talk about today. (For the "performance" point, in the article I qualified it to mean when using this with blade PCs. For the application compatibility issues, I totally missed the point that individual virtual machines would still be SBC, so while you didn't have TS-specific app compatibility issues, you still might have SBC-related issues.)
Ron Oglesby wrote another visionary article for us in July 2006 called "Virtual Desktop Infrastructures (VDI): What's real today, what's not, and what's needed." That article also had some great comments, including:
- Shawn Bass gets credit for being one of the first people to see where this will go. He wrote in his comment, "The question isn't 'Will you do VDI', the question is 'When will you do VDI'."
- Another visionary comment from an anonymous reader: "Add softricity agent to VDI and then there is not need to install applications in the VM. Keep the image small and stream the applications."
- "Is Citrix pretty much done?"
- "I think VDI will tempt people with the concept without understanding the lack of foundational elements you point out."
Even though I didn't think about it yesterday, probably the first VDI-type article on the site was way back from 2004, an article called "Will bladed PCs affect Citrix?"