We'd like to welcome you to the first of what we hope will be many future Geek Week "specials" on BrianMadden.com. The idea behind Geek Week is simple: Examine, as best we can, one vendor's product per day for a week. For this inaugural Geek Week, we chose to take a look at VDI products from the companies that you, the community, wanted to see. After the first round of votes, we settled on VMware, Citrix, Microsoft, and Quest, but the votes for the final slot were so close that we decided to have a run-off vote. In the end, we settled on Virtual Bridges as the fifth vendor, and Geek Week was underway.
Many organizations are married to one product or another through existing relationships, while some are just getting started and looking for a direction. Because of that, our goal, at least this time around, was to get and share enough information to make it helpful for you to choose a path as you start looking into desktop virtualization. In order to make the best of the time we had, we stacked the deck. Each day we had at least one, sometimes two, representatives from each vendor on site with us. We watched as the assembled their solutions from scratch, asking questions and putting them on the spot every chance we could.
What we saw this week was really helpful to us, and we think it will be to you, too. To kick off Geek Week: VDI, Brian and I recorded an introduction video that explains a little bit more about Geek Week, our test environment, and what to expect.