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How flash can pump up performance of virtual desktops
This article is part of the Storage magazine issue of July 1, 2012
Virtual desktop environments can strain conventional hard drive storage systems, but strategically placed solid-state storage devices can boost performance. Virtual desktop infrastructure promises numerous benefits to beleaguered IT operations. Organizations that must manage thousands, tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of endpoint devices are faced with the daunting tasks of security, software version control and content delivery. Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) can help centralize operating system (OS) image management, which reduces the number of OS versions to support, simplifies the rollout of new application software versions and facilitates lifecycle management. It also virtualizes the application environment from the physical endpoint devices, allowing IT to support everything from smartphones to desktop PCs without requiring individual device testing and qualification. Users similarly benefit from instant access to corporate applications from any location that has cellular or Wi-Fi connectivity. ...
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