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Vol. 8 Num. 5 July/August 2009

Virtual desktops and storage

Server virtualization has had a profound impact on storage infrastructures, but the coming wave of desktop virtualization will place new demands on storage environments. Desktop and laptop computers are among the most difficult IT assets to manage. Because they reside with users, and are numerous and distributed by nature, many companies simply defer critical desktop management tasks, such as data protection and patching, to users. That may seem like a practical strategy to some organizations, but it poses great risks in the areas of compliance, security and IT governance in general. Products to address these issues are plentiful -- from expensive desktop management applications to client-side backup and security tools -- but they're mainly point solutions and can be costly. For storage managers, virtualizing desktops should be a real concern as all of the operating systems, applications and data currently residing on desktop and laptop PCs will need to find a new home in the data center storage environment. The required storage...

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    Server virtualization has had a profound impact on storage infrastructures, but the coming wave of desktop virtualization will place new demands on storage environments.

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