Virtual desktops and storage


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"Today VDI is ready for some users, but it'll probably take another 18 to 24 months before most of the challenges related to protocol limitations, performance and offline support get resolved," said Brian Gammage, a vice president/Gartner fellow who covers client computing.

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VDI vendors and products



Citrix Systems Inc.

Microsoft Corp.


VMware Inc.




Virtuozzo Containers

VMware ESX

Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) product


Licensed from Citrix Systems

Depends on third-party session brokers: Ericom Software's PowerTerm WebConnect and Quest Software Inc.'s vWorkspace

VMware View

Offline capabilities

Via Citrix Thin Client by late 2009 or 2010

Will leverage Citrix Thin Client when available


Via VMware Offline Desktop (available as experimental release)

Application virtualization



Via application templates


VM image sharing

Via Provisioning Server

Licensed from Citrix

Built into Virtuozzo Containers

Via VMware View Composer linked clone feature

Biggest benefit

Most advanced desktop and application virtualization products

Hyper-V is part of Windows Server 2008

Lowest infrastructure requirements; cost-efficient and low degree of complexity

Strongest and most widely deployed hypervisor


This was first published in August 2009

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