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Virtual desktops and storage
This article is part of the Storage issue of Vol. 8 Num. 5 July/August 2009
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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Virtual servers solve many problems in the data center, but they also make backup harder. There are several ways to back up virtual servers, each with advantages and disadvantages.
Storage managers stick with the software that comes with their hardware to manage storage environments. But this year, capacity management rises to near the top of wish lists.
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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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