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eBook: Virtualizing desktops one baby step at a time [VMware]

Servers, Storage and Networking | Posted on May 7, 2012 by Melissa Alvares

Adopting a desktop virtualization strategy is like learning how to how to walk. You’ve got to take it one step at a time. And with the amount of mobile devices that have flooded into many organizations, determining how to establish a secure, compliant and controlled method of integration is essential for giving end-users the experience they want.

The first step to take is assessing the challenges you face. Look at the current state of your IT environment, map triggers to solutions and know what end-user expectations are.

Begin the virtualization process by identifying business needs that drive change. Doing this pinpoints what needs can be facilitated by desktop virtualization. Determining what is important to your end-users will also ensure that you’ve got a good plan in place that will give them the greatest experience; consider application launch times, log in times and accessibility.

And make sure you have a team in place with the right skillset. Deploying a virtualized environment requires an educated group of folks that know what they’re doing in order to design the environment effectively.

Secondly, conduct a pilot program to give IT the information they need to design, test and refine a prototype of the environment. Before beginning the pilot program make sure to define what solutions you want to provide end-users, target functionality, benefits and milestones. A pilot program gives you the opportunity to have clear communication between cross functional teams so you can guarantee success when you rollout the virtualized environment.

Once all the kinks have been worked out, moving to deploy your environment is the next step. While  your first steps towards deploying a virtual environment may be a bit shaky, the benefits to your end-users are great. You’ve got a virtual desktop that follows users wherever they go- from home or the office, even if they’re offline.

To get a more in-depth idea of how to roll out a virtualized desktop environment download our eBook here.

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