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Desktop virtualization network challenges: A primer
This article is part of the Network Evolution issue of June 2011 Vol. 2, No. 3
Why you need to know about desktop virtualization network requirements Desktop virtualization is becoming a reality after years of being touted but rarely used. For networking teams, implementing virtual desktop infrastructure will mean moving swiftly to optimize networks for delivering high-performing desktops and applications, a challenge they've never had to deal with before. The signs of desktop virtualization uptake are everywhere. While the technology played second fiddle to server virtualization at VMworld 2008, it took center stage at this year's show. That's partially because a number of desktop virtualization pilot projects have moved into actual production, and VMware launched its own virtual desktop infrastructure product, View. Desktop virtualization and the network Desktop virtualization network requirements Nemertes Research expects significant enterprise uptake in 2010-2011 -- a marked difference from 2008, when only 22% of companies were deploying desktop virtualization, and 62% of them were still in the ...
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