VDI Planning Starts with Comprehensive IT Assessments
A crucial step for a successful VDI migration is to find out which users and workflows are a good fit for virtualization. Ideally, this decision would be based on endpoint data, eliminating a lot of guesswork.Here’s a series of questions to consider:
- Which applications are suitable for a VDI migration?
- What are the performance needs?
- Which resources does each virtual desktop consume?
- Can your employees use a generic desktop environment? Or does it have to be customized?
It’s also critical to understand the overall resource consumption needs of your digital workforce in order to make infrastructure considerations. IT teams must avoid these two common mistakes:
- Underprovisioning resources, which could affect the ability to meet the demand.
- Overprovisioning resources, which could lead to wasted hardware assets and higher costs.
By understanding users’ needs, IT administrators can make the choice between a persistent or nonpersistent VDI setup. The main difference lies in the ability to save changes once users log off.
Users have their own desktop image and can personalize it. Users can save settings and install apps because they connect to the same desktop each session.
Personal settings cannot be saved because users connect to generic desktops. This setup can be cheaper to maintain and is more suitable for organizations with task workers (for example, help desk associates) who do not need a customized desktop.
Endpoint Data Is Crucial to Effective Virtual Desktop Migration
Device and user experience data are essential for planning, implementing, and measuring the impact of your desktop transformation. Findings from Lakeside Software’s research about digital experience indicate that, for half of the surveyed IT staff, desktop virtualization migration ranks among the most valuable use cases for digital experience management (DEM).
Digital experience management platforms can drastically minimize the virtualization hurdles by using endpoint data to provide deep insights into the entire IT environment. With Lakeside Software’s Digital Experience Cloud, powered by SysTrack, IT teams can monitor users, systems, and applications in real time as well as through historical trends.