Desktop Virtualisation

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) can be used to deliver a full desktop experience, unrestricted by hardware or location

Desktops can be allocated to end users upon request, perhaps to a thin client terminal. Initially authentication to Active Directory is carried out and then a full desktop is delivered to end users - who may not even be aware they are using a virtual machine!

VDI is an attractive concept, not just for existing users of virtualisation technology, but to any organisation struggling to manage end user desktop software and hardware effectively, especially over multiple locations.


  • Deliver full PC desktop environments
  • Thin client devices more reliable in manufacturing environments
  • Better application compatibility than other thin client solutions
  • Plug-and-play terminals mean desktops can be replaced 24 hours a day
  • No configuration of end points required for desktop refresh
  • Centralised control - no individual support and maintenance of PCs, centralised backup
  • No investment in additional skills required if a VMware or Citrix house - they each have VDI solutions
  • Identical end user experience to physical desktops

Solution Architecture
End user clients
Wyse thin client terminal runs remote display software (e.g. RDP)

Connection Broker
The 'brains' of the architecture that determines which VM a user is assigned

Centralised Resource Pool
VMware ESX Server software runs hardware independent virtual machines containing complete system environments.

VMware VirtualCenter manages the virtual desktop infrastructure

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