Virtualization is transforming the way organizations deploy, manage and consume technology resources with the end goal being the creation of leaner and more cost-effective IT environments. Although most of the focus on virtualization still centers on the data center, the technology can be used for much more than improving server utilization. The desktop is another area where more IT organizations are beginning to employ virtualization.

Desktop virtualization promises a number of benefits: providing system administrators with the means to accelerate desktop provisioning; simplifying management; limiting downtime and improving security profiles. However, making a successful transition from a traditional environment to a virtualized infrastructure requires careful planning. This white paper will serve as a guide for organizations looking to build more stable, secure and efficient computing environments around a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). This VDI technology, which can serve as an effective extension of its overarching cloud strategy, can help organizations become more effective and responsive.