I’ve been part of quite a few desktop virtualization designs in my day. Most of these are for enterprise customers with over 10,000 desktops. When you get to this scale, you have to take into account so many different variables that you need many different options. What about the SMB organizations? The smaller organizations (500 or fewer desktops) probably don’t need as many options and flavors of virtual desktops. In fact, one can create an architecture that meets the needs of the SMB but without all of the components and features. See for yourself by accessing the XenDesktop Design Handbook.
Over the next few weeks, we will have a discussion on this exact topic. What are the design decisions? What are the ramifications of doing and not doing application virtualization? What is the critical path to success? Stay tuned and keep watching the SMB space on the Virtualize My Desktop blog for a great discussion.
Daniel – Lead Architect