Building Legos at Work


How many of you still play with Legos? This is one of the benefits of having kids… I get to buy and play with Legos without anyone thinking that I’m too old for those toys. It’s amazing what options you have, although I find that I end up spending most of my time using one of these three

  1. Duplos
  2. Technics
  3. Mindstorms

When many of us were young, we probably started using Duplos. They gave you early experiences on how to build simple animals and buildings with really big blocks. You couldn’t do intricate details with Duplos because they are too big, but that really wasn’t the point. The point was to be able to do some basic building.

From there, many people, who still enjoyed Legos, moved up into the Technics (Although I still call them Expert Legos. I must be old). You could start to do some really amazing things. You had much smaller pieces, you had axels and gears. You could now build realistic cars, trains or planes and you could even see pistons move as the car rolled. Technics provided a more realistic experience. They allowed the person to do more than Duplos.

And now we move to the Mindstorms. This is for those people who want to take their Lego entertainment to the next level with robotics and sensors. Your experience with Mindstorms was only limited to your own imagination. You could do something simple or create complex series of movements to make a multi-jointed arm, all with Legos.

So how does this relate to my typical virtual desktop blogs? Just like Legos, you also have different options for virtual desktops based on the type of experience you want and need. Many of your users can get by with a fairly rigid configuration. Just as Duplos limit what can be done, so too does the Centrally Delivered Desktop Model. Sure you get some enjoyment and benefit, but some of your users will be limited and demand greater flexibility.

Those users might move into a power user group and start using an Optimally Managed Desktop that gives them greater levels of functionality and experiences, just like the Technics did.

But not everyone will be satisfied yet. You will have those expert users who want more. They want complete control to customize their desktop as they see fit. They want and need the power to build/develop their ideas. These users often need a Transformed Service Desktop. Just like Mindstorms, they have many options for their desktop. And the options they integrate will be exactly what they need.

Not everyone requires Mindstorms, many people are better suited for Technics or Duplos. But what is amazing is that they all work together. The same thing can be said with the Desktop Transformation Model. Whether you need a centrally delivered, optimally managed or transformed service desktop, they all work together in a single architecture. And this is what Doug Demskis and I will be discussing at Synergy 2011 in San Francisco in session SYN328: Designing an architecture for desktop transformation that can adapt and scale, which is all part of the 5-part Desktop Transformation Series.

  1. SYN329: Understanding the desktop transformation process and getting started
  2. SYN328: Designing an architecture for desktop transformation that can adapt and scale
  3. SYN305: Storage infrastructure design guidelines for successful desktop transformation
  4. SYN348: Design and deliver a delightful virtual desktop user experience the first time and every time
  5. SYN349: Lessons learned from the desktop transformation frontier – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

But in order to see it, you must Register for Synergy 2011.

Daniel – Lead Architect
XenDesktop Design Handbook

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