Thursday, October 24, 2013

5 Things to Avoid When Deploying VDI

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) adoption is steadily increasing. If you’re considering VDI for your organization, it’s important to not only take note of what to do when deploying VDI, but also what you definitely do NOT want to do.

Here are the top 5 things that you do NOT want to do when deploying VDI:
  1. Improper resource planning - Improper resource planning is a common mistake that often results of a lack of long-term vision. Don’t just plan for what your users will need at the start of the deployment, but try and plan for years down the road.
  2. Assuming your security woes are gone - Don’t assume that VDI will eliminate your security woes because you now have the option of virtually wiping someone’s device of corporate data. As cool as that is, data breaches can still occur via a number of different methods. 
  3. Having unprepared users - Just like anything else your organization might roll out to your users, advanced notice is always best. Make sure that your users are fully aware of what they can and cannot do with your VDI, and be sure to follow up with them after the deployment. Silence is not always golden. 
  4. Not understanding user profiles - Since managing and troubleshooting user profiles will be a crucial aspect of your VDI, it is important that you gain a good understanding of them since you may not have been familiar when everyone was using physical desktops.  
  5. Not having a backup plan - While one of the benefits of VDI is that you don't necessarily have to back up every individual desktop, it is important to include a full disk image backup and to aim for redundancy in every possible aspect in case of the dreaded, but not altogether uncommon WAN outage.
So, remember to keep in mind these 5 critical VDI mistakes when planning for your VDI implementation. While you could run into an issue by being under-prepared, no one’s ever heard of having an issue because you were over-prepared for something, right?

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