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Citrix Virtual Desktop Handbook 5.x

Citrix Worldwide Consulting services have released this great Citrix Virtual Desktop Handbook 5.x


If you read industry magazines, you would think desktop virtualization is an impossible technology to deploy. So why do it? The simple answer is that Desktop Virtualization is designed to make your work life more flexible and mobile. A flexible work life can mean different things to different people: any device, any place, and any time. The “any-ness” of the work life means that a user becomes mobile. They can work on any endpoint device, can work from any location, and can work at any time they choose as long as they get their work done. Desktop virtualization provides flexibility without complicating the user’s life or putting corporate data at risk.

Take the following response from a desktop virtualization user:

Experiences from the Field

As a remote employee for [company], I struggled every time I needed to access the company’s intranet, which forced me to VPN into the network. I also kept data on my local device because trying to access it over my broadband connection was too slow. Some coworkers did the same and lost data due to a virus, thankfully I was luckier. 

Depending on my mood (and the weather), changing devices and locations was a challenge as I had to have my applications and data copied to many different endpoints. I know this was unsecure, but I didn’t care because I was more concerned with flexibility. 

Since moving to a virtual desktop, I’m able to use any device. I’m able to work from any location. And best of all, I don’t have to worry about copying my data and applications onto all of my personal devices. I paid for these devices; I don’t want work to clutter up my personal space.

Unfortunately, many organizations struggle or fail to achieve this level of success within their user community. Why does one organization succeeds while another organization struggles? If we compare the factors between success and failure between desktop virtualization and other technology related projects, we see that there is little difference:

  • Lack of justification: Without a solid business reason, desktop virtualization is simply a new way to deliver a desktop. A business justification gives the project team a goal to strive towards.
  • Lack of a methodology: Many people who try and struggle to deploy a desktop virtualization solution do so because they jump right in without understanding or implementing the appropriate prerequisites. A structured methodology provides the path for the project.
  • Lack of confidence: For many who embark on a desktop virtualization project, there is a lack of experience, which creates a lack of confidence in the design. Architects begin to second guess themselves and the project stalls.

Our hope is that this handbook can alleviate the anxiety associated with a desktop virtualization design by showing how to tackle the challenges in a manner that is technically sound, but also feasible and effective for organizations facing deadlines and other organizational challenges. The Citrix Virtual Desktop Handbook examines the project lifecycle for a desktop virtualization project. The Handbook provides the methodology, experience and best practices needed to successfully design

Note: This is Phase 1 for the Citrix Virtual Desktop Handbook focusing on Assess. Phase 2 and beyond  will provide design, deploy and maintain guidance. 

Sounds cool 😉 so go get the whitepaper under Source.


Download Citrix Virtual Desktop Handbook 5.x here

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