Vendor Round Table Desktop Virtualization Top Desktop Virtualization Vendors Answer IT’s Questions Why you should read this document: This guide is designed to help you evaluate desktop virtualization solutions based on a series of questions posed to today’s top vendors, including: • Description of current offering, including delivery model and solution architecture. • Which usage scenarios the solution is best suited for, including mobile. • How the solution handles compute load, graphics, web server load, and more. • How the solution balances user expectations with the need for security. Vendor Round Table Desktop Virtualization Desktop Virtualization Vendors Answer IT’s Questions Contents 3 Introduction 4 Intel Guidance on Vendor Selection 5 Participating Vendors 6 Vendor Responses to IT Questions 36 Intel Resources for Learning More 2 Intel IT Center Vendor Round Table | Desktop Virtualization Introduction This guide is designed to help you evaluate desktop virtualization software vendors by letting you compare their answers to common IT questions. IT departments are increasingly turning to desktop virtualization to help them achieve an important equilibrium: balancing their need to exert more control over the client platform, so they can simplify management and rein in costs, with their users’ desire for more flexibilityandgreaterchoiceinendpointsandapplications.But many IT professionals are daunted by the complexity of the desktop virtualization ISV landscape. The possibilities are many, and so are the software vendors. We created this guide to help you evaluate different desktop virtualization solutions by enabling you to compare vendor answers across a standard set of questions. BasedonIntel’sexperienceimplementingdesktopvirtualization in our own organization, we compiled a list of questions IT professionals typically ask as they start researching vendor solutions. We then posed these questions to six desktop virtualization vendors: three long-time players in the desktop virtualization space (Citrix, Microsoft, and VMware) and three newer companies (Scense, Virtual Computer, and Wanova). This document compiles their responses. Desktop Virtualization Resources from Intel The Desktop Virtualization Vendor Round Table is part of a series of documents produced by Intel to help IT professionals plan and implement desktop virtualization in their own organizations. This series includes the following: • Desktop Virtualization Planning Guide. Four steps to planning a desktop virtualization implementation, based on the experience of Intel’s IT department. • Desktop Virtualization Earns Its Stripes: Insights from Intel’s IT Benchmarking Survey on Desktop Virtualization. Survey of IT professionals that discusses the business and technology drivers behind their desktop virtualization plans, how they plan to measure return on investment (ROI), and which delivery models and software vendors they are considering. 3 Intel IT Center Vendor Round Table | Desktop Virtualization Intel Guidance on Vendor Selection Desktop virtualization is a collection of techniques—including streaming, remoting, virtualizing, and layering. Desktop virtualization software solutions apply some or all of these techniques to full desktop images or to applications. The resulting entities are administered and managed by IT through centralized management consoles.Whiledesktopvirtualizationoffersmanybenefits,itisnot aone-size-fits-allproposition.Therearemultipledeliverymodels, and it’s very likely that the best solution for your company will be a combination of two or more of these models. When choosing the right desktop virtualization Read the full SEPTEMBER 2011.