Within the VDI environment, desktop applications and storage would be centralized to Information Technology operations, whether on-premise or outsourced. Virtual desktops would be provided to application users when needed through the deployment of thin clients or through terminal services.
Bringing desktop applications, operating systems, and storage back under the control of centralized IT represents opportunities to save in administrative costs, system costs, and enhance the security of business data. However, adding the requirements to support VDI environments also brings significant challenges. One of the most critical resources for implementing VDI is storage. This paper reviews top level concerns and the implications for storage including capacity, data protection, boot storm and management.