RESEARCH BRIEF: Time To Reassess VDI?

By Patrick Moorhead - April 8, 2017
The world of VDI (Virtualized Desktop Infrastructure) has been quietly innovating without many IT staff being aware of how much has changed and the implications of the improved VDI experience. Compared to five years ago, today’s best VDI experience is very different, driven by improvements on the server, networking and thin client. On the server side, virtualized graphics from both NVIDIA and AMD reduce latency, and we have seen big server CPU improvements in performance per watt and core count. Networking has moved from 100Mb to gigabit making packet prioritization easier.
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Table of Contents

  • Executive Summary
  • VDI Performance and Security
  • Not your father’s value thin client
  • Call to Action

Companies Cited

  • Amazon AWS
  • AMD
  • Citrix
  • Dell Wyse
  • IBM
  • Intel Corporation
  • NVIDIA
  • VMware
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Patrick founded the firm based on his real-world world technology experiences with the understanding of what he wasn’t getting from analysts and consultants. Ten years later, Patrick is ranked #1 among technology industry analysts in terms of “power” (ARInsights)  in “press citations” (Apollo Research). Moorhead is a contributor at Forbes and frequently appears on CNBC. He is a broad-based analyst covering a wide variety of topics including the cloud, enterprise SaaS, collaboration, client computing, and semiconductors. He has 30 years of experience including 15 years of executive experience at high tech companies (NCR, AT&T, Compaq, now HP, and AMD) leading strategy, product management, product marketing, and corporate marketing, including three industry board appointments.