Virtualized Desktops and Servers
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Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is used to complement servers on virtual machines (VMs) and physical machines (PMs). While not all applications can be consolidated, most can be virtualized for use on virtual desktops and servers. Virtualization improves IT agility and network efficiency. It also allows for better data protection by enabling backup/restore, high availability (HA), business continuance (BC), and disaster recovery (DR). This paper discusses virtual desktop infrastructure, consolidation vs. virtualization of applications, and the opportunities afforded by virtual servers for cloud and storage networks.