Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/03/09/virtualising_and_customising_desktops/

Virtualising and customising desktops

All needs not equal

By Phil Mitchell

Posted in Desktop Virtualisation, 9th March 2011 12:00 GMT

Webcast Although we've been talking about desktop virtualisation for years, uptake remains modest.

Where it has been successful it has been to solve particular pain points, such as centralised management or providing standardised desktops for transaction workers.

But broader adoption of desktop virtualisation has been lacking so far, with one of the biggest challenges arising from the nature of the desktop virtualisation itself - the experience and demands of the end user.

A one size fits all or lowest common denominator approach is rarely a recipe for success when there are a range of use cases and expectations to cater for.

But change is happening. PC refresh projects are giving pause for thought on what is the best way to deliver IT services. Users are becoming more mobile and wanting to use a range of new smartphones and tablets in addition to the good old PC. It's no longer just about the centralisation of resource - it's about identifying the groups and devices and then exploring the range of customisation options for each group needs. A whole spectrum of desktop virtualisation solutions have developed allowing implementation and delivery to be tailored much more to the needs of the users, and not just the business.

On the 16th March at 11am The Register's Tim Phillips is joined in our central London studio by Andrew Buss from Freeform Dynamics and Matt Mcspirit from Microsoft to discuss just these challenges.

Between them they'll look at how users will no longer accept sub-par solutions, how they want their desktops up to scratch wherever they are and on whatever device. They'll also examine how you identify these users in the first place - not to mention some of the solutions you can actually use to serve the needs of these groups.

On top of that, the panel will explore why this problem is emerging now, the storage and hardware considerations to do it effectively and the myriad of headaches security, mobility and the overall flexible working approaches that need managing on an on-going basis with these kind of roll outs.

If that matches some of the challenges you're facing, then this should be a big help. We're got a lot of experience on the panel who will guide you through the solutions and tackle any questions you have live, that's right, live.

You can register for the one hour event right here. It's free. Try it, you might like it.

If you can't get there for the live gig, register today and we'll email you when the recorded version is available. ®