Pilots replaced by platforms for evaluating virtual IT

By : |June 30, 2009 0

US: Until recently, companies interested in evaluating desktop virtualization solutions were required to provide their own IT assets in order to establish a pilot or proof of concept environment, Virtera, , a player in desktop virtualization strategies points out in a press release.
Unfortunately, in many cases, the hardware and software costs, the lack of IT experience in new products, and limited budgets, means that these environments are ineffective in their ability to determine the applicability of a solution to meet the expected business requirements. Hardware frequently takes too long to acquire, learning curves delay results and introduce unnecessary errors, and all these delays result in an inability to validate potential options.
Virtera has developed a cloud-based hosted platform to help clients quickly evaluate and compare complex desktop virtualization solutions.
We have solved this challenge by providing clients access to a cloud-based desktop environment via a secure web-based internet connection. Comprised of the leading virtualization products from top vendors, this environment enables companies to validate solutions by mapping their business requirements against specific technology vendor solutions, it says.
To assist IT in creating a business case and a financial justification for the initiative, the Virtera Technology Lab includes an integrated financial model. This enables detailed cost/benefit analysis in nine business-critical areas. While configurations can be defined through technical drop downs, business questions help design virtual desktop solutions independent of technical preferences. The result is an architecture that tightly aligns with the needs of the business and within financial limitations.
"Companies struggle to fast-track VDI-based solutions due to prolonged and often complex proof of concept exercises. Internal resource shortages, change control processes and other logistics hamper the efficiency with which new VDI technologies can be evaluated. “Said Daniel Beveridge, Director of Virtualization Strategy at VIRTERA.

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