Eric Arcese (Latin America) - VDI Por Favor!

Conventional PC mobility is not flexible enough to keep up with the ever-changing world of work. Eric Arcese, Director at EMC for Latin America, provides insight into the benefits and necessary changes the adoption of VDI involves.

Chances are that if you are in sales, you spend a lot of time on the road. As I cover Latin America, much of my time is passed in airports and hotels throughout the region. Having just come back from a trip to Mexico, I was left just thinking, "how much better would traveling be without my ultra-slow and monolithically heavy PC laptop?"

The contrast between my iPhone and laptop couldn't be any greater. In one hand I have a device that allows me to read emails and review presentations on demand (and it fits in my suit pocket), while in my briefcase, I am lugging around a CPU that takes around 5 minutes to turn on, and gets hung up any time I am running more than 3 applications simultaneously, which is almost always. The solution to this predicament is clear: VDI, Virtual Desktop Interface, which could potentially free me of my laptop, while saving my IT organization time and money addressing my incredibly mundane PC issues.

With the recent launch of Apple's iPad 2, I am dreaming of a world where every IT user manages their own device, which act as access keys to secure clouds of their choice. Whether one is accessing their company's private cloud, or a public cloud of their choosing, the device from which it is accessed should be a totally independent decision; whether it be

a laptop, iPhone, iPad or other tablet should not matter. This would ultimately allow IT organization to spend more time being proactive in rolling out secure, enterprise applications that impact their business and avoid the reactive role IT plays in supporting trivial issues users deal with on the PC side.

What is even more exciting is that companies like VMWare, Cisco and EMC have been leading the charge and enabling organizations around the world to provide this new model that takes IT from a supporting function to a service.

The mobile distributed workforce is challenging traditional methods for controlling desktop client infrastructure. With an increasing number of telecommuters, mobile workers, outsourcing partners and contractors connecting to resources from outside the corporate offices, companies are finding it difficult to ensure patch compliance, security and regulatory com

pliance. The variety of hardware models that exist due to complicated PC refresh cycles exacerbates support problems related to PC hardware variances. Data breaches caused by lost or stolen machines result in significant risk and costs to correct. The result is t

hat deployment, support, and security of these various desktop hardware profiles, have resulted in inefficient IT processes, such as manual deployment of physical PC's multiple corporate images, extended testing cycles for patch deployments and multiple layers of complex software to ensure proper levels of security.

The solution to many of these issues is to deploy a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). Moving computing resources back into the data center makes them significantly easier to manage and improves efficiency of both technology and personnel resource utilization. Leveragi

ng virtual machine technology, companies can significantly benefit from simplified provisioning and pooling methods that will drive down the time it takes to deploy new systems or groups of systems.

Now that I have my iPad2 to travel with, I will soon be leveraging VDI to connect seamlessly to the content I need and not have to deal with the excessive waiting.

By Eric Arcese, Director of Sales Strategy at EMC for Latin America. You can follow Eric at his blog