Desktop virtualisation in the real world

And how to make it work

It’s clear that most people nowadays are considering, or have tackled, a virtualisation project of some sort. But when it comes to large scale roll-outs, experiences are thin on the ground. Part of this is due to the fact that there’s a general lack of understanding of the solutions available, and part of it’s because almost no organisation has a really good idea just how much it costs to support desktop operations - which makes creating any sensible business case for change quite a challenge.

As such, desktop virtualisation adoption isn’t as rapid as you might have thought.

This webcast, however, seeks to help those of you that have ‘Virtualise Desktops’ on your todo list for 2010. It brings a real project to the camera to explain to you how to get started and how to make it work.

The project is from Lancashire Constabulary where, after some significant challenges, they're rolling out and virtualising 5,000 desktops. We’ve got the project managers and project leads joining us in the studio to dish out some real-world advice. They’ll be joined by Tony Lock from Freeform Dynamics, Neil Sanderson from Microsoft and The Register’s own front-man, Tim Phillips.

Between them, they took a detailed look at:

- Considering virtualization, and how a beta program can shed some serious findings on the plans for a broader roll-out.

- Engaging with the business, including managing the costs and resources, and making sure you find the right solution in the first instance.

- Managing risks, how Lancashire Constabulary identified and managed the risks of this project.

- The operational considerations, explaining how they got the network managers up to speed, got their storage management tuned to perfection.

- Top tips from the experts: As we said, these guys have been there, done it and now proudly wear the t-shirt. They’ll give you tips and techniques on how to run such a successful project.

This event is now available to view on-demand. Click below to watch.

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