In the mid- to late-2000s, many IT leaders said virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) would change workplace computing forever, and that it would happen very soon. They were right about the first part, but the transition happened more slowly than expected.

Today, thanks to advances in hardware and software, VDI is a reality in many more places. It’s easier to deploy, it can be used in the office, at home and on mobile devices and—when properly configured and equipped—it has the capability to serve even the most data-, video- and graphics intensive applications.

In this whitepaper, we’ve identified some of the most prevalent lessons from the field and most useful guidance for those launching VDI for the first time or optimizing an existing system.