Virtual Desktop Infrastructure - Iron Bow

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Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) is a complex technology. Its success for end users and IT alike depends on many factors – servers, network, storage, software and more. To reap the benefits of computing and cost efficiency VDI has to be rolled out correctly from the start.

The concept of VDI is not new. It really is a throwback to the mainframe. Computing is taken off individual machines and held in a server environment. This approach allows for consolidated management of systems rather than individual devices.

VDI Deployment Benefits

  • Centralized management
  • Ease of OS and app migration
  • Mobility enablement
  • Streamlined and consistent patching and security updates
  • Increase in business continuity
  • Lower long-term operating costs

A Desktop that Follows You

With VDI, it does not matter if users are accessing information on a hardwired terminal at the office, a laptop at home or a mobile device at the airport. They are served a consistent desktop experience and workflow across all of these devices. VDI provides flexible access across a broad range of devices.

Realizing Total Cost of Ownership

For organizations looking to make a hardware or OS migration, a move to VDI achieves the technical goals with long-term savings. A VDI environment, once set-up, provides a platform for continuous technology refresh and improvement without the need to do mass updates of hardware and software.

VDI Assessment

A VDI assessment can spot problems before deployment. The Iron Bow VDI Assessment is focused on end-user experience and backs into the technical requirements needed to meet those expectations. The assessment collects a wide variety of physical desktop data points to provide a view of what environmental variables will impact infrastructure design and performance.

An Iron Bow VDI Assessment includes:

  • Understanding the environment and goals of VDI deployment
  • Deployment of software on virtual machines to collect data around server/storage sizing, desktop image and application design and user pooling and tiering
  • Analysis of that data to:
    • Develop a baseline user experience that defines normal thresholds meeting user expectations. This finding is used to define the success of the deployment by meeting or exceeding user expectations.
    • Determine which users and applications are compatible with virtual desktops
    • Delivery of findings document including recommendations for hardware, software, CPU, storage and network
    • Recommendations for a VDI solution

Iron Bow in Action


Deep experience with and understanding of VDI technologies and how they work in a variety of environments.


Assessments enable VDIs to be deployed in a way that works for your users.


Able to look at and resolve key barriers to VDI deployment and adoption.