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  • virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI)

    Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is a desktop virtualization technology wherein a desktop operating system (OS) -- typically Microsoft Windows -- runs and is managed in an on-premises or cloud data center.

  • Remote Desktop Connection Manager (RDCMan)

    Remote Desktop Connection Manager (RDCMan) is a tool that allows information technology (IT) administrators to organize, group and control remote desktop connections.

  • GPU (graphics processing unit)

    A graphics processing unit (GPU) is a computer chip that performs rapid mathematical calculations, primarily for the purpose of rendering images.

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Applications

Application virtualization can reduce application installation time, minimize security vulnerabilities, improve disaster recovery and reduce system bloat. You can use application streaming to deliver software on demand to PCs, Macs or terminals, and it is often combined with application virtualization. But administrators have had difficulty determining costs and return on investment because of complex licensing and pricing schemes, and also get lost in the confusion presented by different approaches to virtualization. Citrix, VMware, Symantec and Microsoft, as well as other vendors, offer varying mixes of client-side and server-side capabilities.<br><br> This section helps you sort through application streaming technologies and determine which is best for your environment. It offers news, expert technical advice, definitions, and reference and learning content to help with virtual desktop management and application virtualization. This section also helps you determine the total cost of ownership for application streaming and how to choose the best tools for your environment.

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  • Microsoft UE-V (User Experience Virtualization)

    Microsoft UE-V (User Experience Virtualization) is a tool that enables users to move from one Windows device to another and maintain the same operating system (OS) and applications settings.

  • Real Time Streaming Protocol (RTSP)

    Real Time Streaming Protocol (RTSP) is an application-level network communication system that transfers real-time data from multimedia to an endpoint device by communicating directly with the server streaming the data.

  • Liquidware

    Liquidware is a company that provides monitoring and management software for physical, virtual and cloud desktop deployments.

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Management

Virtual desktop management can empower a mobile workforce, simplify desktop deployment and improve endpoint security -- but only when you create a virtual desktop strategy that suits your environment. This section helps you identify the best virtual desktop tools that enable IT to centrally manage and secure desktop images while still allowing for personalization of desktops. Administrators can run guest operating systems such as Windows or Linux beneath or on top of virtualization software, and users can use thin clients to access applications hosted on consolidated servers. This section outlines how to deploy virtual systems with a hypervisor for easier backup and more secure endpoint devices and helps you identify the best desktop virtualization software for your environment.<br><br> Our virtualization news coverage, tips and expert technical advice can help you determine how to best manage virtual desktops.

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  • Remote Desktop Connection Manager (RDCMan)

    Remote Desktop Connection Manager (RDCMan) is a tool that allows information technology (IT) administrators to organize, group and control remote desktop connections.

  • Remote Desktop Services (RDS)

    Remote Desktop Services (RDS) is an umbrella term for several specific features of Microsoft Windows Server that allow users to remotely access graphical desktops and Windows applications.

  • Parallels

    Parallels is an application and desktop virtualization software vendor that offers management and delivery platforms for Apple macOS and Microsoft Windows desktop deployments.

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Virtual desktop strategies and architecture

Before investing the time and effort to configure a virtualization infrastructure, you need a virtual desktop strategy and architecture. This section can help you determine the levels of control, security and returns on investment required by your environment. You'll have an easier time gaining user acceptance if you can explain how virtual desktops offer more efficient management, higher levels of security and lower costs from reductions in the amount of hardware needed. In addition, cloud computing can provide flexibility in the number of users, but the industry still needs to agree on definitions and standards before it can be widely adopted for storage, processing or provisioning virtual desktops.<br><br> This section includes tips, news and learning content on how to devise a virtual desktop strategy and manage a virtual architecture. Also, learn about virtual desktop infrastructures and cloud computing.

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  • virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI)

    Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is a desktop virtualization technology wherein a desktop operating system (OS) -- typically Microsoft Windows -- runs and is managed in an on-premises or cloud data center.

  • Platform as a Service (PaaS)

    Platform as a service (PaaS) is a cloud computing model in which a third-party provider delivers hardware and software tools -- usually those needed for application development -- to users over the internet.

  • GPU (graphics processing unit)

    A graphics processing unit (GPU) is a computer chip that performs rapid mathematical calculations, primarily for the purpose of rendering images.

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Tools & Technology

This section can help you choose among virtual desktop tools that Citrix, VMware, Microsoft and other vendors claim make it easier to provision and manage virtual desktop infrastructures. Learn why end-user participation is vital in determining requirements for role-based virtualization, and read tips and expert advice on the latest technology. For example, Microsoft's Terminal Services, renamed Remote Desktop Services in Windows Server 2008 R2, provides virtual desktop sessions for scalability or virtual machines for environments that need to be isolated.<br><br> This section provides information about developments in virtual desktop tools and technology. Follow the latest news about software and services, and figure out which products best suit your needs.

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  • terminal server

    A terminal server, also sometimes called a communication server, is a hardware device or server that provides terminals, such as PCs, printers, and other devices, with a common connection point to a local or wide area network (WAN).

  • Remote Desktop Services (RDS)

    Remote Desktop Services (RDS) is an umbrella term for several specific features of Microsoft Windows Server that allow users to remotely access graphical desktops and Windows applications.

  • Goliath Technologies

    Goliath Technologies is a performance monitoring software vendor that offers tools to monitor and analyze data centers, back-end servers and network performance for on-premises and cloud deployments.

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