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VMware View 5: Building a Successful Virtual Desktop by Paul O’Doherty

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Chapter 1. Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Overview

The Evolution of the Virtual Desktop

The notion of x86 virtualization actually started with the idea of consolidating underutilized server infrastructure. As VMware evolved the product line, it was quickly realized that virtualization could not only add value to underutilized server hardware, but also could deliver desktop operating systems. Of course, virtualizing a desktop creates operational challenges that the virtual infrastructure itself cannot solve. Just as in server-based computing environments or terminal services, the ability to manage sessions became a necessity. From the early beginnings of simple session management, the concept of virtual desktops has evolved into a suite of products ...

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