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Virtualization eliminates 800 desktops for Army office

Jun. 25, 2014 - 06:00AM   |  
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Is virtualization the answer for the push to consolidate data centers? A growing number of agencies and IT experts think so.

Virtualization, for example, is enabling the Army’s Program Executive Office for Aviation to run more than 100 virtual desktops on a converged storage and compute architecture, with an eye toward moving 80 percent of PEO Aviation’s 3,500 desktop users to the virtualized environment. The project has so far allowed the office to replace 800 desktop computers with a single server.

“This is part of the migratory path that we have seen through the virtualized initiatives of the past 10 years,” said Ben Bourbon, vice president of defense at CDW-G. “We are seeing an ongoing transition from silos into a virtual space.”

Virtual desktop infrastructure is not without its own challenges, however. Network capacity is a big one, as is storage. Still, in many cases, the benefits make those challenges worthwhile to solve.

“If you look at what’s going on in the world, organizations are still being asked to do more with less,” said Matthew Brisse, a research vice president at Gartner. “So now it’s all about agility.”

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