Gartner Research

Server-Hosted Virtual Desktop Profile: Microsoft VDI Premium Suite

Published: 23 November 2010

ID: G00207271

Analyst(s): Chris Wolf


The server-hosted virtual desktop (SHVD) market is quickly maturing, yet remains clouded by competing vendor claims in regard to issues such as cost, management, scalability, performance, and user experience. Organizations evaluating SHVD solutions require common criteria to objectively gauge competing solutions. In this product profile, Research VP Chris Wolf evaluates the Microsoft Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Premium Suite against Gartner's required, preferred, and optional criteria for SHVD solutions.

Table Of Contents

Bottom-Line Assessment

  • New Features
  • Missing Features
  • Reasons to Deploy
  • Reasons to Not Deploy


  • Required Features for Production
  • Preferred Features for Production
  • Optional Features for Production
  • Evaluation Criteria Scorecard
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses

The Details

  • Product Component Architecture
    • RDS
    • MDOP
    • Management
    • Storage Infrastructure
  • Product Editions and Licensing
  • Support

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