Gartner Research

Virtual Desktop and Application Delivery

Published: 10 July 2012

ID: G00234422

Analyst(s): Chris Wolf


Client (also called "desktop") virtualization and application virtualization present new challenges for infrastructure planning, operational management, and user support. Numerous components such as server and client hypervisors, application virtualization, persistent personalization, and endpoint device types (e.g., thick, thin, and zero clients; laptops; or client hypervisors) may also muddle the architectural picture. This Reference Architecture template fully details the critical elements and interrelationships that create the foundation for virtual desktop and application delivery.

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Template Description

  • Server-Based Computing
  • Server-Hosted Virtual Desktops
  • Client-Hosted Virtual Desktops
  • Application Virtualization
  • Workspace Aggregators
  • Persistent Personalization
  • Service Consumer
  • Service Catalog
  • Client Endpoint
  • Connection Broker
  • Synchronization Engine
  • Infrastructure Services
  • Directory and Policy Services

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