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Decision Point for Selecting Servers for Server-Hosted Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Projects

Published: 31 October 2013

ID: G00253808

Analyst(s): Nik Simpson

Summary

IT organizations that build SHVD infrastructure face a bewildering range of server types. This Decision Point outlines a systematic approach to server selection, enabling IT organizations to select the best option to meet their specific requirements.

Table Of Contents

Decision Point

Decision Context

  • Business Scenario
  • Related Decisions

Evaluation Criteria

  • Requirements and Constraints
  • Principles

Alternatives

  • Rack-Mount and Tower Servers
    • Strengths
    • Weaknesses
    • Rack-Mount Server Ratings
  • Blade Servers
    • Strengths
    • Weaknesses
    • Blade Server Ratings
  • Skinless Servers
    • Strengths
    • Weaknesses
    • Skinless Server Ratings
  • Appliance Solutions
    • Strengths
    • Weaknesses

Future Developments

  • GPU Offload for Graphics Processing
  • High-Density, Low-Energy Server Platforms
  • SoC Server Designs With an Integrated GPU

Decision Tool

  • Appliance Versus DIY SHVD Infrastructure
  • Rack-Mount-Versus-Blade-Versus-Skinless Servers

Decision Justification

  • Appliance Versus DIY Infrastructure: The Appliance Wins
  • Appliance Versus DIY Infrastructure: The DIY Infrastructure Wins
  • Rack-Mount Versus Blade Versus Skinless: The Blade Server Wins
  • Rack-Mount Versus Blade Versus Skinless: The Rack-Mount Server Wins

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