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Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)

Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is a full, thick-client user environment run as a VM on a server and accessed remotely. VDI implementations comprise:


  • Server virtualization software to host desktop software (as a server workload)
  • Brokering/session management software to connect users to their desktop environments
  • Tools for managing the provisioning and maintenance (for example, reimages) of the virtual desktop software stack

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