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Redefining Virtual Desktop Infrastructure with Virtual Workspace

Zeus Kerravala, Principle Analyst at ZK Research
As the enterprise workplace continues to change creating new, more efficient ways of working, the compute platforms that power worker productivity need to evolve along with worker behavior. To date, VDI has been an important technology that is used to virtualize corporate desktops, but it too must evolve to deliver not just a virtual desktop but an entire virtual workspace.

Join Zeus Kerravala, Principal Analyst at ZK Research, as he discusses his latest whitepaper that explores the next phase of VDI that delivers the virtual workspace, including:
- The Business Benefits of a Virtual Workspace
- Key user profiles for the virtual workspaces
- Recommendations to mapping to journey to a virtual workspace
Jun 28 2012
59 mins
Redefining Virtual Desktop Infrastructure with Virtual Workspace
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    Zeus Kerravala, Principle Analyst at ZK Research
    As the enterprise workplace continues to change creating new, more efficient ways of working, the compute platforms that power worker productivity need to evolve along with worker behavior. To date, VDI has been an important technology that is used to virtualize corporate desktops, but it too must evolve to deliver not just a virtual desktop but an entire virtual workspace.

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    - The Business Benefits of a Virtual Workspace
    - Key user profiles for the virtual workspaces
    - Recommendations to mapping to journey to a virtual workspace
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Journey to the Virtual Workspace
Learn directly from industry experts on how to successfully navigate your organization to desktop virtualization. Think beyond the desktop, and begin looking at how your organization can unify virtual desktops with communications and rich media to deliver the ultimate user experience.

In this series, experts will discuss strategies for planning your desktop transformation, critical considerations across your IT organization, and tips for greater implementation success.

Topics are suited for IT managers for desktop services, data centers, security, unified communications, networking, and applications.

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