VDI Case Study: Cisco IT best practices for desktop virtualization deployments

Richard Whitmarsh, Senior IT Manager
Like many businesses, Cisco IT is implementing desktop virtualization to support changing work styles while lowering IT costs and reducing risks. Virtual desktops are a critical element of Cisco IT’s next generation workspace strategy is to enable employees, partners and contractors with maximum flexibility to securely access any application, on any device, at any location, anytime.

Join us, as Richard Whitmarsh, Senior IT Manager leading the VDI program at Cisco, reveals the business drivers, use cases, challenges, results and lessons learned associated with Cisco’s initial deployment of 2000 virtual desktops. He will also discuss some of the design and architecture obstacles and how Cisco IT overcame these to achieve a secure, scalable and cost effective implementation based on the Cisco Virtualization Experience Infrastructure (VXI) Smart Solution.

If you are looking to for best practices for scaling your desktop virtualization deployment, this is a webcast you won't want to miss.
Aug 22 2012
57 mins
VDI Case Study: Cisco IT best practices for desktop virtualization deployments
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    Join us, as Richard Whitmarsh, Senior IT Manager leading the VDI program at Cisco, reveals the business drivers, use cases, challenges, results and lessons learned associated with Cisco’s initial deployment of 2000 virtual desktops. He will also discuss some of the design and architecture obstacles and how Cisco IT overcame these to achieve a secure, scalable and cost effective implementation based on the Cisco Virtualization Experience Infrastructure (VXI) Smart Solution.

    If you are looking to for best practices for scaling your desktop virtualization deployment, this is a webcast you won't want to miss.
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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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