Jet Packs and VDI on OpenStack: One of These is Ready Now

By Frank Rego
Business Development, SUSE

Remember those old sci-fi movies in the 1960s where spies were flying around in jet packs and cars zipped through the air? The future seemed so cool back then, but 50 years later, we’re still stuck in traffic during rush hour.

Like those old movies, analysts and market pundits have been proclaiming the “year of Virtual Desktop Infrastructure” (VDI) for several years now, and while the growth curve has been steady, uptake has been slower than predicted.

Well, there’s a new energy around VDI. One reason some think the time is now right for VDI is because advances in cloud technology are now able to deliver on the promise of VDI and Desktop as a Service (DaaS). And with the speed at which Docker and related containerization technologies are moving, in the future we should see desktops and applications become even easier to put in the cloud. Today, more customers are starting to think strategically about deploying VDI in different parts of their business.

OpenStack is an excellent infrastructure choice for VDI/DaaS because it combines open source hypervisors and an open source management layer with an enterprise-ready installation framework that enables businesses to really lower their cost to build out VDI.

If you want more details about the implementation of VDI on OpenStack, check out this blog from our partner Leostream, “The Building Blocks of OpenStack and VDI/DaaS.”

And don’t forget to register for SUSECon 2015 in Amsterdam, November 2-6.

Hope to see you at OpenStack Silicon Valley!


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