VMware introduced its new connection broker for its recommended virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) Monday at the VMworld exhibition in San Francisco. On Wednesday, the leading virtualization vendor laid out its vision for building that VDI solution through its updated Virtual Desktop Manager (VDM) software, claiming that the connection broker can be used to create a server-hosted virtual desktop infrastructure that beats virtual environments based on a Windows terminal server hands down.
Richard Garthsagen, VMware's senior product manager of Enterprise Desktop Solutions, led a well-attended breakout session Wednesday afternoon at San Francisco's Moscone Center. According to Garthsagen, virtual desktop infrastructures built around VDM successfully deal with common issues with Windows terminal server virtualized environments, such as problems with load balance and challenges to resource control. At the same time, the VMware solution is much less costly than the construction of "blade PCs," which Garthsagen characterized as "very stable, but very expensive."