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Ready to Rollout


Your VDI Project? Avoid Disruptions with a Staggered Approach


BY FRANK OHLHORST T


HE flick-the-switch method might work for some IT projects, but when it comes to


a VDI project rollout, you’re better off with a staggered method. Flick-the- switch is a technique where a new service, capability, or offering deploys in one fell swoop—either to the excitement or dismay of those affected most by the change. This method may work well for launching websites, new phone systems, or even opening public highways, but it’s a poor way to do a VDI project rollout. Such a quick


change can cause confusion among end-users, harm productivity, and worse yet, expose unknown or unforeseen problems to the whole organization. A better way to move virtual


desktop infrastructure (VDI) into production without major disruptions is to implement virtual desktops slowly. With a staggered VDI project rollout, you can gather performance and resource metrics along the way, so you’re ready for success when it’s time for the full VDI deployment.


Gather Data with a VDI POC The proof-of-concept (POC) stage


is the foundation of a staggered VDI project rollout. Ideally, the VDI POC takes place within the IT department. It’s also good to include another department that exemplifies the organization’s typical business process and suffers from the issues you want to solve with VDI. Participants may include users who work across several departments, such as those in accounting, human resources and so forth. Don’t try to transform an entire


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