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DeMystifying the Virtual Desktop: Starting with Desktop Virtualization
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 11, 2010
Mr. Fox has written a vendor-neutral book that will help IT Managers understand how these types of technologies work at the high-level, the important questions to ask when designing these solutions and, perhaps most importantly, how to sell this to your CFO/CEO. I specifically like his discussion around the importance of SLAs at the application level. I think there are a number of consultants in this world selling to IT Management on the vast savings and improvements these products will provide in IT Operations without consideration for the end users. The purpose of IT is to enable and support individuals so they can focus on their role and not be hindered by the tools they use to do it. If their productivity decreases as a result of moving to a virtual desktop infrastructure, you have done a disservice to your organization.

If you are considering virtualizing desktops within your organization, regardless of the method or vendor, this book will help provide you the framework to plan and make this transition successfully.
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on June 21, 2011
Michael Fox has done a tremendous job in simplyfying the concept of the virtual or hosted desktop.

We have been in this market segment for 7 years, we build these virtual hardware and software technologies and we now give Michaels's book to all new hires. Across job function, sales, system engineers, software developers.

Its the only book of its kind that covers this explosive area of technolgy.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 10, 2011
Finally, a book about desktop virtualization that is not trying to sell the features and benefits of any particular vendor or product. And therein lies one of the most important reminders we get from this book - that solutions should be driven by requirements rather than by technology. It's the end user experience that will ultimately determine the success or failure of a VDI implementation rather than the features of any particular product set and the requirements driven approach presented in this book never lets us lose sight of that fact.

Michael Fox clearly possesses a very deep understanding of desktop virtualization and what it takes to implement it successfully. His clear and concise writing style provides clarity to what is an increasingly complex subject area. He provides a thorough overview of the different elements that make up an effective solution and provides an excellent guide to planning that ensures the requisite controls and measures are in place to identify and mitigate risk while also quantifying the potential impact of VDI on the organization from a resources and financial point of view.

This book is essential reading for anyone considering the implementation of desktop virtualization in their organization. It provides the basis for sound decision making and intelligent planning that are the keys to success in introducing this technology to the enterprise.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 9, 2011
DeMystifying the Virtual Desktop clarifies what virtual desktop is, and identifes and outlines both financial, logistical and user considerations when deciding or implementing virtual desktop. This book was useful from the very first meeting I attended relating to a virtual desktop project and allowed me to have an up-front understanding of some of the complexities which surround moving a company from one system to virtual desktop. Mr. Fox's knowledge of the subject shines through in the details and information provided. The graphs and figures in the book are clear and easy-to-understand. Details on things to consider in a move to virtual desktop including: the outlook and needs of the user; the logistics and costs relating to hardware; the steps and plans needed for the move; and, the financial considerations are covered in the book. It also provides a clear outline of the pros and cons of virtual desktop in an unbiased manner. This book is a "must read" for anyone involved in a project relating to virtual desktop.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 28, 2011
This book is fantastic for both the IT Professional trying to wrap their arms around the highly ambiguous world of the virtual desktop, and the executive looking to implement a virtual desktop strategy in their organization. In his book, Mr. Fox clearly and succinctly reviews the implications that the virtual desktop has to an organization with a focus on the components that make up the virtual desktop, and reminds the reader of the true way of gauging success---end user experience. I feel that this book did a great job of taking a vendor-neutral approach in breaking down a much talked about, but not well understood topic. Great book.
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on February 24, 2011
Michael Fox's "DeMystifying the Virtual Desktop: Starting with Desktop Virtualization" really helped me crystalize my understanding of the Virtual Desktop with its clear explanation of the different moving parts of a Desktop Virtualization solution. I like the way he laid out the concepts and builds the picture. For anyone just getting started with DV this is a must read.

It's a simple, crisp read that kept my attention and didn't leave me bogged down in all the acronyms or vendor products.

Excellent job Michael.

Simon Clephan
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 17, 2010
I have been working in virtualization technologies for over 8 years now, and right now everyone is talking about virtual desktops. The problem is, few people truly understand the cost or impact that implementing virtual desktops. Mr Fox's book is a must read for anyone looking into virtual desktops.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 12, 2011
A superb attempt at making desktop virtualization easy to understand for the rest of us !

I have worked with and liked the wonderful Mr Fox since the early days of the desktop virtualization space and I am pleased to report that he still teaches me something new every time I speak with him, our favorite subject is virtual desktops and in virtual desktop matters, few have the real-world experience and depth of understanding that Mr Fox does.

I think that the best technical authors have a talent for explaining really difficult concepts in a way that their audience can understand and more importantly digest. Certainly to newcomers to the desktop virtualization space, what we do (virtual desktop deployments) is tremendously complex and notoriously difficult to prepare well for and think about in advance.

Sure, most people understand the concept of a virtual desktop by now, but when it comes to assessing and thinking about their own corporate desktop environments most people who are not technically experienced or qualified desktop professionals just get lost amongst application virtualization, connection protocols, hypervisors, profiles and of course the actual users. Its easy to get lost, the tech vendors out there complicate and obfuscate issues to the point where nobody is quite sure whats what and whats best for them.

Michael takes an eminently sensible approach here with his book and completely ignores all of the vendors and the technologies, what you call a proper platform-agnostic approach and one which I believe will serve the readers of this book well, better than most advice people in our space will give you.

He ignores the vendors and the different platforms because they really are not what is important in a virtual desktop deployment and instead focuses on your organizations understanding of your own needs and your users, the most important element of any large scale virtual desktop deployment. The argument for this approach is sound, if you can first understand your own environment and users in the context of desktop virtualization, then you are in a much stronger and better position where it is easier to decide what technologies you actually do need and which will best server your needs.

At my company tuCloud, this is common practice. Before we speak to any of our clients about technology and platforms, we first want to know exactly what their desktops look like now and exactly what their users are like. We want to draw up a design analysis and a comprehensive pre-deployment desktop and application assessment before we even begin to look at implementing solutions and in my experience this is the best approach. The VDI project fails of 2008, 2009 and 20010 were mainly down to the fact that people did not take this critical step before hand and conduct a proper platform-agnostic assessment of their environment.

Now the really good thing about this book is that if you are a large SMB or enterprise CIO, IT director, desktop manager or just interested in the subject, Mr Foxes book will help you arrive at exactly the same point and results that expensive desktop virtualization consultants who come in and conduct a platform-agnostic assessment would do before they designed an infrastructure and if they were doing their jobs properly. This book literally would save you at least 50k's worth of consultancy on a large deployment by giving you the ability and understanding to put together your own design analysis and conduct your own platform-agnostic assessments.

We give this book to every new guys who starts with us and to every prospect and client we work with, everybody appreciates it and everybody learns from it, this is the highest recommendation I can give.

If you are looking for a well written guide to the desktop virtualization space and how it relates to your organization, this is it.

Well done Mr Fox, there really is not anything quite like this book on the market and this book is a fantastic achievement and earns you enormous respect in my eyes and I am sure the eyes of many others for giving us this transfer of information.

Guise Bule
CEO
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 3, 2012
I disliked this book at all: too general, lacking any real in deep information.
Reading it did not gave me any real usefulness.
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