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Every VDI deployment has its thorn

VDI has always faced an uphill slog. Implementation is time-consuming and expensive. The technology only fits certain use cases, and with so many moving parts and people to please, a lot of problems can crop up.

If your higher-ups are on board with doing VDI and you get the infrastructure right, one of the last hang ups you might encounter is user acceptance. If workers don’t want to use their virtual desktops, your project is as good as dead. Virtual desktops and applications must work when users need them, and they need to work well. They should be fast, responsive, and easy to access.

When employees use graphically intensive applications, such as CAD or architecture apps, they press a particularly sharp thorn into your VDI deployment’s side: Graphics are resource hungry, and when they don’t get what they need, they get laggy and slow. When applications are laggy and slow, workers aren’t happy, and anyone who’s ever handled a help desk ticket knows what unhappy workers can be like.

Fortunately, graphics processing unit (GPU) cards, emulation and virtualization are all viable options to improve performance.

GPU emulation is cheap, but it won’t help much with very needy applications. GPU cards can get pricey if you have to support many people, but a dedicated GPU is a power user’s dream come true. If you can’t afford to match one GPU to every one of your users, you can virtualize it or share it among users.

No matter how many users need graphics support, it’s likely there’s a GPU option that fits, and our new handbook, GPUs Bring Lightning-Fast Apps to Virtual Desktops, has the information you need to make an informed decision.