How to select the right VDI hypervisor

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The hypervisor, which abstracts physical resources and delivers them to users through one or more VMs, is at the heart of any VDI deployment. When IT considers hypervisors, it should evaluate what platforms the hypervisor supports, how IT can secure and manage the hypervisor, how the hypervisor delivers desktops, and the total cost of ownership (TCO). Only then can IT ensure that the hypervisor it selects will meet its requirements now and in the foreseeable future.



An important consideration with any hypervisor is the platform it will run on. For example, the Xen and KVM hypervisors both use the Linux kernel, so they’re limited to Linux hosts. Microsoft Hyper-V is available only with Windows Server and Hyper-V Server, which means committing to Windows desktops. The hardware that hosts the VDI hypervisor is also important. Xen can run on x86, x86-64, Itanium and advanced RISC machine architectures, while VMware ESXi has stricter hardware requirements that limit it to 64-bit x86 servers. Organizations that have already invested in potentially incompatible platforms must take their existing systems into account when evaluating hypervisors.

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