Status of the government VDI movement

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Status of the government VDI movement

Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and mobility are getting a lot of attention in the government lately. IT departments are digesting information, considering ways to save money and identifying opportunities to cut security problems related to mobility. VDI rises to the top often. 

Thwart BYOD mobility threats

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Thwart BYOD mobility threats

Mobility is forced on IT administrators today.

Users find ways to enable their own devices for what is termed BYOD — bring your own device. I ran across this article recently that underscores the security problems I believe are the biggest reasons a robust mobility solution is imperative for admins: 

“A muddled mix of policies covering laptops, Wi-Fi and consumer devices has led to 'security gaps big enough to drive a semi through.'”
 
— Michael Finneran, author of the InformationWeek 2012 State of Mobile Security Survey

Clients: Thick, thin and zero?

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Clients: Thick, thin and zero?

In the world of virtualization, it seems every new concept in IT lately is an old concept reborn. The very idea of server virtualization that created this revolution in open systems IT has been used in mainframes for decades. Recently, the federal government has begun adopting a thin client approach to data processing, switching computing power from desktops to massive data centers. This trend brings back to mind mainframes and minicomputers of the 1970s and ’80s, in which most computing took place at centralized servers and workers’ machines were merely terminals processing basic input and output commands. What was old is new again.

A winning combination for VDI

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A winning combination for VDI

Since 2001, an increasing number of government employees and contractors have started teleworking. Although it is a convenient alternative for employees, the growth in teleworking over the years has presented new challenges for agency IT administrators.