Glenn Astarita gives some frank lessons learned from a recent project, where they were rolling out VDI on top of a roiling set of changes to the environment — active directory, new app rollouts, new storage, asset inventories, and challenging communication. We’ve all experienced that short sharp shock when plans meet reality on a project. I’m not trying to be discouraging, just to acknowledge that rolling out a powerful infrastructure stack requires careful steps. We recently pointed to this article for some positive tips.
Naturally, all complex projects require dedicated resources. Yet, large VMware endeavors may warrant the buy-in of IT personnel, spanning Service Desk, Systems Engineering, WAN Engineering, Applications owners, Business Analysts and others, namely because the VMware methodologies touch cross-platform elements within the overall scope of execution. It’s hard work upfront that makes things go easier at the end. Nonetheless, these lessons learned and others not cited here, should prove to be a good resource for subsequent VDI projects. Although the continual evolvement of technologies warrant project- centric adjustments and changes, which is a scenario that remains consistent as the IT industry frequently reinvents itself.