During the product testing, it became readily apparent to me how important bandwidth management, latency control and traffic optimization are about to become with the coming onslaught of VDI installations, especially since the display protocols around VDI are so sensitive to latency and available bandwidth.
However, the question remains: When large organizations decide to push out wide-scale VDI implementations, will they be able to achieve success without investing in LAN and WAN traffic optimization? I think not, and I also believe that many organizations are going to be surprised at their disappointment with VDI as they move implementations from the pilot stage to actual deployment.
So the big question here for CTOs becomes, 'How are you measuring and managing your bandwidth?"
Simply put, I think devices such as F5's products are going to become a critical element as we move towards pushing more data over the LAN and the WAN-so plan accordingly and don't be surprised if bandwidth becomes the true enemy when deploying VDI, VoIP and other latency sensitive technologies.