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T cl c c B oth thin and zero clients have many purposes of VDI---they are less expensive to buy and maintain and don't need to agency personnel to be much more mobile, since employees access their desktops from wherever they happen to be, on whatever device they happen support staff. Neither requires boot-up time, and users can access their desktop complete with settings, as well as data and applications. And because both thin and zero clients have no hard drives (they access their desktops, applications and data either from the cloud or a server in an agency's data center), they are much more secure. Although cost is just one is about four times that of a thin or zero client, but can provide the same desktop experience to end users. Government is diving into thin Army plans to use thin - or zero- client Secretary of Army for Acquisition, moving users to virtual desktops on thin or zero clients, and Defense Department the department plans to shift from thick to thin clients. State and local government agencies its server virtualization project with a zero client implementation for the desktop. As a result, help desk calls have has increased, and the city can better meet its stringent budget requirements. Similarly, the city of Staunton, Va., moved its public libraries to zero clients. but improved management by allowing managers to centrally control settings. Game GAME CHANGING ECHNOLOG O MEE AGENC MI ION SPONSORED REPORT VIRTUAL DESKTOP INFRASTRUCTURE TRANSFORMATION: VDI AND MOBILITY Whether it's a telework arrangement, a business trip or a job that requires a lot of time out of the o ce, mobility has proven to be a key productivity tool at all levels of government. raditionally, however, mobility has required government employees to use fully equipped notebook computers, smartphones or tablets---devices capable of storing data, inadvertently downloading viruses and malware, and getting lost or stolen. Looking for a safer, more e ective way to allow employees to work remotely, many agencies at all levels of government have started applying the VDI concept to mobile computing. And why not? With all data stored elsewhere, mobile devices are just as good of a platform for VDI as thin clients. hey provide access to agency and personal data, reduce the need for client software on mobile devices and have single sign-on capability, an important security factor for government agencies. Initially, many agency forays into mobile VDI were on notebook computers, and it has worked exceedingly well. For example, the city of North Myrtle Beach, .C., outfitted several dozen public works employees and building inspectors with the devices, allowing them to access the city's public works system while in the field. On the federal side, the Navy recently announced that it would be replacing many traditional laptops with mobile thin clients for sta overseas, primarily to improve secure access to applications and data. Although VDI on notebook computers continues to increase in popularity, some agencies are looking for ways to shrink the footprint even further with VDI-enabled tablets. Monterey County, Calif., is piloting VDI-enabled tablets for its social service caseworkers, while North Myrtle Beach supplies its beach services personnel with VDI-enabled iPads to keep track of orders for beach chairs and umbrellas. DECISION POINT: VDI IS AN ENABLER FOR DISASTER RECOVERY Whether it's a natural or manmade disaster, business interruptions are a fact of life, and government agencies are no exception. et a recent Meri alk survey found that just eight percent of respondents believed that their agency could recover 100 percent of the data subject to service level agreements ( LAs) during a disaster. At the same time, the Meri alk survey found that more than half believe that virtualization has had a positive impact on their disaster recovery capabilities. he feds may be on to something. Virtualization in general, and VDI in specific, can be an invaluable part of a disaster recovery plan. Here's why: individual PCs. Because the data is saved in a data center (or in the cloud), a workplace disaster is less of a real disaster, since employees are more likely to still be able to access their information, applications and data. method of connecting users---VDI works anywhere an Internet connection is available. hat's less to worry about when accessing a desktop remotely; users won't feel like they are missing anything. T v bl , ll w s s s: store and recreate virtual machines from templates. here are several tools that do this, including VMWare's ite Recovery Manager. information that can exist on a virtual machine, such as operating system files. One thorough method is by doing a full disk image backup.