Adam Carter, the technical product manager for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) wrote a great blog post on the overall value that session-based and virtual machine-based desktop deployment provides in response to a datasheet by VMware.
“…Our approach to VDI is fundamentally different from VMware’s, primarily because we believe in providing choices to our customers. Unlike VMware, Microsoft can deliver VDI functionality in 3 different ways:
- Session-based desktop deployment (Remote Desktop Session Host, formerly known as Terminal Server)
- Virtual machine-based desktop deployment using pooled virtual desktops
- Virtual machine-based desktop deployment using personal virtual desktops
As each solution has its pros and cons, a single console management experience for all three means that you can choose to mix and match experiences for your users depending on their needs…”