What is VDI?

When I got into computing, we were just beginning the transition from large 'terminal' based systems to personal-computer networks, where processing power moved from large 'central processing units' to individual computers.

We've been moving back to the future over the past few years, with a return to centralized processing in a number of flavors. The most recent of these is VDI or 'Virtualized Desktop Infrasturcture' (Wikipedia article). In the context of legal practice, VDI means that IT no longer frets with dozens, hundreds, or thousands of individual computers, but rather - defines a 'virtual' computer that is instantly replicated for users as users access a centralized system. The individual computer only exists 'virtually'.

Also see this related article from TOSS on 4 types of virtualization. Read article here.

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