The benefits of virtualization

Greg Garcia, executive director, U.S. Army Information Technology Agency

wfedstaff | June 4, 2015 8:12 pm

May 5, 2015 — Today’s guest is Greg Garcia, executive director of the U.S. Army Information Technology Agency, or what is commonly known as the ITA.

If your agency is considering Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), then you should listen to this interview.

Greg Garcia has lead a team that was very successful at migrating a large group at the Pentagon to VDI.

During the interview, he outlines the key drivers to this transition. He talks about the cost to patch systems, the challenges of reducing costs, and some of the problems they solved with security.

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If you have read about hyper-convergence, you will gain a deeper understanding of its value when Garcia defines it and shows how federal agencies can take advantage of its characteristics.

One surprising outcome of the transition to VDI is the seventy percent power reduction observed as a result.

Garcia had to deal with patching 20,000 to 30,000 computers at the Pentagon. His process was to set up a pilot program, shake out the problems, then deploy on a large scale.

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