Let the experts help make your
VDI vision a reality in 2014

The future of desktop delivery is here now. But you still have to design it right.

VDI has been on everyone’s hot list for almost ten years, but it’s only now that we’re seeing the breakthroughs that make it possible, and affordable. In just this past year alone, two major game changing technologies have come to light:

  • Support for GPUs and high quality graphics in VDI
  • Low-cost storage systems that support persistent desktops.

You’ve probably got an idea of how to implement virtual desktop technology in your organization, but if you’re like most IT pros you still need those last few pieces to align. We’ll help you sort through the facts vs. fiction, figure an approach to Windows on the desktop, and deal with users who want to work from tablets, phones, and their own devices.

Our half-day seminar is traveling across North America in 2014, and it features the world-renowned independent desktop experts Brian Madden and Gabe Knuth (see location list on the right for who is speaking in which city). This seminar is packed full in order to maximize your time out of the office. Join us in your city to learn:

  • How you can take your VDI vision from dreams to reality in 2014, where you can be successful today, and where the limitations still are.
  • How adding GPUs to VDI servers broadens compatibility for graphically-intense Windows applications for VDI
  • A look at VDI costs in 2014: We can now buy more with less
  • The future of the Windows desktop
  • Whether you need to move to Windows 8.1 now that you’re on Windows 7
  • How to combine Windows apps with tablets and phones
  • If BYOC is still a thing. And, should you worry about it?

Plus, we’ll tackle the critical tips for getting storage right for VDI Now that we finally have storage technologies that enable VDI and desktop virtualization, we’ll dive into the key drivers of change, study the trends, and examine which projects are actually working and why.

Successful and cost-effect VDI projects in the 200-500 user range were considered unfathomable only a year ago – find out the key contributors of their success today and how you can take advantage!

Admission to this seminar is FREE but seating is limited. Register today!


Dates and locations

Tuesday, Nov. 18

Minneapolis, MN

Brian Madden
Tuesday, Dec. 16

New York, NY

Brian Madden


Agenda and sessions

8:00 AM

Registration/Morning Refreshments – Exhibit area is open

8:55 AM

Opening Remarks

9:00 AM

Session in detail

VDI “State of the Industry” for 2014
We’ll talk about where VDI has worked, where it hasn’t, and whether companies are actually transitioning from the “tried, but failed” to the “actually using” categories for VDI.

10:00 AM

Peer Networking and Refreshment Break (Exhibit Area is Open)

10:15 AM

Solution Presentations

11:15 AM

Peer Networking and Refreshment Break (Exhibit Area is Open)

11:45 AM

Session in detail

Getting Storage Right for VDI
More large VDI projects have launched in last few months than in the past seven or eight years combined. That's because we finally have the storage technologies that enable VDI and desktop virtualization to be done in the way that desktop architects actually want to do them. You'll learn which of the dozens of storage trends actually matter to Desktop People and why these huge VDI projects are actually working out.

12:45 PM

Q&A with Brian Madden

1:00 PM Complimentary networking lunch and presentation by Avnet/HP

2:00 PM

Raffle and Seminar Adjourns

Keynote speakers

Please reference Dates and Locations section above for who is speaking in each city

Brian Madden Bio
Independent Industry Analyst, Blogger & Author
Gabe Knuth Bio
Independent Industry Analyst & Blogger, BrianMadden.com


Sponsorship opportunities are still available for 2014.

Event Sponsors


Gold Sponsors

Nutanix PernixData

Silver Sponsors


Media partners

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Attend this free seminar for the chance to win a $250 gift card for NewEgg.com!


TechTarget contact

Please feel free to contact us with any questions not addressed on our website:


Mike Parisi, 617-431-9718

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sean Matthews, 617-431-9414