Persistent vs. Non-Persistent Debate Video

Gunnar Berger, research director for Gartner’s IT Professionals service, mediated a debate yesterday at VMworld based on my article Open letter to non-persistent VDI fanboys….

Here is the full video recording

This article was first published by Andre Leibovici (@andreleibovici) at myvirtualcloud.net.


  1. Phil S

    We actually use a mix of persistent and non-persistent pools for very good reasons.

    -We use pers. pools for employees who want to customize their settings and install a few small specialized apps. This works well for them and well for us (IT) enabling us to update all desktops with new core software packages, security updates, etc.

    -We use non-pers. pools for students in public computer labs and off-campus learning roles. If we used dedicated desktops for all 7000 students, our infrastructure and licensing costs would literally close the college. Using floating non-pers. pools allows us to only run 300 desktops that service all 7000 students and we never run out. Also, with refresh on logoff enabled, every user gets the same clean desktop experience and we don’t worry about previous user debris like bookmarks, cookies, and malware/spyware, etc.

    Good debate, though – thanks!

  2. James Green

    This was great to watch, and I enjoyed Shawn getting a little worked up 😉

    In the end, each deployment model has a use case and there is no “right” answer – only one that fits within the requirements and constraints of a project/company.

  3. Gig Idy

    words words words. Use case.

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