IT organizations strive to virtualize most application and server workloads in the datacenter. When designing virtual solutions with XenDesktop, XenApp, or XenServer there are conflicting schools of thought with regard to implementing a virtual environment. As architects begin to standardize on a virtualized platform, the imminent question that always appears to arise is should this application be installed on a Physical or Virtual Server? Now with advances in virtualization technology, there are several options available that make virtualizing IT resources a reality in the enterprise.

Tad Nelson Consulting has been involved in multiple scenarios where applications and servers were successfully virtualized within XenDesktop, XenApp and on all three major hypervisors Citrix XenServer, Microsoft Hyper-V, and VMware vSphere.