The virtualization phenomena began simply with server virtualization, but each year seems to bring to light a new use case for virtualization. What we are going to talk about in this article is specifically desktop virtualization.

The desktop virtualization market has experienced substantial growth in the past 2 years. The niche players that own the lion’s share of the market are Citrix and VMware. Citrix offers their XenDesktop approach to desktop virtualization and VMware offers VMware View as their solution. If you’ve been paying attention at all for the past 2 years you’ve seen the steady growth in the desktop virtualization war between these two virtualization giants. Either way you decide to go, you’ll eventually come to the crossroads of deciding whether your virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) will employ persistent desktops, non-persistent desktops or a hybrid persistent/non-persistent environment.

How do you decide which route to take? First off, you have to understand what these two types of virtual desktops are and their differences. By the time you get to the end of this article, my hope is that you will be able to answer that question for yourself and plan your VDI deployment successfully.

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Greg W Stuart
Greg is the owner and editor of He's been a VMware vExpert every year since 2011. Greg enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 kids. He works as a Sr. Consultant at VMware and resides in Northern Virginia, 15 minutes west of Washington DC.

One thought on “Persistent vs. Non-persistent Virtual Desktops

  1. Nice post Greg….I’m using dedicated pools with persistent disks….but I’d much rather be using floating pools with a third party profile management solution

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