Jure Mohar (2011) Evaluation of remote display protocols for virtual desktop infrastructure. EngD thesis.
In this thesis, we evaluated remote display protocols for virtual desktop infrastructure. Protocols, over which we carried out a more detailed comparative analysis, were RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) and PCoIP (PC-over-IP). RDP is probably the most widespread and well-known protocol for accessing a remote desktop, whereas PCoIP protocol was developed as a direct competitor to RDP for the VDI environment. In this thesis, we present through comparative analysis, how these two protocols work in different contexts and how much resources they consume. In addition, we investigate and evaluate user experience. Protocols we have tested are RDP 7, RDP with RemoteFX and PCoIP (View 5). For our performance analysis, we have set up two VDI environments, first one on the Microsoft Hyper-V infrastructure and the second one on VMware View infrastructure. The results of the analysis have shown that both protocols worked very well in LAN environment, yet RDP with RemoteFX worked a bit better. In WAN environment, mainly because of good user experience, the winning protocol was PCoIP.
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