Over the past several weeks we’ve had numerous requests from our clients desiring to know more about desktop virtualization so I thought it might be of interest for many of our readers to understand what some of the features are. I’ll go over the technical requirements in a future blog.
Desktop virtualization is simply a way for your organization to centralize all the various desktop PCs (typically Windows) and their data onto one or more servers. The operating system and all the user data are located on the server. The end user then boots up any device they choose – PC, thin client, tablet, smartphone, etc. – and connects to this ‘virtual desktop’.
The main reason for doing this is that it creates an environment that makes it far simpler to manage desktop PCs. Instead of having to go through the multi-hour process of re-imaging a PC every time something goes wrong or it’s time to upgrade and replace hardware, you can now manage everything through the server. All the data is located in one place so it never leaves your corporate data center, which helps with many compliance issues. Also, since all the processing is happening on a server, I only need inexpensive PCs or thin clients on the user’s desk.
From a user’s perspective, I can pick whatever device I want to connect to my ‘virtual desktop’, which may be different on any given day depending on where I’m located and what I’m doing. I can have access to all my favorite apps, configured just the way I like.
Although desktop virtualization is not a new idea (think Microsoft Terminal Services and Citrix), we do have new ways of doing it now that are very compelling, particularly if you already have a virtualized environment.
Feel free to contact us today to discuss how desktop virtualization can enhance your organization.