Desktop Virtualization

By: US Resources

Desktop Virtualization

This technology lets businesses host desktops from a central data
centre or server. Desktop virtualization is simply about moving everything
going on during a desktop session to a server and hosting it there, making it
accessible from any of the PCs on the server. Sounds like Private Cloud, but it
is far more complicated and effective.

What it does is basically provide users with an operating system
that is located independently from their local physical stream. The company’s
data center with its servers, hosts the operating system, user data and the
applications running on the PCs. User can access all of these from any desktop
located in the environment. The biggest benefit is perhaps that virtualization
lets employees access their work desktop from anywhere via LAN, WAN as well as
home broadband. This has greatly increased productivity for many companies
already.

Implementing desktop virtualization is easy. Specialist
technicians can easily install operating systems, applications and the relevant
updates at the data center and as well as the virtual desktops. These systems
can also be enabled to support USB drives and local printing. Integrating the
virtues of desktop virtualization with corporate directories is possible as
well.

Security may be an issue, but with desktop virtualization security
administration is completely centralized as well.  Antivirus and Firewall policies can be applied
and supervised remotely from the data center. It also has the ability to track
and restrict users from accessing certain applications on their PCs or simply
monitoring them is also a possibility. Desktop Virtualization improves
upon security as the
management is centralized. It also enables user to create faster, more reliable
and easier backup and recovery of
all the user data. This is possible only due to its centralized hosting and
administration capabilities.

Desktop virtualization technology has proved to be particularly
beneficial for small and medium businesses. According to a recent survey, 41%
of all small and medium enterprises are currently experimenting with or
implementing desktop virtualization.

Businesses are increasingly feeling the need to centralize their
control over corporate data for security reasons. Desktop Virtualization is the
answer for those looking for ways to keep their proprietary information off
their employees’ Smart phones and laptops. Virtualization is only way to get
the work done without having your files stored and saved elsewhere other than
the company server.

The desktop virtualization technology enables organization to set
up desktops more quickly than ever before. It also helps improve upon business
stability and disaster recovery and management all the while reducing capital
and operating system costs. It streamlines processes that assist in the
migration and upgrading of operating systems and applications. Users of desktop
virtualization solutions can depend on it to do all of this and more with less
downtime. It completely eliminates the need to have your applications recoded
or recertified, and gets your existing desktop assets performing at their best.

There are downsides to it as well. It is very difficult (but not
impossible) to get graphics and HD video to work with desktop virtualization.
Also some operating systems don’t fare so well when working from centralized
data servers. But there are ways of getting around everything. But overall, the
immense benefits of desktop virtualization far outweigh its disadvantages.