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Desktop Virtualization Primer for CIOs

One of the most talked-about topics for many IT executives right now is desktop virtualization. Desktop virtualization comes on the heels of server virtualization, which has been a tremendous boon for many organizations. CIOs see desktop virtualization as the rightful heir to server virtualization, and they have high hopes. They want to save money and improve the efficiency of the IT function all at once.
Still, there are some important concepts you need to grasp as a CIO before you dive your department directly into the desktop virtualization world:

•    Desktop virtualization is more than just virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). VDI is based on the idea of centralized desktops hosted on a server. Desktop virtualization more broadly includes technologies like terminal services, blade workstations, application virtualization and even streaming workstation.

•    Desktop virtualization can save you money, but not in the same way as server virtualization. You’re going to save on operating expenditures which are often where the highest spending is in IT. Chances are that desktop virtualization probably isn’t going to save you money on capital expenditures in the way that server virtualization did. There’s no data center footprint, and the physical desktop is already self-contained.

•    Business continuity and disaster recovery become an important question in a desktop virtualization world. Virtualization offers a great way to help with BC/DR, because virtual desktops can be more easily backed up and replicated.

•    Compliance and discovery are aided by desktop virtualization. If you had to do discover on thousands of PCs, the costs can be astronomical. If all the data is backed up and replicated in your data center, you can do whatever legal discovery you need to do and verify whatever regulations apply to your business are being complied with.

•    Desktop virtualization is a boon to the support department. There’s no process of pulling someone’s machine, trying to restore their data and configs. You just swap the hardware and push the virtual desktop back out to the user.

•    Secure, versatile access is one huge benefit of desktop virtualization. Providing secure access to your Network Engineer from his home laptop at 3 AM means less downtime and a happier Network Engineer. For a distributed sales force, it means real-time access to all of the important business data they could ever want, from sales materials to inventory.

The question isn’t whether desktop virtualization is a good idea. The question is whether the current offerings can meet your business’ needs.

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