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HOW DOES DESKTOP VIRTUALIZATION BENEFIT YOU IN 6 WAYS?

1. EFFICIENCY: In this solution, "virtual" desktops and applications are run on a very cost-effective centralized server and delivered to any user, any time on any device for less than cost of a PC. These devices can be iPads, Android Tablets, or Thin Clients. It enables IT efficiency by smoothly handling peak usage patterns and variable workloads (e.g. handling a CPU-intensive e-learning or Graphics intensive product design). Reduced computing hardware also reduces electricity bills. This also allow users to use a variety of devices they own.

2. COST EFFECTIVENESS:  Institutions can also re-use existing PC’s if they have any until their end-of-life instead of end of support of operating systems and applications. You can also save money on the refresh cycle - instead of buying new PCs for computer labs you can either re-purpose old ones by using them for access to virtual desktops or you can swap them out for less-expensive thin clients.

3. REMOTE ACCESS: A very unique benefit is that users can do their work from their workplace or from their home through secure remote access. Thus Desktop Virtualization help users increase productivity by providing them with a personalized desktop on their device with rich graphics and user experience, and on-demand application any time and any place they need to work.


4. PROTECTION, SECURITY AND PRIVACY: Protection and security of user's data are critical to the success of any company or institution. Desktop Virtualization protects data by storing them on central servers, where they are managed directly by IT, instead of on user devices. From a centralized and scalable server environment, virtual desktops, applications and data are securely delivered to any device anywhere, with granular authenticated access. During user sessions, only keystrokes, mouse clicks and screen refreshes traverse the network. Encryption protects what little data is transmitted and allows users to safely use the virtual desktops like a virtual private network for secure delivery of applications.

5. AGILITY: Because virtual desktops, applications and data reside in the central server, IT Administrator can quickly set up virtual desktops in less than an hour. If a desktop misbehaves, the user simply logs out, and then logs back in, and user then receives a new desktop. Updating the master image automatically updates all the desktops, eliminating the need to “touch” each device to deploy a patch or update. Customers can expect to achieve an average of 80 percent reduction in desktop maintenance and support costs with Desktop Virtualization. 

6. ZERO DOWNTIME: This solution also addresses interruptions due to system upgrades or outages. Server processing and utilization can be easily balanced across multiple servers. During an interruption, access to desktops, applications and data can be instantly redirected to an alternate server so that users can continue using desktops seamlessly.

HOW DOES DESKTOP VIRTUALIZATION WORK?

Desktop Virtualization operates as a client/server computing environment, where user’s desktop environments are hosted on a server. Application execution also takes place on operating system residing in the same server. Desktop users on their local client devices interact with the applications over a network from any location using a remote display protocol. All applications and data used remain on the server with only display, keyboard, and mouse information communicated with the local client device, which may be a conventional PC/laptop, a thin client device, a tablet, or even a smartphone. A common implementation of this approach is to host multiple desktop operating system instances on a server hardware platform running a “hypervisor”. 


WHEN TO USE DESKTOP VIRTUALIZATION?

Desktop Virtualization is used as a means of resource sharing, to provide low-cost desktop computing services in environments where providing every user with a dedicated desktop PC is either too expensive or otherwise unnecessary. It is also used as a means of providing access to Windows applications on non-Windows endpoints including tablets, smart phones and non-Windows-based desktop PCs and laptops. This is also used in instances where IT administrators need to have a more centralized, efficient and simplified client environment that is easier to maintain, especially when the number clients are large and be able to respond more quickly to the changing needs of the users.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE DOMAINS WHERE DESKTOP VIRTUALIZATION IS RECOMMENDED?

1. EDUCATION: Education is increasingly going online. From conducting classes, to providing students with various services such as computer labs, educational institutions are turning to Windows applications and the web to streamline education. More and more institutions are implementing such e-learning programs and computer based education to expand the reach of their classroom teaching. Educations institutions can now provide computer based learning to hundreds of students simultaneously, at less cost, higher performance and easier maintenance.

2. DESIGN: Product design and engineering design companies are heavy users of dedicated high performance graphics based design applications such as AutoCAD, SolidWorks etc.They typically employ several high skilled designers who perform advanced graphical functions such as 2D drawing and 3D rendering. By adding high performance graphics engines (e.g. NVidia K2 Grahics Processing Unit) to the centralized servers, designers have excellent virtual desktop user experience while at the same time reducing set up costs and also reducing the recurring maintenance costs.

3. FINANCIAL SERVICES: Desktop virtualization and on-demand applications allow bankers, tellers and agents to access desktops and applications from any location or device. For example, bankers can work at a mobile kiosk in a public airport and have access to financial data. Because these resources reside in the datacenter, IT can manage them with intelligent automation of measures based on the access context. By centralizing desktop and application management, financial services organizations can reduce total operational costs by up to 40 percent. 

4. HEALTHCARE: IT can simplify operations and reduce costs by centrally managing, patching and updating desktop images and apps in the datacenter. Clinicians gain real-time access to clinical information, apps and desktops with a seamless, high-definition experience. Data remains secure within the datacenter, protected through such features as standards-based encryption, secure remote access, event logging and multi-factor authentication.

5. BUSINESS PROCESS OUTSOURCING: Virtualization helps BPO organization in two ways 1) They can simplify and reduce the cost of IT hardware on desks of each process executive by eliminating costly and power hungry CPU boxes, thereby saving precious space also. 2) Companies that want to use 3rd party BPO services can give access to their in-house applications to such BPO service providers through a secure Virtualized interface. This is very cost-effective and very safe without giving them any physical access, while at the same time able to retain control over those applications and information.


SUMMARY

In summary, Desktop Virtualization is a tremendous step forward to improving the overall usability, flexibility, performance, reliability and manageability of large number of desktops and applications. In combination with these, its future proofing and cost efficiency provide great value to companies and institutions.

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