Desktop Virtualization: It's Not as Complex as You Think (honest)
Submitted by Catrin Jenkins on
You may have heard the term 'desktop virtualization' from time to time. It might sound a little sci-fi, but the concept really isn't as complex as it sounds.
If you're wondering what it's all about, here's a quick definition: "Desktop virtualization is software technology that separates the desktop environment and associated application software from the physical client device that is used to access it."
No, really. Here's a slightly easier concept to wrap your noodle around:
What is Desktop Virtualization?
Imagine accessing your desktop computer from another device. You can log -in, use all your regular programmes and get to work as if you were sat at your desk. Except, you're logging-in from thousands of miles away, with a different computer.
That's one benefit of desktop virtualization. Of course there's much more to it than that, so we're going to provide a top-level explanation - and discuss the potential benefits to business users - here.
What are the Benefits?
For business users, one of the biggest plus points of desktop virtualization is that all of your work, files, documents and data are stored centrally on a server. That means you can log in and access your work securely from virtually anywhere, and simply carry on from where you left off. You don't need to worry about backing up your work or synchronising files - with this approach, your computer is on a system in a data centre that's already safely backed up. So even if you lose your laptop or your regular PC crashes, you won't lose any of your work.
Why Does it Matter to Businesses?
Operating systems and data are essentially centralised, which impacts business users in various ways:
Convenience and speed:
Take the example of an IT department in a large corporation. That IT department needs to support its users' computers, which could include multiple operating systems. Rather than disturbing each and every employee during the working day to access their computers, or waiting for travelling employees to come back to the office, the IT team can access each system remotely.
If an urgent upgrade is required, the fix can be applied quickly and remotely. By running desktops as virtual machines, you can manage and secure those user environments in one central location. Plus, in the event of disaster recovery, it's usually much easier to retrieve data via a virtual set-up.
Desktop virtualization can save money, due to requiring less hardware and also by managing multiple resources from a central location. However, the cost factor varies enormously depending on the business. Accessing a virtual desktop requires the right software licenses, and that in itself costs - as does the need for powerful servers and additional network bandwidth.
Ultimately, desktop virtualisation is a powerful tool. It has the potential to streamline processes, enhance staff productivity and improve security. If you're considering a virtual approach, then get in touch with us. Under the right circumstances, it can be a smart long-term investment.
The Landmark Technologies Cloud Desktop platform enables the deployment of desktops and business applications from the cloud to any user, anywhere, on any device.