Can you name a single activity that consumes more IT staff time and presents more potential exposure to enterprise security risks than maintaining desktop and laptop computers across the enterprise? Despite the widespread use of remote desktop management tools, administrators must periodically descend upon offices and cubicles to upgrade or troubleshoot PCs.
Most organizations have grown accustomed to distributing PCs to employees, maintaining and upgrading them, and then replacing them every few years. But you can now disrupt this repetitive cycle and drive down the costs of acquiring and maintaining PCs for your connected workforce. Desktop virtualization is an increasingly popular approach that allows the enterprise to reduce desktop IT costs, improve operational efficiency, and increase control over desktop computing environments.
But if desktop virtualization offers so many advantages, what's been the holdup in preventing IT from uncovering the many virtues of virtual desktops?
The historical arguments against desktop virtualization have primarily been the costs of more powerful servers, virtualization software licenses, the need for additional enterprise network bandwidth, and lack of broadband connectivity for traveling users or users working from home. ButFast IT presents a new model for IT that transforms IT infrastructure, making it more flexible, automated, simple, and secure. It reduces the complexity and operational costs of IT while allowing you to create innovative capabilities and services that add real value to your business.
A Fast IT model enables the cost-effective deployment of virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) delivered over high-speed enterprise networks. Most IT departments today are wrestling with the financial constraints of tighter IT budgets and pressures to reduce capital costs for end-user computing infrastructure. VDI allows you to extend the productive life of legacy PCs while streamlining technical support.
You can provide virtual desktops to client computers over a network from a centralized source, which could be the enterprise data center or even a service provider cloud. Distributing software patches and updates to operating system and applications is dramatically simplified, because you can centrally--and transparently--push them out to PCs.
IT administrators can spend less time managing physical PCs, and virtual desktops offer centralized security and enable automated backups. Desktop Virtualization Solutions offer choice and flexibility, allowing you to choose an on-premises desktop virtualization solution, a cloud-based solution, or a combination of both so you can:
- Simplify operations
- Improve security
- Support new devices
- Reduce the costs of computing
With on-premises Desktop Virtualization, desktops are hosted in your data center. Built on the Unified Data Center, Desktop Virtualization allows you to support new business models and improve productivity and IT operations. For example, Miami Children's Hospital adopted Desktop Virtualization and not only improved the productivity of hospital staff thanks to 99.999% network availability, but also reduced backup time by 50%. And Indianapolis Public Schools saved up to $2 million in licensing fees by delivering 5,300 virtual desktops to 33,000 students, faculty, and administrators while also simplifying desktop support.
Cloud-based Desktop as a Service (DaaS) provides the same benefits but services are provided from an offsite, cloud-based data center. DaaS is an economical, pay-per-user approach that provides virtual desktops and reduces the day-to-day IT responsibilities for end-user computing.
Legacy objections to VDI solutions are no longer relevant in today's modern world of connected users. As the number of connections grows and technology innovates, business leaders need an infrastructure that can keep up with the pace of rapid change. Virtualizing enterprise desktops allows you to reduce the costs of purchasing desktops while reducing time spent maintaining, updating, and troubleshooting PCs and laptops. It also allows the CIO and senior IT management to more efficiently utilize time and energy on more strategic activities to drive business innovation while continuing to uncover the many virtues of virtual desktops.
This story, "Uncovering the virtues of virtual desktops" was originally published by CIO.