Why desktop virtualization is on the rise

And how your organisation can benefit

Most IT managers and system administrators these days are having to manage an increasingly distributed and complex range of desktops PCs, laptops and tablet computers on their networks. And making sure these multiple types of hardware, desktop images, applications, configurations and drivers are up to date and running smoothly all the time is a major challenge.

Trends like bring-your-own-device (BYOD) where staff connect personal mobile devices to the corporate network are also becoming more and more popular. This means small and medium businesses are dealing with a flood of new devices on their networks that need to be effectively managed.

Administrators might find themselves looking after hundreds of endpoints and it’s easy to lose control as the number of devices on the network continues to grow.

Desktops migrations may also be taking months, even years; administrators are using a patchwork of mobility security solutions; and there are an increasing number of complaints from users to the helpdesk when their devices don’t work the way they should.

All these issues are making the system administrator’s and IT manager’s job more difficult and leaves little time for managing business-critical tasks.

Introducing desktop virtualization 

For many years now, organisations have virtualized servers in their data centres to consolidate the number of physical servers. This helps cut operational costs, improves utilization, and enables IT managers to spin up server resources quickly and easily.

Server virtualization is now mainstream and the number of virtual servers in data centres worldwide exceeded physical servers for the first time in the first quarter of 2010.1

1 EMC IT’s Journey to the Private Cloud: Server Virtualization, EMC Corp., Dec 2010

Original Author: