Tips for Success in Enterprise Desktop Virtualization
An enterprise needs to examine each part of the IT infrastructure to decide on the best suited strategy to
virtualize the IT environment. Enterprise desktop virtualization is the sharing of a global pool of infrastructure
resources across applications. With the value proposition of the virtual desktop being apparent, the IT
department will be able to manage and maintain the environment easily with this technology, resulting in the
end user being free to rely on a single endpoint device. Although there are a few critical areas that provide quick
savings from the virtualization initiatives, the following tips can ensure success in the enterprise.
Reducing Maintenance Time with desktop virtualization
Due to maintenance issues and upgrades associated with the hardware or software running on them, physical
desktops are usually difficult to manage and maintain. With the user activity also being a factor to the wear and
tear, the enterprise has to shoulder the responsibility of maintaining user productivity. Desktop virtualization has
the ability to resolve issues relating to viruses attacks, operating system configuration issues, etc. With the use
of a thin client as the user device, there is a single point of entry for OS image patches, maintenance updates,
and application deployment. Consequently, the users have a secure access to applications whenever they need
them, thereby streamlining the maintenance process for IT. There is a substantial increase in productivity as
thin clients are not prone to failures. By innovating in desktop technology, desktop virtualization maximizes the
value-added time contributed to businesses.
Consolidation of multiple physical devices with server virtualization
Server virtualization facilitates greening of the data center as it allows the consolidation of several physical
services onto fewer hosts, reducing the space, power, cooling and ultimately, the capital spent on future server
purchases. With server virtualization, there is a diminished risk of server failure. If there is a server failure, these
virtualized server environments recover in minutes, thereby offering significant capital savings. Enterprises can
have tremendous savings by minimizing the potential for long, unplanned application outages.
Enhanced Capacity management with storage virtualization
Most projects sometimes never use half of the space requested with the traditional methods of managing
Storage Area Networks. When the full space is allotted to a project, the space used on the array cannot be
reclaimed. Due to this, whenever there is a request for additional storage requests, storage needs to be
purchased to match the capacity that is requested. With storage virtualization there is a complete pool of
storage and abstracts disks and RAID groups from the administrator. This virtual provisioning facilitates the full
amount of requested space to the project, although the space is consumed as it is used. By using the accessible
capacity more efficiently unnecessary storage purchases are prevented.
It is necessary to take a holistic approach to virtualization when an enterprise wants to make the most out of its
virtualization initiatives. By choosing the right virtualization solution, your enterprise can move towards success.
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