Enterprise Desktop & Desktop Virtualization, What is the Difference?
Desktop Virtualization is nothing different but a new face of the modern Enterprise Desktop. Today, as the virtualization is gaining popularity, the look of the modern enterprise desktop is being changed by the virtualization technology. Every occurrence of the virtualization is totally unique, whether it is server consolidation, desktop & application virtualization.
According to the Gartner Inc., industry’s one of the best researcher, the worldwide market for hosted virtual desktops was 500,000 units and the generated revenue was nearly $1.5 billion in the year 2009. However, as per Gartner’s recent prediction, the market for hosted virtual desktop would increase up to 49 million units and the revenue from this market will reach nearly up to $65 billion in the year 2013.
Which are the Factors of Desktop Virtualization that are Drawing IT Professionals?
The desktop virtualization concept is based on two fundamental capabilities, which are Abstraction & Isolation. There are many other core factors of desktop virtualization which are gaining grip among IT professionals, especially the ability to separate or isolate the virtualized hardware, operating system (OS), applications and user configuration layers. The desktop virtualization lets you update and manage one layer without affecting the other layers. It also offers an increased level of flexibility as well as ease of management.
It is a kind of flexible computing, which is a bit diverse than virtualized private server, just moving the client into the data center and calling it as virtualized. In fact, the flexible computing produces an opportunity for IT professionals for developing their way in which it builds, control and deploy the client image.
What are the Backbone Technologies of Desktop Virtualization?
Several software’s and technologies are required in order to deploy a desktop virtualization infrastructure. Software’s such as VMware, Citrix or Microsoft & technologies like application streaming, application virtualization, virtual containers and secure cloud storage.
The application streaming plays an important role in desktop virtualization. Streaming is a unique method of delivering an operating system or applications over the network to the users, when they need it. Application streaming functions in the same way. The users get what and whenever they need it. Applications are totally isolated into virtual containers, during the application streaming. It helps in simplifying maintenance and offers a greater degree of portability. One of the many benefits of application streaming is that the users are able to logon and work from their laptop, desktop workstation and even from a mobile device.
Other benefits of application streaming are speed of execution, faster turn-around time for new upgrades, offers greater level of flexibility and cost savings on maintenance.
Among the other critical technologies, the Secure Cloud Storage is also an important component of a Desktop Virtualization infrastructure. Using the secure cloud storage, IT professionals gain an ability to remove their data from the individual virtual clients, and can access their files from anywhere in the world, where there is internet connectivity. It also simplifies the data backup and recovery (disaster recovery).
What are the Benefits of Desktop Virtualization?
While the virtualized infrastructure may be new for you, but the technologies involved in the desktop virtualization are completely stable. There are substantial benefits to deploying a desktop virtualization infrastructure. Let’s explore the benefits of Desktop Virtualization:
- Greater Level of Flexibility – It offers greater level of flexibility in assigning application use and access control to IT managers as the operating system and apps are delivered and administered centrally.
- Improved Security – IT managers are easily able to isolate the breached or virus infected systems of clients very quickly and remove the affected systems.
- Centralized Management/Control – The management and control of the operating system, applications and data are centralized due to the streaming virtual architecture.
- High Scalability – With the help of virtual clients, the IT professionals can easily add or remove clients as required.
- Remote Access to Applications and Data – Users has an ability to access their applications and data using any remote laptop, a mobile device or a system within the facility at any time they need.
- Disaster Recovery – As the applications and data are centralized in a secure data center, the backup and recovery could be done more easily and effectively.
- Simplified Management – Since, the IT managers has an ability to perform tasks from one central location, the client management tasks such as deployment, provisioning and de-provisioning becomes more easy.
- Cost Savings – It helps in lower acquisition and saves maintenance costs, which also reduces Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and increases Return of Investment (ROI).
Virtualized Desktops offer a greater level of flexibility and mobility that is impossible with a standard desktop, along with a worldwide access to a personalized machine, without carrying a laptop. There is no doubt that the server hosted desktop virtualization can offers a number of benefits such as simplifying life-cycle management, reduced distributed hardware cost, reduced support cost, etc…
Any virtual industry can be benefited in all terms using the desktop virtualization. It has already gaining a good traction in the education, finance, government and healthcare markets. The core benefits like centralized management, flexibility, enhanced security and remote access makes it an attractive option for IT.