The Business Case for Desktop Virtualization

The Business Case for Desktop Virtualization

Keeping up with the competition means keeping technology up to date. A sluggish or inflexible technology infrastructure impedes business productivity and security.

The truth is that business is no longer limited to an office. Business happens everywhere people are, and organizations need a secure way to access data from any device at anytime from any location to compete in today’s marketplace. The rate of adoption has proven that there is great value in desktop virtualization. Virtualization is no longer an emerging technology, it is a technology that has been accepted as mainstream.

Four primary business drivers are behind the adoption of virtualization: Security, manageability, flexibility, and business continuity.

Security
Highly regulated industries, such as financial services, were early adopters of virtual desktops. CIO and CFOs at these organizations understood that the security and productivity benefits justified the cost of deployment and could build a business case for desktop virtualization solely on security. Virtual desktops are more secure because it allows safe keeping of all essential business-critical data and applications in a data center, as opposed to having important data residing on individual desktops. Desktop virtualization gives business more control over data and applications, including where it is stored, and who has access to it.

Manageability
Virtualized desktops allow for workstation consolidation. Not only does this make it easier to control access, it makes support more efficient. More support issues can be handled over the phone, which is considerably more efficient than individual desktop visits.

Gone are the days when the IT department worked overtime and weekends to install security updates, software, or updated operating systems on each desktop.  Virtualization decreases time to deployment and makes deployments much easier.  Migration can be done without having to manage every single endpoint. Access and provisioning is done from a single console. If an employee leaves the company, it is simple enough to shut off access to his virtual machine so they can’t access it anymore.

Flexibility
Today’s workforce is using computers differently than before and they expect more flexibility and anywhere, anytime access than most technology infrastructures can support. Employees expect to use their personal devices, including laptops, iPads, tablets, iPhones, and smartphones, for work as well as play.  Also, IT departments are expected to support various applications that weren’t supported before. Supporting each app on each individual device is not economically feasible.

Businesses are finding it very difficult and time consuming to try and stop users from using these different devices for work. It is better to figure out how to leverage the devices for increasing productivity and innovation, than to cut off access.

Virtualized desktops empower workers with tele-work programs, the ability access business critical data and applications from anywhere on any device — securely.

Business Continuity
Desktop virtualization delivers native disaster recovery and business continuity capabilities. Because desktop virtualization centralizes all data and applications, there is a level of business continuity and disaster recovery built into the technology architecture. In the case of a disaster or weather event that prohibits employees from accessing their desktops on location, employees can remain productive by logging in from anywhere. The virtualized environment will stay up and running when a business physical network is effected by fire, flood or other natural disaster.

This strategy also saves money in overall business continuity planning. There is no need to budget and plan for an alternative office location. Everyone can stay home and work rather than having an entire system of desktops housed in a separate location.

The bottom line is that desktop virtualization is simpler, faster, more flexible, and more secure that what most of today’s businesses are using to deliver desktop services to their employees.

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