Desktop virtualization involves placing physical desktops into a virtualized and centralized location at the data center. The desktops are then delivered over the network back to the end-user via a remote desktop client. Desktops can be centrally managed from any location -either remotely or locally-increasing security and decreasing operational costs while providing a better end-user desktop experience.
What are the Current Trends in Desktop virtualization?
- Desktop Virtualization, also known as Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS), will be coupled with pooled resources -or the Cloud- which will to create more highly flexible and better utilized infrastructures.
- More applications will continue to be virtualized, removing them from the desktop entirely.
- Major IT implementations -such as the rollout of Windows 7/8 or application upgrades- are providing the opportunity for many organizations to build proof-of-concepts and evaluate Enterprise Desktop rollout.
- The Enterprise Desktop market continues to evolve driven by changing technology and the adoption of the “as-a-Service” model.
- Major elements of Enterprise Desktop are production ready, but some areas are still in development.
How Mature is Your Organization with Regards to Desktop Virtualization?
- How will Desktop Virtualization integrate with your disaster recovery/business continuity plans?
- What are your current processes for provisioning, decommissioning and upgrading desktops?
- How are your desktop images currently managed?
- What processes or policies do you have for desktop usage and how will a virtual desktop alter those policies?
- What security and privacy policies are in place that virtual desktops may change?
- What organizational change management method is in place that can support a large technology initiative?
How Can Desktop Virtualization Help Your Organization?
- Provide centralization of desktops and increase your operational excellence.
- Allow for more flexible business continuity and disaster recovery resulting in less downtime.
- Improve operational efficiency and effectiveness.
- Provide longer useful life of desktop assets.
- Allow workforce greater access to desktop.
- Reduce operational strain and lower long-term capital expenses.
Best Practices for Desktop Virtualization
- Start with a pilot and proof of concept using your most predictable workforce and static configurations for the pilot, and the most complicated end-user scenario for the proof-of-concept.
- Virtualize applications first, prior to the desktop, which leads to easier integration and less complexity.
Challenges to Adopting Desktop Virtualization
- Change in desktop operations means change in management approach.
- Desktop Virtualization technology is still evolving and proof-of-concepts are critical.
- Higher upfront infrastructure investment is required.
- End-user acceptance and cultural change can be slow.
- Additional data center capacity will be needed.
- Help desk and desktop support processes will need to evolve with change in desktop operations.