Increasing Importance of Desktop Virtualization
With the increasing adoption of cloud computing and a prevalent mobile workforce, desktop virtualization has become a mainstream IT strategy for businesses of all sizes. By empowering businesses to meet the needs of their users more securely and effectively, in addition to encouraging innovation and better business procedures, desktop virtualization is experiencing many takers across several businesses and IT departments.
Let us take a look at the key elements that drive the growing importance of desktop virtualization.
Desktop virtualization makes the workforce flexible. Thus, people can work on any device of their choice, from anywhere and at any time, depending on what makes their work most effective and productive. Businesses can benefit from such a mobile workforce as they can be rapidly deployed across several locations, starting from branch offices to client and partner sites. Desktop virtualization also helps the workforce quickly adapt to changing business requirements, which in turn influences the ROI positively.
Thanks to rapidly evolving technologies, desktop virtualization has become much more affordable as compared to what it was earlier. Thus, companies can now design and enable their virtualized desktop environment with greater flexibility at considerable savings. What’s more, desktop virtualization encourages mobility and teleworking. This in turn has led to the emergence of smaller offices that cost less. Since many workers telecommute, considerable savings can be made as there’s no longer any need of large personal work spaces. Even shifting workers to alternate locations and allocating space more efficiently has become easier with desktop virtualization.
With a centralized architecture, desktop virtualization lets IT support users efficiently across several locations by delivering desktops and apps as secure, on-demand services. With a centralized user management, achieving a more professional level of IT service also becomes easier for businesses, especially the SMBs.
With more agile, faster IT processes, businesses can handle strategic initiatives speedily. They can also expedite branch expansion as well as merger and acquisition activity by providing access to virtualized resources to accelerate the processes. Since IT personnel no longer need to be deployed to new locations as everything can be handled with centralized management and online support, businesses can grow rapidly and create a larger impact on the market.
Security and compliance
Due to the centralized location of apps, data and desktops in the datacenter, IT can have an effective control on both access and information. Policy-based access control, reporting and auditing, activity logging etc help in meeting strict regulatory compliance standards. Even data breaches can be prevented by turning off access to IT services instantly in case a device is stolen/destroyed/lost, or a worker leaves the company.
With these and many more benefits, desktop virtualization has emerged as a strategic necessity for contemporary businesses.