Virtualization Slideshow: 10 Reasons to Virtualize Your Desktop Environment

By CIOinsight  |  Posted 08-10-2009

10 Reasons to Virtualize Your Desktop Environment

Data security. Data never leaves the data center and ports on the thin client devices can be enabled or disabled.

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Simplified employee moves. The desktop is virtual, so desktops no longer need to be moved. The employee will just use a thin client already placed in the destination cube.

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Minimized latency on fat clients. Fat client applications transfer data from the server over the WAN to the client. Clients in the virtual desktop world will be running on the server within the data center using the same data center LAN, so latency will be reduced and applications will run faster.

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Smaller carbon footprint. The servers used to virtualize the desktops will use less power than the equivalent number of desktops, including cooling.

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Accessibility. Desktops are accessible from any Internet connection in the world.

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Easier management. Since all the desktops are in the same place (the data center), dispatching technicians to fix a server or storage is much easier and requires fewer resources.

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Desktop backups are easy. For large companies, backing up data on PCs is almost impossible to do over a LAN/WAN. But in the virtual world, all of the data is in the data center and can be backed up to a storage area network very easily.

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Reduced costs. Total cost of ownership is lower.

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Durability. Most thin client devices have no moving parts so there is nothing to break or wear out. As a result, they last twice as long as traditional desktop computers.

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Higher productivity. Employees won't be waiting to get their computer fixed or waiting for their computer to be delivered to their workplace. It will be running in the virtual environment and available when needed.

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