By Julian Buckley
Good on you if you’ve already virtualised your servers. But you’re missing out on immediate manageability benefits and key long-term cost savings by not virtualising your desktop too – something CIOs still shy away from due to cost and implementation concerns, according to an article on CRN. Going that extra step in IT virtualisation to manage your desktops from a central location will bring quick improvements in four key areas.
Mobility leads to productivity
Think of how productive your staff could be if you could immediately let them work from the road or at home. IT virtualisation lets employees connect to the desktop from anywhere and any portable device. Allowing staff to use mobile applications to manage email, projects and tasks increased productivity by 45 per cent at enterprise businesses surveyed by research firm Aberdeen. Virtualisation can let you quickly deploy desktops and applications to overseas or remote workers and allows employees to work from home during a natural disaster or other major event.
Want to cut next month’s energy bill? Desktop virtualisation brings many of the same energy-saving benefits of server virtualisation. One of the main ways you can help the environment through a desktop virtualisation deployment is by replacing clunky, high-power PCs with lower-energy machines.
Imagine being able to quickly and efficiently identify and solve security issues on any machine. IT virtualisation of the desktop lets you do this. In fact, more than half of CIOs surveyed by Citrix said immediate isolation of a compromised application was a top security benefit realised by virtualising the desktop. Secure data and application delivery was an additional reason for deploying desktop virtualisation, according to 66 per cent of CIOs surveyed.
Through IT virtualisation for the desktop, you can maintain control over data, applications and devices from one place without temporarily reducing end-user access to these areas. Virtualised desktops also allow you to issue security updates and patches to all systems from one location, giving you instant time savings.
Imagine how much time your IT staff can save by removing the hassle of checking each individual employee’s machine to ensure he or she is complying with security, search and usage guidelines. Virtualising the desktop allows you to immediately start monitoring employee behaviour from a central platform. Managing the desktop from this unified location also allows IT staff to ensure volume license compliance across all desktops and improves Software Asset Management by allowing faster software inventory.
As a company that supplies managed IT virtualisation services to enterprise businesses, Datacom has seen this solution help companies reduce operational expenditures and cut the time it takes to conduct certain IT tasks from weeks to minutes.
Julian Buckley is the Business Manager of Professional Services for Datacom in QLD. Julian leads a team of solution architects, project managers and consulting engineers that evangelise, design, scope, deliver and implement purpose-built, client-focused infrastructure and virtualisation solutions for our customers. His team in QLD focuses on long-term relationships with clients, building end-to-end enterprise ICT architecture for corporate, education and government clients across Microsoft, Citrix and VMware technology sets. A local leader in virtualisation in the QLD market, Julian’s team can help all clients achieve greater return on investment, reliability and performance through best practice, industry-leading solutions.