Death, Taxes and PC Refresh—It Doesn’t Have to Be This Way

4 reasons to reinvent your endpoint strategy with desktop virtualization

Like death and taxes, PC refresh is an unavoidable fact of life—and it’s about as appealing as the other two as well. With a useful lifespan of about three years for a typical PC, you’re constantly forced to focus precious IT attention and resources on a task with virtually no strategic value. Instead of delivering new innovations or capabilities, all you’re doing is making it possible for people to keep doing the same things they’re already doing—with a replacement machine that you’re just going to have to cycle out again in three years anyway.

Desktop virtualization offers a better way to keep your endpoint environment at its best—with a lot of added benefits for users and IT alike. Instead of locking yourself into an endless PC upgrade cycle, you simply shift to an approach that provides an up-to-date experience no matter what device people use. Here are four reasons more and more companies are doing it this way.

1. It’s a better way to spend your money

With traditional PC refresh, you’ve got to buy a whole organization’s worth of full-featured PCs every three years. That kind of money would easily pay for a desktop virtualization solution that would allow people to keep using aging PCs much longer, repurposed as thin clients. You’d also be able to improve operational efficiency and transition over time to thin or zero clients that would be simpler and cheaper to maintain while providing an experience that matched a new PC. That translates into major cost savings for years to come.

2. It simplifies OS migration

Operating system migrations can be like a greatest hits of IT headaches—decentralized manual methods, application compatibility issues, dealing with a proliferating mix of devices. With desktop virtualization, you can migrate just that one golden image in the datacenter, then roll out updated on-demand desktops to every user in the organization virtually overnight—no matter what device they use.

3. It simplifies device, desktop and app management

With only a single, centralized image to manage, IT operations becomes far simpler and more efficient than with distributed PCs. You can push out app updates and OS patches to your entire workforce in a matter of minutes, and complete tasks like regression testing. Desktop hardware becomes a lot easier to deal with, too—thin and zero clients have far fewer moving parts than the PCs they replace, and they last a lot longer. With no data stored locally, they also greatly reduce the risk of viruses and simplify corporate security.

4. It’s what your workforce needs today

Traditional PCs tied to individual users just can’t keep up with the changing needs of your business and your workforce. As the number of employees in your organization grows, you need a more cost-efficient, easily manageable approach to support your user population. You also need the flexibility to enable BYOD, telework, mobility and other key trends. Why keep investing in an outdated, inflexible model year after year when you could make mobile workstyles an integral part of your desktop refresh strategy?

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