Understanding Desktop Virtualization: What is it and how can it Help Your Business

Desktop virtualization is one of the many technologies that helps us all work smarter, faster and more inexpensively every day. Ready to learn more? Here’s a quick primer on this topic.

If you’ve managed to make it this far in life without totally understanding what the term “desktop virtualization” means, you’re in good company. While hardly the topic you’d want to lead with at a cocktail party, desktop virtualization is one of the many technologies that helps us all work smarter, faster and more inexpensively every day.

Ready to learn more? Here’s a quick primer on what you need to know to make smart decisions for your business.

What is desktop virtualization, really?

Although it may sound cool and futuristic to those of us who have seen too many ‘90s hacker movies, virtualization really just has to do with where the data behind the desktop is stored. If you can log in to your work desktop from multiple computers, on or off the network, you may use a virtual desktop at work. That’s because at least some of the software and data you pull up on your computer is really stored on your company’s servers, and you’re just accessing it through your computer — not storing it there.

While the explanation is fairly simple, this setup can help you do some pretty cool things.

Why IT loves desktop virtualization

Desktop virtualization has big benefits for IT and for entire companies alike. Check out just a few in the list below.

Agility and growth

When business data and applications are stored on a central server, IT can more easily scale storage up and down, add or remove user access to desktop apps and push out software updates. No more going desk to desk or driving location to location.

Cost savings

Desktop virtualization helps business save on IT resources by cutting down on the need for more hardware. Companies save on servers by being able to monitor usage and reallocate workload among existing servers rather than separately managing each workstation’s capacity.

Happy employees

Virtualized apps and data mean increased flexibility and convenience for employees. Users can make use of their tools and information from different devices when they want or need to work away from their desktop.

Safe companies

Employees and IT rest easier knowing that desktop virtualization helps minimize security risks. With central administration of the desktop, devices can be wiped or user access removed remotely in the case of a lost or stolen computer, phone or tablet.

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