What are the Top Use Cases for Desktop Virtualization?

The workplace model is changing and it all begins with desktop virtualization. In traditional business environments, workers suffer from productivity loss in many ways, including downtime during PC refreshes, updates, or simply when they are away from the office. Desktop and app virtualization allows IT to deliver apps and desktops to users on demand – on any device.

Here are some facts and figures to illustrate the top use cases for desktop virtualization:

Tablet shipments are expected to exceed notebook PC shipments as soon as 2014

The use of tablets and smartphones for business is becoming common practice. Desktop virtualization mobilizing Windows apps on tablets and other mobile devices – and can even translate all app functionality as well for a seamless experience.

50% of engineers work late nights or weekends fixing design data

Sharing large design files via FTP, email and similar ad hoc methods has become impractical and risky, and fails to reflect changes in real-time. Businesses need to support high-end designers and 3D professional graphics app engineers, while providing cost effective support to 3D data viewers and editors.

By 2020, 40% of the American workforce will be contingent workers

Contractors, partners, freelancers and other contingent workers need access to business apps and data, but this brings up a number of security concerns. Desktop virtualization mitigates these risks by providing contingent workers with secure access to virtual apps and desktops without joining the corporate network.

Large-scale call centers save money and gain flexibility by going virtual

Maintaining a cost-effective call center can be a challenge: how can you provide adequate staffing and equipment for peak periods while still focusing on cost containment from a real estate or IT infrastructure perspective? Desktop virtualization provides technologies that allow businesses to scale the number of call center operators to a schedule based on actual demand – without needing additional office space or equipment for peak times.

Annual shipments of thin clients are expected to double in the next few years

Costly PC refresh cycles are quickly becoming a thing of the past. Instead of having to replace computers every three years or so, businesses can extend the lifetime of expensive PC purchases by using desktop virtualization technology that shifts processing to the datacenter. Existing PCs can also be replaced with thin clients to reduce expenses.

1 in 10 laptops is lost or stolen – and more than 50% of laptops are stolen at work

Corporate laptops pose significant challenges for IT. As people move on and off the corporate network, businesses must ensure that all virtual laptop updates and patches are applied, that data is being backed up and that devices are supported wherever they are. Desktop virtualization keeps data secure for IT and keeps the experience seamless for users.

1 in 5 Americans work from home at least once a week

Mobile employees – and those working in branch locations – need access to apps, desktops and data without compromising the security of the corporate network. Desktop virtualization enables remote or branch employees to connect over any local Internet provider—without the need for costly leased lines—and gain remote access to everything their work requires.

More than 60% of workers purchase smartphones for work

Whether you want it to or not, BYOD is happening. It’s too late to keep high level employees from using their personal mobile devices at work – businesses must find a way to deal with the BYOD that already exists. Desktop virtualization enables businesses to empower a BYOD workforce without increasing risk.

Desktop mobilization allows for you to have a cheaper and more practical way to enable remote workers, real-time virtual collaboration, and enhance BYOD. What will you utilize desktop virtualization for the most in your business?