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Dispelling the myths of desktop virtualisation

Dispelling the myths of desktop virtualisation

Is the slow adoption of desktop virtualisation due to misconceptions surrounding the technology?

There is no denying that in recent years virtualisation has been a hot topic in enterprise IT, but when it comes to adoption rates, not all types of virtualisation have been deployed equally. While many enterprises have already embraced, or at least piloted server virtualisation, the same cannot be said for desktop virtualisation.

Desktop virtualisation continues to have a slow adoption rate – surprising given the huge number of benefits it provides. I believe the slow take-up is due to a lack of understanding and several myths and misconceptions surrounding the technology.

Managing an organisation’s desktop computer environment, including the roll-out of application upgrades and security patches, has always been challenging, requiring a significant time commitment by IT staff who are usually time poor.

Desktop virtualisation makes managing the desktop environment much easier, bringing greater control and flexibility to the infrastructure. It enables an organisation’s computer infrastructure to take greater advantage of operating as a truly connected network rather than just a collection of self-contained units. Applications are run centrally on a server enabling remote users to access their application, processes and store data on ‘their’ desktop at any time, from virtually anywhere.

Gone are the days of having one common workstation; we now work in a fluid business environment which requires the support of agile technology like desktop virtualisation.

Dispelling the myths surrounding desktop virtualisation is an important step towards educating businesses about the positive impact the technology can have on their organisation. We now know that virtualising your desktop can help make your computing infrastructure more flexible, cost effective and secure, while at the same time making it more accessible for people who are on the move. With these benefits in mind, it’s time to set the record straight.

Next: Myth 1: Virtualised desktops are significantly more expensive than physical desktops

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