Desktop virtualisation appeared a piece of fantasy for most organisations until recently – until they realised the need to transform their IT infrastructure to evolve into a 21st century business. The cluttered PCs and the tangle of cables had left a haunted appearance to the workspace, making the transition to modern computing almost impossible. Modern trends like consumerisation of IT have created the need for a robust IT infrastructure that can evolve as per the demands generated by the rapidly evolving digital economy. Added to this are the ever-growing challenges induced by sophisticated online threats which need to be addressed in a proactive manner.
Desktop virtualisation is the answer to the storage and performance demands arising from latest trends like consumerisation of IT. With virtual desktops, you gain control of your internal resources while also empowering your mobile employees to access their desktops on the go – on their laptops, tablets or smartphones. Since the data is stored in the central repository, with little risk of exploitation by employees or outsiders, you are free from the task of monitoring each device where the data is accessed or used. An effective desktop management will help you sort out the complexities associated with managing your BYOD environment. Thanks to virtualised desktops, you will notice marked improvement in productivity and efficiency of your employees.
Virtualised desktops bring significant changes in the way day-to-day workloads are managed. With centralised management, the task of scaling the storage resources becomes easier. The single server will function as the central repository but it can create multiple instances of virtual machines of different capacities and performance capabilities, leading to better utilisation of resources. With virtualisation, there is no need to purchase multiple software licenses for all devices. The central server will host the software, update the patches, and run security checks; the changes will be immediately visible in thousands of virtual machines connected to it.
Security challenges brought in by BYOD have left many businesses undecided whether to embrace mobility or not. The rising number of smartphones, the open source codes running their programmes, and the multitudes of free apps being rolled in has called for robust device management capabilities that ensure round-the-clock security to enterprise networks. Desktop virtualisation emerges as the way forward as it enables businesses to embrace BYOD by securing the network through centralised device control and management. At any time, the IT manager can add a user, set priorities, or remove a user completely from the server. In case a user loses his/her device, all that is required is a command that erases the entire data from the device.
With the emergence of cloud-based Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS), organisations now get desktop virtualisation service from the most competitive providers in the world at an affordable price. Cloud-based hosted desktops are gaining popularity because of the flexibility and convenience they offer for managing data across multiple networks. Hosted desktops are especially beneficial to small businesses, which seek a scalable IT infrastructure that can grow with their business. They are also relieved from the upfront investment of launching the server and supporting networks in-house. Hosted desktops also bring opex savings in terms of support and maintenance.
Virtualised desktops score higher in key performance indicators (KPIs) like cost of hardware/software, security risks, availability, employee satisfaction, productivity improvement, flexibility and ease of use. With optimal use of resources, you save on hardware, power consumption and office space. Further, with services like hosted desktops, you also get the convenience of paying under pay-as-you-grow model as well as monthly subscription. All of these contribute to improved efficiency and agility across the enterprise.
The optimistic outlook on desktop virtualisation is further validated by recent reports which estimate that the market will grow at a CAGR of 54.59% for the next five years with key industry verticals like banking, insurance, healthcare and government contributing a major share to the growth of the industry. Security is cited as the top growth driver, forcing these biggies to turn to virtualised desktops to deal with the challenges emanating from today’s digital economy.
Implementing virtual desktops requires detailed planning and expertise. Make sure that your virtualisation strategy is in close alignment with your business needs and future plans. For this, you need to identify the best IT infrastructure partner who can guide you with every aspect of IT infrastructure and help you overhaul the IT, wherever required.