Buy a few desktops, laptops, or upgrade your entire back-end server infrastructure - it all adds up. And the kicker is - most companies are throwing money out the window with every purchase. Think about it…
25% of the desktop CPU is being used; 50% of the SQL server's RAM; 10% of the storage on the domain controller, but your file server is strapped for storage space...you know the drill.
You pay full price - but you don't get full use (or value).
Paradigm Shift - Server and Desktop Virtualization
For the last 6-7 years server virtualization has dominated IT infrastructure discussions. Full leverage of investment; lower power consumption; less required physical space; better disaster recovery capabilities - the list of benefits goes on and on.
The fact is, though, the back-end server infrastructure represents only a fraction of most company's infrastructure. What about those desktops, laptops, iPads and other mobile devices? If you have any responsibility surrounding IT management, then you know as well as anyone just how much time is spent developing desktop images, packaging application updates, patching desktops and troubleshooting all those pesky issues.
Part of the problem is, you simply don't have the ability to control user devices like you do your back-end infrastructure. You've got that nailed - its pristine - and you make darned sure it stays that way by limiting who can touch it and what changes get introduced. User devices? Well, that's a WHOLE OTHER BALLGAME! Fact is, IT has lost its ability to control the end-user device experience and usage.
Sometimes, its best to go with the flow - if you can't beat 'em, join 'em! End users want to use iPads? Great! They want to bring their own computers to work and use those instead of the corporate-issued laptops? Awesome! They let their kids install some game that wreaks havoc on the local machine? Whatever!
Imagine the liberation...and you can have both that freedom and the control you want all at the same time. Desktop virtualization (delivery of your corporate desktop environment through on-demand provisioning of virtual environments to individual users) is more than a new technology - it’s a fundamental paradigm shift in the realm of desktop and application distribution.
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