Desktop virtualisation is the ability to virtualise the operating systems for your end user access devices and manage them centrally within the data centre.
The current status quo within the majority of organisations is to have user operating systems installed on their PCs and laptops. The desktop operating systems are loaded onto a traditional PC's hard drive and the computer is booted from this local disk to provide the OS to the PC user.
These operating systems then interact with the PC hardware to run local programmes and execute programmes that can be running on servers within the business. This model has traditionally been beneficial as it has allowed programmers to take advantage of the graphical capability delivered by PC's. However with the advent of Virtualisation infrastructure it is now possible to have nothing installed on the end user PC and still deliver the same user experience as having your operating system locally installed.
Key areas addressed by Redcentric on desktop virtualisation
- Migration of desktops to within your datacentre
- New desktop operating systems can be installed and managed centrally with no potential maintenance overheads with the end user devices
- True hot desking can be supported without the requirement for laptops
- Disaster recovery can be aided by providing end users with a true desktop that can be accessed from anywhere
- Hardware resources can be rationalised with pooled resources efficiently working to deliver computing power to the end user
- A thin client has a longer refresh cycle than a desktop because it is extremely reliable with no moving parts and is end-user replaceable