Consumerisation of IT is driving uptake of desktop virtualisation

6 May 2011

Desktop virtualisation is an opportunity for CIOs and IT managers to reduce desktop costs for their organisations and move from the role of firefighter to making the desktop a strategic enabler for their businesses.

The success of Windows 7 has played a significant part in driving the adoption of desktop virtualisation. Businesses see the value Windows 7 brings in terms of increased productivity, enabling a secure and mobile workforce and reducing costs.

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This, coupled with the recent trend for consumerisation of IT – where people want to bring their personal choices of technology to work, from smartphones to personal computers – is also a catalyst for companies adopting desktop virtualisation. Everybody wants to log in and get a standard experience from anywhere. The challenge is to do it at the right cost. Traditionally, the desktop was seen as just a cost to the business but with desktop virtualisation there is now the opportunity to reduce IT costs while enabling the business to become more competitive with a workforce that is highly mobile and productive.

Here’s how:

·        Enjoy simplified management and reduce costs: IT management costs are reduced and simplified by the use of Microsoft’s System Center technology, which enables simplified management of your entire desktop environment through a single pane of glass.

·        Improve IT flexibility: Enabled by faster desktop provisioning and faster problem resolution for your mobile and office workers, who are potentially using their own devices.

·        Enhance security and compliance: As data is stored centrally, business continuity increases. Turn your machines on and off, the data stays with you and you don’t risk losing IP.

·        Extend the life of your PCs: Migrate to new technologies like Windows 7, while maintaining your existing legacy hardware.

The agility that desktop virtualisation provides includes not only flexible working through remote desktop access, but also speedier upgrades which can minimise disruption to the business.

For companies looking for a solution to help keep IT costs in check, while providing business agility – desktop virtualisation can provide the answer.  

Join Ronnie Dockery, Microsoft Windows Client Manager, on 22 June at Citrix and DataSolution’s Virtual Computing Forum 2011 as he explores what desktop virtualisation could mean for your business.

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