Desktop virtualization (VDI or Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) is an increasingly important technology, especially for the public sector. As agencies face restrictive budgets, uncertain funding, demands for bring-your-own-device strategies and pressures to collaborate over a dispersed workforce, desktop virtualization allows agencies to provide a simple, cost-effective and secure way for employees to access applications and resources needed to perform their job function from any device and from any location. Just like how server virtualization changed the data center, Desktop virtualization is revolutionizing how client computing is viewed. Desktop virtualization increases support efficiencies, significantly decreases long term costs and provides a more robust client experience.
Key benefits of Desktop Virtualization include:
Easier to manage desktop environments: By centralizing the management and control of desktops, government agencies can save time and resources while increasing access to applications and productivity. For example, public or shared desktop PCs can be automatically refreshed every night to present a consistent desktop experience. Unlike traditional computers that must be ordered, configured, and provisioned, virtual desktops can be deployed in minutes.
Reduced Windows 7 migration costs: A vast number of agencies are migrating to Microsoft Windows 7 as support for Windows XP expires. This migration represents an opportunity to enhance the end-user experience. Using Desktop Virtualization, customers have been able to reduce the time and cost of migration significantly and improve security and control.
Increased security and data protection: Each virtual desktop can be configured with a standard image that is compliant with the agency’s security and protection guidelines.
Enhanced regulatory compliance: The ability to monitor every virtual machine makes it easier to comply with regulations.
Improved backup and disaster recovery: Since virtual desktops reside in the data center, they are backed up regularly without requiring expensive local backup software on individual PCs and laptops. Desktop Virtualization also enables backing up the full desktop image so that it can be redeployed in a matter of minutes rather than the much longer period of time it can take to reimage a physical desktop. In the event of a disaster, users gain secure access to their data and applications from any location.
Mobile workers: Desktop Virtualization extends anytime, anywhere access for mobile workers, while offering choice of endpoints and maintaining security and control. It enables home-based telework for secure access to voice, video, and data resources.
Reduced operational costs: By managing desktops centrally for a large number of users, agencies can reduce help desk calls and enhance the provisioning of new desktops.
In order to realize the benefits of Desktop Virtualization, the appropriate virtual desktop solution must be defined, developed, sized and integrated based on specific needs of your environment. It must also be scalable to meet the future demands of your user population and work seamlessly within your environment. route7 follows its proven Assessment Methodology to execute on a Virtual Desktop Readiness Assessment – an exercise focused on assisting our customers with decision support and strategic planning to ensure a successful implementation. We begin with understanding your business goals and objectives, and user demographics. We then assess the technical and organizational factors that will touch a virtual desktop environment from applications and physical endpoints to user groups and organizational processes. Based on this information, our consultants develop an assessment report that details your current infrastructure readiness, and your organizational readiness.