What is Desktop & Application Virtualisation?
In a nutshell
Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is the practice of hosting a desktop operating system within a virtual machine (VM) running on a centralized server.
VDI adds further functionality to the client/server
computing model (also referred to as server-based
computing (SBC)). Combining both VDI and other
traditional SBC technologies allows hardware, operating systems, user data and applications to be virtualised and independant.
Desktop and Application Virtualisation provies user
environments in a layered, modular and centrally managed approach.
This technology can be delivered from the data centre and accessed by the client devices, whereby only the screen information is transmitted between the server and the client, or streamed down to the client device for offline access.
Hardware & software upgrades, application deployment, technical support and data storage & backup are simplified because all management is centralised in the Data Centre. Data and applications reside on a few servers rather than on hundreds or thousands of clients.
Production and Test Optimisation CIO’s are under constant pressure to deliver high quality enterprise applications and desktops more quickly at lower cost. While delivering quality software on time and on budget has never been easy, the task is further
complicated by modern multi-tier architectures, hardware, multiple operating systems and applications.
Using Desktop and Application Virtualisation for
production and testing results in immediate
improvements in time to market, costs and quality.
Key benefits of Desktop & Application Virtualisation
Virtualisation and Desktop Consolidation
- Virtualisation enables enterprises to:
- Consolidate desktops into the Data Centre for use in production, test and development
- Centralise management and deployment of applicatons and desktops
Reduce power consumption and carbonfootprint
- Remove the phsyical hardware dependancy from the operating system
- Client device independance
- Rapidly deploy new desktops and applications on demand for new users
Remote Access and Security
Users can access their desktop and applications on demand from anywhere on the network, from home or on the road, from any type of client device.
All the data is stored on secure servers without it being ‘spread out’ onto the less secure client
Business Continuity & DR
- Faster, more flexible, and more reliable disaster recovery at a lower cost achieved through the removal of dependencies of operating systems on specific server hardware and a centralised model
- Users environments are delivered via highly avaliable data centres and not dependant on client devices
- Simplified and repeatable processes for implementing business continuity solutions.
How can Desktop & Application Virtualisation benefit my business
Lower total cost of ownership
We estimate a 50% reduction in TCO as typical for most implementations, due primarily to the greatly improved server utilisation and management that Desktop and Application Virtualisation provides.
Improved operational efficiency
As enterprises grow, IT need to rapidly increase
computing capacity – often in the form of new desktops with a variety of operating environments, applications and user requirements. The resulting desktop sprawl is costly in terms of capital and people needed to operate, manage, and upgrade new desktops.
Desktop and Application consolidation and containment provides a solution for these problems. Virtual infrastructures enables workload isolation and granular resource control for all of the system’s computing and I/O resources.
Virtualisation facilitates rapid changes to meet business needs, new desktops are deployed in minutes not hours, making it easier to move desktops between physical
Isolation and Encapsulation
Virtual machines are completely isolated from the host machine and other virtual machines. If a virtual machine crashes, all others are unaffected. Data does not leak across virtual machines and applications can only communicate over configured network connections. Complete virtual machine environments are saved as a single file; easy to back up, move and copy.
Provisioning and Deployment
Desktops can be provisioned on demand as users require and businesses grow. Operating system and application upgrades can be seamlessley rolled from a central repository.
Storage is also dramatically reduced as users can be classified into groups, using a single ‘master’ desktop image.
Make Prestige IT your first choice for Virtualisation
Prestige IT has implemented desktop and
application virtualisation environments for a wide range of company sizes and industry types globally.
Prestige IT has the VDI capabilities. We are experienced design consultants and
technical staff who are trained in the
implementation and support of virtualised
environments such as Citrix, Microsoft and VMware.
Our experts are vendor agnostic so we can provide objective non-biased solutions across the entire virtualised platform – you can be assured of a solution that is tailored to your requirements based on the optimum configuration of hardware, software and specialist services.
VDI requires expertise across the entire life of the project if you are to gain the full benefit.
Prestige IT provides full end to end integration services from consulting, planning, design, project management builds, implementation.
The right solution for a wide range of problems
Whether you are looking for an easier way to manage your desktop delivery, reduce costs, improve Disaster Recovery, better utilise and/or consolidate your infrastructure, there is a VDI solution for your business.