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Desktop Virtualization


Server virtualization has always been at the core of the virtualization concept. The primary benefit has been the ability to consolidate and contain servers. The success of server virtualization has been monumental. Therefore, organizations are on the look out for other areas, such as desktops, where they can duplicate that success. Historically, desktop computers have been a drain on IT department resources. So it’s only natural that businesses are now investigating virtual alternatives to traditional physical desktops.

Problems with Traditional PC Approaches

  • Operational costs – while the cost of a physical desktop may be under $1,000, the actual cost of deploying that desktop is closer to $4,000-$5,000.
  • Backup and recovery – because the traditional PC approach is inherently decentralized, it is simply not feasible for most offices to maintain a current backup of all desktop applications and user documents. Restoring a lost or crashed PC can take hours or days, resulting in loss of productivity.
  • Patch and update management – when the hardware, operating system, and applications are all tied to a single device, there can be conflicts whenever one of the devices is updated. Ensuring that each device contains the latest software versions is costly and time consuming.
  • Data security – there is no adequate security for data on mobile devices. This can compromise most of your desktop inventory.
  • Compliance and policy enforcement – mobile and employee-owned PCs make it difficult to enforce company policies or demonstrate compliance with external regulations.

Challenges of Desktop Virtualization

IT decision makers everywhere are looking for ways to reduce costs, improve the delivery of IT services, and simplify application development. Desktop virtualization is a viable path to that goal. But how do you implement it? The more research you do the more confusing it can become.

  • Traditional client vs. desktop virtualization
  • Terminal server vs. desktop virtualization
  • VDI (server-hosted virtual desktops)
  • Client hypervisors (Type 1, Type 2: managed and unmanaged client-hosted virtual desktops)
  • Streaming
  • Blade workstations
  • Thin clients

This is a high-risk, yet high-reward decision. With multiple vendors and protocols, how do you know which is best for your company?

  • Is your organization facing the challenges of making your desktop environment more manageable and future migrations easier?
  • Are you wondering if you can leverage desktop virtualization during a Windows 7 deployment?
  • Are you considering BYOPC (bring your own PC)?
  • Are you due for a desktop hardware refresh and looking for better and more cost-effective solutions?
  • Are desktop support costs out of control?
  • Are security, virus protection, and malware keeping you up at night?
  • Are application updates and patches an ongoing hassle?
  • Are business continuity and disaster recovery a concern when it comes to user connectivity?

Sigma Solutions Can Help You Reach your Desktop Virtualization Objectives

  • A client computing platform that is more manageable from an IT standpoint, yet still gives users a productive and familiar PC experience.
  • A reduction in the high support and management costs of the traditional PC approach.
  • An immediate reduction in the cost of deploying and managing end-user desktops.
  • Makes the desktop environment more manageable in the short-term.
  • Makes future migrations simpler.

Are you Curious to Learn More about these Controversial Desktop Virtualization Issues?

  • Provisioning
  • Off-line use cases
  • Performance
  • User experience and personality management
  • Security
  • Disaster recovery
  • Storage and networking

If you answered yes to any of these questions, our architects are available to meet with you and your team to discuss all of your desktop virtualization options.

Sigma Solutions partners with VMware, Citrix, Microsoft, and other leading virtualization vendors. These relationships allow us to find a solution that is best for you.

In its quest for excellence, Sigma employs some of the brightest and most highly skilled virtualization experts— including industry-recognized authorities, speakers, and authors. In addition, many of our engineers have worked for leading Fortune 500 companies which gives them valuable insight into your entire business. Sigma delivers virtualization solutions to meet your most challenging situations and provides highly reputable customer service.