Computing infrastructure seems to become more complicated with each new innovation or machine to connect to the network. With each advance in technology comes more challenges, often resulting in IT complexity, which can be bad news for small businesses and enterprises alike. One way to reduce this kind of complexity is by employing a desktop virtualization solution.
Desktop virtualization employs the same concept as server virtualization, except with individual computers on a network instead of servers. Administrators create virtual machines that make it possible to deploy operating systems, programs and software present on computers in the network.
Let's take a look at the top two ways desktop virtualization can positively impact organizations looking to streamline their computing infrastructure:
"By creating a handful of VMs or VM templates across a company's network, IT staff can more easily manage individual computers."
1. Enhanced security
Businesses can more easily protect endpoints and enhance network security when utilizing virtual infrastructure. TechTarget contributor Yuval Shavit noted that desktop virtualization strengthens cybersecurity efforts by allowing IT managers to have an eye on each machine on the network. In this way, they can keep track of what's happening on these computers and be alerted if something goes awry, such as malware infiltration.
"Because the VM is abstracted and separate from the computer's hardware and other VMs, security is one of the major benefits of desktop virtualization," Shavit wrote.
By creating a handful of VMs or VM templates across a company's network, IT staff can more easily manage individual computers. This strengthens endpoint security.
2. Immediately deploy updates across computing fleet
One of the biggest ways virtualization is useful is in the way companies can install updates across all of the computers on a certain network. With VDI, security patches and general software upgrades are simple to implement.
For instance, when the U.S. Air Force switched to a virtualized desktop infrastructure, updating software was easily accomplished. Gregory Garcia, the director of the U.S. Army Information Technology Agency, told Federal Times that the virtualization solution utilized by his organization allowed managers to easily deploy desktop applications across a fleet of 20,000 to 30,000 computers at once.
"[W]hen I was in the Air Force, we were able to go from 27 days to patch to three days by doing it on the network," Garcia said. "What you can do with [virtual desktop infrastructure] is to go to minutes and seconds. And that's a huge benefit in terms of labor and cybersecurity."
In addition, Garcia noted, technology refreshes were made easier by this technology. Instead of having to go to individual machines on a network and install new tech, IT managers had the capability at their fingertips to accomplish this with the touch of a button.
Is VDI the right solution for you?
Partnering with a managed services provider that has experience with desktop virtualization can save your company both time and money in the long run. MSPs can determine your particular technology needs and then pair you with a virtualization solution that will improve your IT dexterity and cut down on costly complexities. Contact ISG Technology today.