The Desktop Has Gone Virtual
The computer desktop continues to shrink while productivity increases and the cost of ownership greatly decreases.
Pano Logic has a leading edge in the virtual desktop space and here are some of the highlights from their white paper.
Virtual desktops enable users to access a standard Windows operating system installation, along with whatever applications and data are needed, running on centralized servers in a data center. These servers use specialized software called hypervisors to create a ―virtual machine‖ that simulates roughly the same capabilities as physical desktop computers. Desktop virtual machines (DVMs) connect over local area networks to specialized endpoint devices at the users’ location that in turn are connected to peripherals like monitors, keyboards, mice and other peripherals to make a complete system.
While there are many technological and architectural approaches to virtual desktops, they all share a common goal – to free the user’s desktop computing environment from the constraints and problems associated with deploying, maintaining, securing and supporting it on physically distributed personal computer hardware.
Why is this important??
Personal computers have provided knowledge workers with great utility and power, growing into a robust environment for a wide variety of applications and tasks. Unfortunately along with that growing utility has come an even more rapid growth in deployment and management headaches for the supporting IT organizations.
Physical desktop PCs can require an inordinate amount of management to make them secure, reliable platforms – and even more troublesome is that support issues often require a trip by IT staff to the user’s desk in order to physically troubleshoot problems.
Distributed physical PCs also pose many potential security problems as they make it easy for users to create uncontrolled local copies of critical data – exposing the organization to difficulties ranging from simple data archiving and destruction policy violations to complex and costly thefts of customer or financial data resulting in legal liabilities and public relations disasters.
Virtual desktops are growing in popularity because they address many of these issues through their two key attributes: being consolidated in a central location, and by being virtual rather than physical in nature.
What is the point……Why do I need this??
The Pano System and the Pano Zero Client delivers the benefits of virtualization to the desktop. It makes it possible for IT staff to deploy, manage, secure and support desktops entirely from within the data center or a virtualized corporate setup — including provisioning, monitoring, trouble-shooting, backups and updates — and it removes the many inconveniences, costs, productivity drains and security threats of having traditional PCs at user’s desks.
Zero clients by design can’t store data locally, eliminating security risks from the loss or theft of the devices – lacking a processor they also present no opportunity for malware infection. And without fans or failure-prone hard drives they can have life spans many times that of typical PCs in harsh environments, reducing both costs and user downtime.
Virtual desktops can also help you meet goals for reducing your environmental footprint by cutting desktop energy use to just a few percent of the energy consumed by PCs, often saving enough to recoup endpoint capital expenses in the first year or two.
While we could go on for some time in this paper you can view the compete draft at Pano Logic.
Meanwhile if you are interested in learning more please feel free to contact Bill at 732-996-8259 and I will be happy to collaborate with you for a solution.