The Need For Convergence In Desktop Virtualization

The Need for Convergence in Desktop Virtualization

Desktop and application virtualization technologies have made incremental progress by developing specific approaches to solve individual desktop computing challenges. Local virtual desktop have been successful in development and testing because they provide complete operating system isolation. Server-based computing and VDI have enabled enterprises to centralize desktop computing in the data center for task workers and outsourcers to increase security and availability. Application virtualization and streaming have enabled enterprises to distribute applications without installation and run multiple versions of the same application at the same time. However, no single approach to desktop virtualization has delivered a compelling solution to replace traditional PCs because each has significant barriers to widespread adoption. What is needed is a desktop virtualization solution that provides complete convergence and delivers the familiar experience of a Windows desktop using the right desktop virtualization technology for the right user scenario.

Desktop Virtualization User Requirements

Enterprises are made up of different types of workers that have unique desktop computing requirements. While the percentage breakdown for each type of worker varies by industry and company, most large enterprises have some population within each category (see Figure 1). Traditional PCs have evolved over the past two decades to meet the requirements of each type of user. To replace traditional PCs, desktop virtualization must provide a single desktop virtualization platform that can meet the needs of task workers, campus workers, mobile workers, remote workers and address unmanaged PCs used by employees, contractors and consultants.

1. Task Workers

Task workers use a thin client or low end PC to accomplish a specific task while working on a campus network. This type of user does not typically require personalization or the ability to install applications. In fact, task workers often share the same PC with other users during different shifts. VDI or server-based computing is often ideal for this type of user because of the ability to centralize and pool resources. Network streaming can also be used for these types of users.

2. Campus Workers

The campus worker uses a desktop PC (or thin client) on the internal LAN to connect to computing services. Campus workers prefer a personalized desktop environment where they can install their own plug-ins and applications and configure settings to their preference. Depending on the types of campus worker, local desktop virtualization, network streaming or VDI may be appropriate.

3. Mobile Workers

Mobile workers use a laptop as their primary workstation. These users work at home, on the road, and in the office. They use a mix of wired and wireless networking to connect to computing services over the LAN and over the WAN using VPN. Mobile workers require personalization, the ability to work offline and sync their desktop, particularly if they have multiple computing devices. Using local desktop virtualization on a laptop or running their virtualized desktop from a portable drive is ideal for mobile workers.

4. Remote Workers

Remote workers work primarily at home or at a remote branch office that is connected over a WAN using a VPN. Remote workers use either a laptop or a desktop computer depending on their mobility and rarely if ever work on campus. Using local desktop virtualization on a laptop or running their virtualized desktop from portable drive is ideal for the mobile worker.

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