Changing the Game By Todd Rutherford

In an article by Kevin Fogarty of IT WORLD, the resonating passage captured from Michael Fox’s DeMystifying the Virtual Desktop is, “Desktop virtualization is not a blatant technology. It may never be. It is a game changing technology.” In a technologically savvy era, there is always some new gadget coming out to trump the old. From new cell phones to faster PCs, a new technological breakthrough is always waiting on the horizon. In fact, a cell phone purchased a few months ago can quickly become obsolete, as the next phone with all new features is just around the corner. Amidst all this technological hoopla, Fox’s book points to the not-so-apparent changes that, beneath the surface, are slowly bringing about a shift in the technological landscape.

For example, looking not only at the corporate world, but also the millions of small businesses out there, desktop virtualization is enabling new kinds of work-at-home and outsourcing scenarios. It is not necessarily a cost saver for all companies, but does allow for more agility among employers and employees. New users can be deployed anywhere in the world in a matter of minutes, as well as new applications for new use cases in hours. Also, disaster recovery for an entire corporate campus could be realized in an equally short time period.

The next generation of the desktop is geared to provide corporations and users of all types, from the extremely mobile to the task worker who uses but a few applications to outsourcing arrangements with the right applications presented in the right way. This is all done securely and with enhancements that make administration of desktop environments more cost effective for large corporations. Desktop virtualization is an entirely different technology than server virtualization technology. The following are just a few of the pros of the virtual desktop for the corporate world:

The ability for employees to potentially work from home full-time
Immense savings in resources, time, and labor
A customized virtual environment catering to the specific needs of each user
Improved user experience and increased employee productivity

It is imperative, however, to note that if the virtual desktop is not properly implemented, it will turn into an experience of mass frustration, not to mention the severe revenue and productivity hit that accompanies a poorly established system. Nevertheless, the pros far outweigh the cons, and it will only be a matter of time until this game changer hits the technological world by storm-just the way the Internet did in the mid 1990s.

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