Desktop virtualisation: reduce costs, transform desktop management and provide the best user experience
Desktop virtualisation offers growing organisations a solution to the high procurement and maintenance costs, endless replacement cycles and security vulnerabilities that have become synonymous with managing a large network of standard PCs.
Managing large numbers of desktops and laptops is a considerable challenge. The physical aspect of procuring, provisioning, maintaining and retiring machines is an expensive, labour-intensive task on its own, but coupled with securing and supporting a complex environment consisting of operating systems, applications, user profiles and data, desktop management is often one of the most difficult and costly challenges facing successful organisations.
Desktop virtualisation alleviates this burden by breaking the bonds between the desktop and associated environment — allowing administrators to provide a handful of virtual machine (VM) reference images or templates, which all employees then use. The system assembles and delivers personalised desktops and applications to end-users on-demand, automatically monitoring and updating their view.
The result is a more flexible access model that improves security, lowers operating costs and simplifies desktop administration and management.
VMware View is the leading desktop virtualisation solution, built for delivering desktops as a managed service — from the platform to the protocol. It enables administrators to manage operating systems, applications and user persona independently of each other —changing, updating and deploying each component independently — for greater business agility and improved response time.
As well as reducing operational costs and simplifying desktop management, VMware View provides end-users with flexible, on-demand access and a superior desktop experience — over any network.
VMware View reduces the overall costs of desktop computing — by up to 50% — by centralising management, administration and resources, and removing IT infrastructure from remote offices
- Improve business agility and user flexibility
VMware View Manager accommodates changing business needs, such as adding new desktop users or groups of users, while providing a consistent experience to every user from any network point
- Reliable business continuity and disaster recovery
VMware View is built on industry-leading VMware vSphere 4 and can automate desktop backup and recovery of a business process in the datacentre
- Increase end-user satisfaction
VMware View PCoIP display protocol provides a superior end-user experience over any network. Adaptive technology ensures optimised virtual desktop delivery on both the LAN and the WAN — end-users can access personalised virtual desktops, complete with applications and data and settings, anywhere and anytime
- Streamline management and control
VMware View Manager lets administrators manage all desktops centrally in the datacentre and provision desktops instantly to new users, departments or offices. Instant clones can be created from a central image, together with dynamic pools of desktops for quick provisioning and rapid updating
- Reduce carbon footprint and energy costs
When used in conjunction with thin client devices, which typically use 1/10th the power of a traditional PC, VMware View helps reduce energy costs and reduce the carbon footprint of your network by up to 80 percent
VMware View 4 Components:
- VMware vSphere 4 for Desktops
VMware vSphere serves as the platform for VMware View 4, providing unified management and a host of features that improve performance, reliability and business continuity, including: the ability to group servers, which host virtual desktops, together for redundancy and eliminate single point of failure; consolidated Backup to centralise backup for desktop virtual machines; automated failover and recovery to keep desktops running non-stop, and dynamic load balancing for desktop computing resources.
VMware View Manager 4 streamlines the management, provisioning and deployment of virtual desktops. Users securely and easily access virtual desktops through VMware View Manager and upgrading and patching are done centrally from a single console, enabling you to efficiently manage 100s or even 1000s of desktops from a small image — saving time and resources.
- VMware View Composer (Premier Edition)
VMware View Composer uses VMware Linked Clone technology to rapidly create desktop images that share virtual disks with a master image to conserve disk space and streamline management. User data and settings are segmented from the desktop image so they can be administered independently.
- VMware ThinApp 4 (Premier Edition)
VMware ThinApp™ application virtualisation software is an agent-less solution that decouples applications from operating systems by isolating and encapsulating them into an EXE or MSI files. This technology reduces application deployment time and costs by enabling multiple versions of applications to run on a single OS without conflict, or the same version of an application to run on multiple operating systems without modification.
Contact us to find out how desktop virtualisation can significantly lower costs, solve your IT desktop support issues and reduce power consumption within your desktop environment.
SYSDBA is a certified VMware VAC (Value Added Consultant).