Virtual / Remote Desktop Benefits

Overview

The tightening of corporate budgets is forcing IT to balance business-critical projects against routine operational projects, such as the annual PC refresh process. Replacing an aging PC with a thin client is a proven approach for reducing costs. This is especially true when those cost savings are paired with desktop virtualization and that of thin client system-on-a-chip (SoC) technology.

A number of business drivers are reinvigorating the trend toward Virtual Desktop computing. Here are some of the remote desktop benefits and virtual desktop benefits.

Costs

Support costs: this is where a significant amount of savings are realized. By centralizing applications and desktops, maintenance is significantly reduced. Updates, patches, and upgrades are done once on the central server(s) instead of each user's workstation/laptop desktop. If a user's desktop gets corrupted, all you need to do is close and regenerate the session and the desktop is automatically provisioned from a master image. Compare that to the 3 hours it takes for a technician onsite to re-image a workstation.

Eliminating the PC refresh cycle: Organizations recognize that extending the life of older PCs may result in short-term savings but in the long term, the costs of supporting and managing older hardware significantly outweigh these savings.

Low-cost design of SoC technology: Although workstations costs have dropped, SoC thin clients have a price point substantially lower than any PC by combining all essential the individual computing components of a workstation PC into a single chip, eliminating the operating system and anti-virus licenses, setup/configuration and on going maintenance costs.

Virtual Desktop Technology: Advances in desktop virtualization technology are making desktops easier to deploy, simpler to manage and far more cost-effective than distributed personal workstations.

High-performance user experience: Applications perform better than public cloud based applications or the traditional client server model. These types of applications require a lot of data to be sent back and forth between the server and the client. Because of advanced compression and other techniques used, sending just the screen updates between the server and client is very fast and rivals that of even a high end dedicated workstation.

Increased I.T. Security: Server Based Computing keeps your data on the secure servers without it being ‘spread out’ onto the less secure and "leaky" client computers. The servers are normally in the server room, which is far more secure then on the user’s desk. Security is significantly increased and therefore the liability cost risk is greatly reduced as a uniform security profile can be applied across the enterprise.

Less Malware: Your organizations central servers are better managed and because of this and that fact the server OS is more secure, it’s less likely a computer will be infected by a virus.

Agility

BYOD/Device independence: Users can access their desktop and applications from any type of client device. What is BYOD?

Scalable: New servers and clients can easily be added. With server virtualization, administrators can add and subtract resources as needed with little effort to keep applications running at peak performance thereby reaping productivity gains.

Application virtualization: Virtualization of applications is another major cost benefit as now applications can be centralized on one server or a server cluster. When more resources are needed, such as memory or storage, these can be allocated in minutes. Patch and upgrade management are also more efficiently facilitated.

Availability & Data Integrity

Increased Availability: Servers are easy designed to be fault tolerant, perform load balancing, and have active internal monitoring subsystems. Since storage is generally on SAN (Storage Area Network) or NAS (Network Attached Storage) systems, backup is significantly easier than trying to back up individual workstations.

Remote Access

Remote Access is a snap: Once you move to a centralized desktop model, remote access is built in. Users can access their desktop and applications from anywhere on the network, from home or on the road. No more leaving a workstation turned on and using 3rd party desktop sharing (think 'goto-my ...') applications that are cumbersome and leave you vulnerable to security breaches. You can access your cloud system from inside your office or halfway around the globe. Users love this because they always access their 'same' desktop whether home, at work, or on their iPad, iPhone, Android devices, or other tablet or smart phone device.

Management

Ease of Management: Administrators can deploy, manage and support applications much more easily because they are held on a central server or server farm and are managed from a single point, simplifying application access and administration. Our U.S. based NOC staff monitors the Servers and private cloud systems and after the initial installation we rarely need to come on site as all support is routinely handled remotely.

No more Client Patches: Using thin client devices eliminates patch management of clients since these clients are not running Windows.

Further Reading

VDI vs Host Shared Desktops in Depth

The Death of the PC (Thin Clients in Depth)

Private Cloud / Virtual Desktop Case Study

Summary

With Virtual / Remote Desktops and private clouds, companies get the benefits of the more elastic and flexible cloud computing model while reducing the concerns about lack of control over data, security, and adherence to regulatory and compliance items.

That is where we can help. L4 Networks builds and manages Virtual & Remote Desktop and private cloud environments so you can concentrate on your business and realize the cost savings that accrue from a cloud based infrastructure.