Desktop Virtualisation (VDI)
Provisioning and managing the corporate desktop PC estate represents a massive cost within the IT budget and can be a huge headache for IT administrators. Just keeping track of hundreds – or thousands – of PCs is a time-consuming job. Added to this is the challenge of ensuring that every employee has a fully functioning desktop, regularly coordinating rollouts of software updates, and carrying out major operating system migrations.
Understanding the true cost of providing these desktop services to the end user and ensuring an acceptable return on investment (ROI) with effective controls must be a business priority. But it can also create an opportunity to save money and resources.
Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) consolidates large estates of desktop PCs onto a centralised server farm where ever a user has their own ‘virtual’ PC.
Instead of users having an expensive, dedicated, fully loaded PC on their desk, they all access a full version of the operating system (Windows, Linux...) environment, including desktop applications, located remotely on the server.
They do this from much lower cost ‘thin client’ PCs or terminals. Revisions, updates, licensing, security, user-specific profiles and changes are all implemented on the server farm – all controlled through a central management console.
Key Desktop Questions:
• Do you have over 50 desktop PC users?
• What is your true cost of deploying a new PC over a three-year period?
• Does the number of licences you have in place match reality?
• Having too few puts you in breach of contract, while too many incurs unnecessary cost.
• How many PCs are left switched on all the time – how much are you spending on power and cooling?
• How quick and easy is it to update PCs with new applications and back them up to secure your data?
• How much unused storage capacity is lying idle across the desktop estate?
• Is unauthorised downloaded content threatening your business continuity and reducing employee productivity?
• How many PCs are based in remote offices, making them even harder to manage?
• Are users free to configure the look and feel of their desktop – are you happy
Desktop Virtualisation Benefits:
• A VDI-based infrastructure will cost less to buy, manage, maintain and power.
• New software can be quickly, easily and consistently rolled out.
• The business owns the look and feel of a PC, and hot-desking becomes a possibility.
• The business is protected from malicious or accidental abuse.
• Storage becomes a centralised, shared and cost-effective resource, with more desktop storage being purchased only when absolutely necessary.
• Thin client/virtual PCs use less power per user and can be centrally shut down when not in use.
• Licences match usage exactly – no more, no less.If one or more of these points are relevant to your organization then talk to us now about the benefits that Qual can offer both in terms of efficiency and return on investment of Virualising your Desktops.
|To explore the Business Advantages that Desktop Virtualisation can bring to your organisation or if you would like to discuss arranging a bespoke POC (proof of concept) service, call us now on 0845 686 0890 to discuss the unique benefits that Qual can offer to your business when introducing or expanding your existing Virtual IT Architecture.
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