Benefits of consolidating vendors

09-Oct-2017 07:50 by 3 Comments

Benefits of consolidating vendors

In this installment of our Virtualization Projects Hot Spot Tutorial, we'll examine the benefits of desktop virtualization and a few different ways of implementing it.Download our latest guide to the top strategies solution providers can leverage for starting up and securing a cloud practice, successful approaches to selling and marketing cloud, and why it is urgent for partners to transition now.

Even with management tools to help, applying patches to the operating system (OS) or even upgrading applications can be a time- and labor-intensive task.

For example, some colleges are looking at desktop virtualization as a way of handling upgrades quickly between semesters, said Ty Schwab, founder and senior consultant of Blackhawk Technology Consulting LLC, a Eugene, Ore., IT consultancy.

Colleges only have about two or three weeks from the end of one term to the beginning of the next, which is not typically enough time to update every computer lab across campus without downtime interfering with the academic schedule.

The fundamental technology behind desktop virtualization is similar to server virtualization: An administrator creates a VM image file that contains a computer's operating system, drivers, applications, files and settings.

A virtualization engine then runs the VM, which behaves as if it were a regular,nonvirtualized computer.

If the employee's computer is a thin client, your customer can save costs by consolidating hardware resources onto the server, just as in server virtualization -- a thin client is much cheaper than a full-fledged desktop or laptop.

Mobile or remote employees can also connect to their desktop from anywhere in the world if they have a fast enough connection and a computer capable of connecting to the server's VM, Schwab said.

The physical computer running the VM, called the host, can either be the user's computer or a centralized server.

Although it is still a fairly new technology, the success of server virtualization is prompting many companies -- and systems integrators (SIs) -- to look into the benefits of desktop virtualization.

Because the VM is abstracted and separate from the computer's hardware and other VMs, security is one of the major benefits of desktop virtualization.

In many organizations, there is a natural tension between employees who want to have a desktop environment they can control and install applications on, and IT staff who would prefer that computers be locked down and kept safe from malware and attacks that might compromise company information.

Instead of each computer being separate, administrators create just a handful of VMs or VM templates for different roles within a company.