Time to rethink traditional desktop deployment
For IT organizations, desktop management is manual, time-consuming and expensive. Ensuring data security and regulatory compliance is complex when desktops are distributed around the globe. Business continuity is difficult to implement when users are tied to their physical PCs. The longer users keep their PCs, the more that performance degrades as patches and application updates inevitably cause bloat. The alternative is to replace or re-image the machines, meaning disruptions and loss of productivity.
Is desktop virtualization the answer?
First-generation desktop virtualization technologies enable the centralization of desktops by creating virtual desktops in the datacenter, which makes them easier to secure and backup. However, many of the same desktop lifecycle management issues persist – IT still needs an efficient virtual desktop manager to manage, maintain and update each virtual desktop image, along with all its installed applications and user settings. In addition, many first attempts at desktop virtualization introduced new challenges – most notably, degraded user experience over networks and the high costs of networked storage needed for each user’s desktop image.
Desktop delivery – the next generation of desktop virtualization
Citrix XenDesktop™ offers a next-generation, user-centric desktop virtualization solution that provides a complete system for desktop delivery. XenDesktop dynamically assembles virtual desktops on-demand, providing users a new and pristine, yet personalized, desktop each time they log on – ensuring that performance never degrades. In addition, XenDesktop’s high-speed delivery protocol provides unparalleled responsiveness over any network which helps in desktop optimization. For IT organizations, XenDesktop greatly simplifies desktop lifecycle management and radically drives down cost of ownership by separating the delivery of the desktop OS, applications and user settings.