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Demystifying Client Virtualization

Desktop And Application Virtualization Increase Security And Streamline Ops

April 9, 2008


  • By Natalie Lambert
  • with Robert Whiteley III,
  • Rachel Batiancila

Why Read This Report

To virtualize or not to virtualize? That is no longer the question. The new question that desktop managers should ask is, "What desktop environment strikes the balance between productive users and IT's need for increased manageability and security?" Emerging client virtualization technologies have the answer: Cost-effectively deliver a desktop tailored to each user scenario. This means that the traditional desktop model — inherently insecure, inflexible, and hard-to-manage — is a thing of the past. Organizations will instead identify their users by criteria like task-based, knowledge, or power users and will deliver dynamic desktops accordingly. After speaking to organizations looking at desktop and application virtualization, we know that client virtualization is not just an emerging trend, it's the future of the corporate PC.

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Table of Contents

  • The Desktop Dilemma: New Mandates, Old Technologies, And Too Many Users
  • Client Virtualization Addresses Security, Management, And Flexibility Needs
  • The Dawn Of Scenario-Based Computing: New, Flexible Desktop Models
  • Mainstream Enterprises Use Client Virtualization
  • recommendations

  • Don't Succumb To The Hype: Build A Targeted Business Case
  • Supplemental Material