Trends Report

Demystifying Client Virtualization

Desktop And Application Virtualization Increase Security And Streamline Ops

April 9th, 2008
With contributors:
Rachel Batiancila , Robert Whiteley III

Summary

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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