Keeping up with the pace of IT is one of the continual challenges for the modern business. IT managers must work hard to support new business strategies while creating better efficiencies and supporting users who are accessing rich applications, powerful desktops and cloud-based resources. Evolving market conditions will also result in increased merger activity, reorganizations and organic growth to capture new revenue streams before the competition.
Challenge: Organizational disruption. In good times and bad, midsize to large companies undertake acquisitions, mergers and major reorgs with regularity. Furthermore, advancements in information technology have helped many organizations experience organic growth faster than ever before; in many sectors, software, mobile apps and services are helping create new business models and revenue streams. If your organization is going through a major structural change or growth spurt, a VDI deployment can help ease the pain, as follows:
Rapid expansion of new business units. Following a merger, employees in the new business unit need to use applications which arent typically available in their data center. Using VDI and a hybrid cloud will help IT deploy new virtual desktops in minutes. Let’s assume that the newly-acquired company is located several thousand miles away from headquarters. With VDI and a cloud architecture, the engineering team can simply spin up 50 new pooled or assigned desktops and deliver them to the new branch through a remote network connection. This helps new employees integrate faster into the parent company, especially when they have a simple web portal for logging into all of their key applications, files and tools. Remember, VDI helps create new economics when combined with next-generation data center, virtualization, and graphics solutions. This means that users who traditionally could never get a virtual desktop can now benefit from the trend. And, they can get an even better experience than working on a native machine. Graphics optimization is passed through the hypervisor and integrates directly into the hardware and server layer. From there, administrators can control individual or group settings to optimize the entire experience.
Enabling monitoring and scalability. VDI will help create a proactive and automated resource provisioning and de-provisioning environment. You’re creating an architecture that helps you manage resources and provide new capabilities based on pre-set thresholds. For example, you can set alerts to create new VDI instances if you see a spike in usage. Or, you can send out notifications if resources are being underutilized on a specific host. Most of all, you can control how applications, desktops, graphics, and even physical resources are allocated from your data center layer. These efforts can reduce data center complexity and allow you to better align business strategies. For example, adjusting to market demands becomes much easier with an agile desktop delivery architecture. As well, by centralizing key resources (CPU, RAM, graphics, and even applications) you give IT administrators greater capabilities around provisioning and data center management. Instead of separate, fragmented components, critical resources are all under one management plane.
There’s ample reason for the current resurgence in virtual desktops. The architecture supports more users and use cases, while simultaneously improving the user experience with faster, more secure access to a larger array of applications and files needed to be productive. Virtualization technologies are important for business agility and scalability. Finally, the speed at which resources are accessible by a distributed workforce improves IT and business alignment as a company goes through transformative change. With the right leadership, flexible technologies such as virtualization and VDI can even help create real-world competitive advantages.
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