Desktop Virtualization, or running your employeeâs desktop machines in the Cloud, is a great way to ensure business continuity as well as lowering costs for management. The ability to leverage a dedicated server running a virtualization program such as those offered by Citrix and VMWare provides the ability to provide advanced benefits such as telecommuting and BYOD that many smaller businesses might feel are out of reach. It is also a great way to lower expenses of time and money among various departments.
The first advantage of virtualizing desktops is the fact that IT can be more effective in managing their time since they can fix any employee issues remotely, since the desktop that the employee is having issues with is in the Cloud. This not only saves IT time, but it also saves on costs because there wonât be dozens of PCs draining power in your facility. You will just have the end clients that your employees use, which can range from iPads to Mobile Phones and more, depending on your companyâs BYOD policy. In some cases, companies donât expend anything on traditional hardware at all anymore, and they simply rely on the equipment their employees use in their day-to-day lives outside of work.
This leads up to the second benefit of virtualizing, the ability to reduce costs. Virtualizing desktops enables you to cut on the necessity of upgrading employee PCs, or as outlined in the example above, the need to buy them any equipment at all! All that needs to be done to engage in the virtualization is to either purchase a server to host the virtual machines, or to utilize a dedicated server using VMWare or Citrix to host the virtual desktops. Thus, instead of having to pay for equipment in large orders, you will have an operating expense that is manageable, and can be scaled depending on how many licenses you need from time to time.
The third benefit to virtualization is also the biggest, which is the ability to maintain business continuity, even in a disaster scenario where your business cannot be accessed, such as in a scenario like Hurricane Sandy. In this sort of disaster scenario where your workplace canât be accessed, employees will be able to work remotely by logging into their desktop from the location that they happen to be, whether it be in their home or at a nearby location they can access with internet access. There is no emphasizing the importance of being able to have your employees work in a âbusiness-as-usualâ form when your business is being assailed by a disaster.The final benefit is the one that most people tend to think of first when they think of Virtual Desktops, which is the ability to work remotely, also tied into by business continuity. Telecommuting is a very attractive benefit for companies to be able to offer new employees, as employees can save on commuting costs and spend more time with their families when they do not need to leave their home to visit the office. Combined with a BYOD policy, employees can be managed and operational without ever needing to visit the main office at all! In todayâs world where employees have ever increasing costs outside of work, this is a great benefit to provide to help alleviate that concern for employees.