Three Reasons It’s Time to Transition to a Virtualized Desktop Environment
By 2020, IDC predicts nearly three quarters (72.3 percent) of the total U.S. workforce will be mobile workers. The increase in bring-you-own-device (BYOD) programs, remote work and the general widespread adoption of mobile devices by consumers and employees alike are all driving forces behind this trend.
For organizations, the growth in mobile workers means there’s a strong need to provide employees with access to any business application from any device while still addressing security and application management concerns. Transitioning to a virtualized desktop environment is one primary way organizations can address this need while simultaneously keeping company data secure when users access it off-site.
By centralizing and virtualizing legacy applications, organizations will see these benefits:
1. Improved Productivity
A centralized, virtualized environment generates productivity in several ways:
- Employee productivity increases, as they can work where they want, when they want and from the device of their choice.
- IT productivity increases, as the department can centralize their management of devices, applications and security concerns rather than needing to apply patches or updates to each connected device individually.
- Business productivity increases, as greater mobility across the organization drives better workflow efficiency. For instance, healthcare workers can update patients’ files while doing rounds, eliminating the need to enter information digitally later.
Another great example of the level of productivity that can be achieved with a virtual environment is Spain’s Kutxabank. By transitioning to a virtual environment, in which resources are shared across IT more efficiently, the bank completed a four-way integration with less hardware and in record time.
2. Reduced Operational Costs
There are two significant ways a virtualized environment can have an impact on operational costs. The first is by offering a BYOD program. In a virtualized desktop environment, organizations can eliminate the capital expense of purchasing end-user devices while still being able to effectively manage the devices and eliminate security concerns associated with personal devices connected to enterprise data.
Another way organizations can reap cost savings is through the avoidance of time-intensive IT management activities. With a centralized and virtual environment, IT can centralize desktop management, including migrating files, provisioning applications, issuing application updates or applying security patches across the company’s infrastructure.
The economies of scale that are available from being able to manage these types of issues in a central, virtual fashion can ultimately improve the bottom line while freeing up more of IT’s time to focus on strategic, long-term initiatives.
3. Improved Security With a Virtualized Desktop Environment
One of the greatest benefits of a virtualized desktop environment is that it keeps corporate applications and data off end-user devices and sets companies up for better security practices overall. Managing security issues, such as the need to apply a security update, becomes a streamlined process. Instead of applying the security patch to all user devices, PCWorld explains, IT can simply patch one master image in the data center — a significant savings in time that also ensures all devices are updated promptly before security breaches occur.
Despite the number of benefits a virtualized environment provides, IT managers are often still held back from making the transition by concerns in the form of cost overruns and project delays — both of which can be part of the transition to a virtual environment. To reduce the likelihood of these types of issues, it’s important to find a virtualization partner who can adapt to the project management needs of your portfolio.
The benefits of transitioning to a virtual environment — from cost savings to infrastructure flexibility, as well as security and end-user productivity — all make a strong case for finding the right partner that makes the transition well worth the effort.