Virtual Desktops and Application Delivery: An Overview

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Virtual Desktops and Application Delivery: An Overview

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With shrinking IT budgets, companies are looking at different ways to leverage available resources. Virtual desktops and application delivery offer an ultimate choice for businesses to scale up resources and increase productivity levels. In addition, desktop virtualization concepts allow your employees to connect to business processes from anywhere, anytime. This flexibility of working from a remote desktop increases the productivity of your business while saving expenses on infrastructure.

What is a Virtual Desktop?

Virtual Desktop is a term that talks about extending your desktop beyond the actual limits of your computer screen area. In simpler words, your desktop is virtualized using a remote server so that it can be accessed from any device. All your icons, files, graphics and desktop settings are stored on a remote server and not on your PC. With virtual desktop infrastructure and application delivery, businesses get the flexibility to optimize available resources to the fullest.

The history of Virtual Desktops

Virtualization concepts and cloud computing have gained a lot of prominence in recent times. However, the concept of desktop virtualization is not a new topic. In the late 60s, virtualization techniques were used to divide resources and extend certain functionalities of Main Frame Computers. With the individual PCs dominating the IT industry in 80s and 90s, virtualization techniques were kept in the backseat for some time. The actual power of virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) was unleashed to the fullest in the new millennium.

What does VDI and Application Delivery offer businesses?

The most striking feature of virtual desktops and application delivery is the optimization of resources. VDI offers a perfect solution to meet growing business needs by scaling up resources in a dynamic way. Applications can be deployed on devices in a quick and efficient manner. Moreover, updates and patches can be easily applied to each device without shutting down the device from the network.

Another striking feature of VDI and Application Delivery is the integration of business networks which creates highly scalable data management solutions while bringing more agility into networks. Large enterprises that have multiple office locations can integrate business processes and improve overall business productivity in an efficient way. The increased usage of smart phones has created a ‘bring your own device’ (BYOD) environment in most offices. With a powerful VDI, employees get the flexibility to access business processes from anywhere.

Network security is an important topic that businesses need to address. With VDI, you can manage data in a secure and reliable way. Automatic backups and disaster recovery solutions take care of your critical data and allow you to concentrate on your business processes. While the centralized management allows you to monitor business activities, VDI saves huge expenses on infrastructure.

VDI Concerns

While VDI is a definite advantage for businesses, the cost and the complexity of managing virtual servers is a concern. By choosing a powerful VDI server like 2X Remote Application Server, you can easily create virtual desktops and manage application delivery in a simple and effective way. With several years of proven track record and thousands of satisfied clients, 2X Software offers the right solution for your virtualization and application delivery needs. Moreover, this VDI server is affordable and easy-to-use. Download 2X Remote Application Server to deliver virtual desktops and applications from a central location, providing continuous availability, resource-based load balancing and complete end-to-end network transparency for administrators.

Sean Bianco is the marketing documentalist and technical writer at Parallels. With a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology and Networking and a three year background in software quality assurance testing and usability engineering, Sean is a subject matter expert in mobility and smartphone, app and device management. He is well-versed in developing technical articles and determining market trends. His excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, with emphasis on understanding relationships between technical problems, result in sound and effective business solutions.