Maintaining physical desktops typically requires time-consuming desk-side visits, reduces user productivity, delays support response, allows configuration drift, exposes data, reduces mobility, and increases costs. Automation software helps somewhat but really only masks the fundamental problems of traditional physical desktop management.
Desktop virtualization - including server side and client side desktop virtualization, application virtualization, and streaming technologies - solves many of these problems by separating the user environment from the physical hardware. The virtual desktop or application environment is maintained or even hosted centrally, and delivered to the end user across the network, eliminating many of the problems of maintaining distributed desktop systems.
Dell and Citrix together provide an excellent end-to-end solution for desktop virtualization, called Dell Virtual Remote Desktop (VRD) powered by Citrix XenDesktop, which combines Dell’s intelligent desktop-to-data center hardware and comprehensive services with Citrix’s advanced desktop and application virtualization software.
This white paper provides analysis and advice on how desktop virtualization can deliver substantial benefits, simplifying lifecycle management, and driving ongoing cost and productivity benefits.