In the contention between physical and virtualized endpoints, Windows 10 could be the Trojan Horse that helps virtualization win the day. That’s because in every Windows 10 migration discussion—and there are going to be lots of them now that Windows 7 will not be supported beyond 2020—there will be a wider desktop virtualization review wanting to break out.
It makes perfect sense.
Don’t mistake my prediction for hubris, however, because we’ve reached a pivotal moment for virtual desktops and applications, when any preconceptions about their suitability need to be re-evaluated.
There isn’t anything we can’t do
Once upon a time, companies saw virtualized endpoints as suitable only for lightweight applications. Any office workers, such as designers, who needed access to processing-intensive software had to have local PCs or workstations sat under their desks. Thin clients lacked muscle, the story went. Now that’s changed, and workstation-grade processing performance is available with virtualized solutions. And so, the question has become: what office-based roles can’t a thin client support?
The versatility of today’s virtualized endpoints means the advantages of virtual desktop infrastructures (VDI) are no longer “academic.” So, when Windows 10 migration talks begin, and the VDI proposal comes out, there will be many fewer naysayers.
Protecting your greatest vulnerabilities
One area where a VDI trumps a traditional desktop is data and endpoint security. Okay, so it’s not a topic to set pulses racing, but its importance cannot be overestimated. As reported by IDC, 70 percent of security breaches originate with end users and their endpoints—the point being it’s all very well having impenetrable firewalls and impeccably patched systems, but if end users aren’t responsible and endpoints are vulnerable, watch out!
The beauty of a VDI is that data is no longer stored locally but centrally, negating the risk of any sensitive information residing on a local drive where it could be vulnerable. Furthermore, the virtualized endpoints are managed centrally, so critical software updates can be made in one go.
Beyond this, of course, a VDI allows companies to deliver a clean operating system (OS) every time a user logs on—eliminating any installed malware.
Not forgetting the management benefits
For fixed-desktop computing thin clients and virtual desktops are a compelling solution. Although modern PC management is transforming traditional, resource-hungry PC management approaches – if the user is sat at a fixed desktop, centralized deployment and management makes thin clients hard to beat!
...and just think what new IT initiatives could be resourced with time and effort saved by streamlining your desktop device management.
You heard it here first, kind of
It would be nice to think that in the years to come when the world looks back on the Windows 10 migration and the corresponding leap in VDIs, they’ll point at this blog and say how insightful it (and the writer) was. Well, I won’t be holding my breath waiting for that to happen, because the view I’ve shared here is increasingly held by many, since we all know a new dawn for VDI is breaking.
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