The traditional desktop operating envi­ronment, while initially convenient to set up, creates several long-term management problems:

  • Automated processes for maintaining applications via centralized patch and upgrade don’t scale easily
  • Data security is challenging
  • Data backup is difficult and unreliable
  • As desktop and mobile hardware becomes more sophisticated, the workload to maintain that hardware increases

Even for small organizations, supporting physical desktops can become a time and resource draining task for an IT staff. Fortunately, virtualization technologies have matured to address these problems.

This Essential Guide talks about these technologies and how they now enable centralized administration for convenient management, security, backup, and restoration. Fewer staff can support the same number of users, and problems can be resolved faster, reducing the total cost of ownership (TCO).