Many organisations are implementing Windows 7, and as they do so, they are taking the opportunity to consider how they deploy and manage desktop PCs. They want to make people productive—anytime, anywhere, on an array of devices—while maintaining compliance and controlling costs. The free Microsoft Desktop Virtualisation Overview white paper explores the desktop virtualisation options available as summarised in the diagram below:

Among the benefits of deploying Windows 7 outlined in the paper are:

Flexibility to Work Everywhere

Microsoft Desktop Virtualisation enables the following scenarios to give users the flexibility to work everywhere:

  • Flexible Access to Windows - Microsoft Desktop Virtualisation solutions provide secure access to Windows from many connected devices (desktops, laptops, mobile devices, and non-Windows-based devices). It provides users the flexibility to access their desktops from the connected devices they choose, giving them the freedom to work anywhere. At the same time, it empowers IT to keep users happy by providing them a consistent and personalised experience across multiple devices while making sure the corporate environment is secure.
  • Anywhere Productivity - Microsoft Desktop Virtualisation solutions provide secure access to applications, data, and personal settings on any corporate PC. It enables applications, data, and personal settings to follow users, keeping them productive when they switch PCs and even when they are disconnected from the network. IT can keep users happy by providing them access to their personalised Windows experiences across multiple connected or disconnected PCs.
  • Maximise Hardware Investments - Microsoft Desktop Virtualisation solutions can help maximize hardware investments by providing access to multiple Windows environments (e.g., business and personal environment; or development and test environments) from a single device. It enables organisations to pursue Bring Your Own PC (BYOPC) programs, in which employees can use their own devices for work. IT can secure the corporate environment even when unmanaged devices access it.

Improve Compliance and Business Continuity

Microsoft Desktop Virtualisation enables the following scenarios to improve compliance and business continuity:

  • Secure Corporate Data - Microsoft Desktop Virtualisation solutions help secure corporate data by centralizing desktops in the data centre and removing applications and data from the endpoint. IT can provide comprehensive and secure remote access to corporate resources for employees, partners, and vendors on both managed and unmanaged devices.
  • Avoid Business Disruptions - Microsoft Desktop Virtualisation can improve business continuity by ensuring uninterrupted access to corporate applications and data. In the event of business disruptions (including lost or dysfunctional PCs, natural disasters, and power outages), it helps users remain productive by instantly provisioning user applications and data. IT can store business information centrally to prepare for unforeseen events, and users can access it at any time.

Simplify Management and Delivery

Microsoft Desktop Virtualisation enables the following scenarios to simplify management and delivery:

  • Accelerate Deployment - Microsoft Desktop Virtualisation solutions can accelerate on-demand provisioning of virtual applications and desktops based on users’ identities and roles. It reduces the time and effort required to deploy corporate applications and desktops to users. It allows users to self-provision applications based on their identity, device and network connection from which they are accessing their corporate resources. IT can deliver applications or desktops to users as services with infrastructure that is hosted on premises, by a third party, or in the public cloud.
  • Centralised and Unified Infrastructure - Microsoft Desktop Virtualisation solutions provide a centralised platform for managing both physical and virtual environments. With Microsoft System Center, IT can realise the benefits of desktop virtualisation without increasing the cost or complexity of management by consolidating security and management applications into a unified platform. By using a single platform, IT can inventory, patch,and configure physical and virtual desktops. IT can deliver agility and efficiency through automation, and self-service

You can download your personal copy of the white paper here

Posted by Ian