Complete Data Management Strategy an Imperative for Desktop Virtualisation

By Sanjeev Jain, VP-IT, Integreon Managed Solutions India

Desktop Virtualizations
Desktop Virtualization permit employees to access data, applications from multiple devices, including other desktop computers, laptops, tablets, and smartphones. This increases productivity by permitting associates to access necessary data from anywhere. In addition to this, if an employee’s device is out of order, they can simply log in from another device and continue working because the data stored centrally.

Since everything is centrally managed, stored and secured, virtual desktops eliminate the need to install, update and patch applications, backup files and scan for viruses on individual client devices. Desktop virtualization also helps to streamline management of software assets. Implementing Virtualizations is not going to be easy in the organizations, this is major project that needs to be handled very carefully. There are range of management issues or pain-points for IT. In this article, we’ll look at some of the key areas that system administrators deal with in regards to virtualizing desktops. 

Business requirements
Documenting business requirements is very critical for IT to ensure that end users requirements are documented in terms of type of applications are used like home grown or off-the-shelf product. You’ll also need to understand where each application can run in virtual environment or not and whether it is compliant to run in Remote Desktop or RDS mode. 

Management, Administration and Test environment 
In terms of desktop virtualization administration and management, the assumption is that IT heads can easily set up a single master image and deliver it quickly to large groups of users. In the case of VDI-based virtualization, however, multiple implementations exist for every layer of the architecture. Setting up test environment and testing desktop visualization plays very crucial part in terms of implementing desktop virtualization. Involve business users at initially testing phase so you can eliminate most issues before you get into general testing. Run live tests from remote office locations to understand user experience and performance across the WAN. Build a check list so that user can follow every steps and perform every part of their jobs. 

Data Security and Storage
Today’s threats are more powerful than ever, ranging from the infection of corporate networks by custom malware to targeted hacking, sophisticated phishing attacks and complete tampering with or theft of assets and intellectual property, not to mention people simply forgetting their tablet or smartphone. Desktop virtualization provides better security to an organization because employees aren’t “carrying around” confidential company data on a personal / portable device that could easily be lost, stolen or tampered with. The centralized data is easier to manage, more secure and a less expensive than trying to maintain datacenters in every branch office. 

The storage you choose can play a key role in keeping costs low in desktop virtualisation deployments, meeting performance and capacity requirements, and delivering on end-user expectations. So, having a complete data management strategy as part of your desktop virtualisation plan is critical to success. 

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