Endeavor is proud to have Dell as one of its leading sponsors. The following post is a reprint from the “Dell in the Clouds” blog focused on the future of cloud computing (@DellintheClouds). Find the original blog post here.
By Janet Diaz
“It’s in the cloud!!” seems to be a buzzword for IT and for good reason. Software and services can be more effectively managed and deployed from a central point, but why stop at a single application or service? Why not move the entire desktop to the cloud? Dell’s Virtual Desktop-as-a-Service, part of the Dell Desktop Virtualization Solutions (DVS) portfolio, does just that. By separating the desktops’ operating system, applications, processing and data storage from the desk-side hardware, IT departments can realize many advantages over a traditional network infrastructure by allowing:
Streamline IT: Operating systems, applications, and the support required to maintain thousands of desktops is a time consuming ordeal. Using Virtual Desktop-as-a-Service, patches and updates to desktops are made once and users can immediately take advantage of the changes at their next login simplifying deployment. As a managed solution, IT departments can outsource the mundane support work to Dell, freeing up resources to work on more strategic or profitable projects.
BYOPC (Bring Your Own PC): It’s expensive and difficult to support multiple operating systems, so what happens when the CEO says one morning “I just got this new tablet, I need to access my email and applications” or what happens when your organization needs independent contractors and they, in turn, need access to your data and applications? Virtual Desktop-as-a-Service makes these requests possible. It truly doesn’t matter if they access the desktop from a PC, a Mac or even a tablet they all get their standardized corporate-approved virtual desktops. Contractors can be quick spun up with a virtual desktop that they can access with their own computer. This also means that you can remove their access to critical data when they are done. Virtual Desktop-as-a-Service gives IT the flexibility to allow users to use the hardware of their choice while maintaining control over the desktop environment.
Security: Dell Data Centers are secure facilities and the hardware used has built-in redundancies. Data is stored on redundant hardware, which includes redundant processing, and has redundant power (a bit redundant, isn’t it!). This also means that if a laptop is stolen or crashes, the data is safe and the user only needs to sign back in from another machine to be productive again.
The future of IT is about empowering the users to be more productive and giving them the tools that work best for them, while maintaining the security and supportability of the applications and data. Dell’s Virtual Desktop-as-a-Service not only meets this need, but by transferring the management to Dell, it allows IT the flexibility to invest their efforts into more strategic endeavors. And it does it all from the cloud.
Got 2 minutes? Watch this video to learn what Virtual Desktop-as-a-Service can do for your organization. We want to hear from you, got questions? comments? Feel free to jump in and continue the conversation.