The rapid advance of multi-functional personal computing devices such as smart phones and tablets have blurred the lines between consumer IT and enterprise IT. Personal preferences have spilled over to the enterprise – what was once a trend with top management has now percolated down to the average knowledge worker. Company issued and owned devices fail to satisfy the demands of today’s workforce. In the interests of personal productivity and satisfaction, many organizations have allowed such devices to proliferate within the enterprise. How can IT still deliver a standardized desktop experience that will support corporate IT workload and applications, without compromising on control?
On another side, desktop refreshes impose a huge cost, both in terms of effort and money, and also impact the environment, as millions of used computer parts find their way into landfills. The need to maintain a homogenous desktop environment across the enterprise has spawned a large number of management solutions, but the situation is far from perfect. High costs of routine maintenance and management mean that more than 80% of IT budgets go towards keeping the lights on. Desktop virtualization can be a panacea for these problems, and transform the way IT is traditionally delivered and managed.