Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

Desktop virtualization can be used in conjunction with application virtualization and user profile management systems, now termed “user virtualization," to provide a comprehensive desktop environment management system. In this mode, all the components of the desktop are virtualized, which allows for a highly flexible and much more secure desktop delivery model. In addition, this approach supports a more complete desktop disaster recovery strategy as all components are essentially saved in the data center and backed up through traditional redundant maintenance systems. If a user’s device or hardware is lost, the restore is straightforward and simple, because the components will be present at login from another device. In addition, because no data is saved to the user’s device, if that device is lost, there is much less chance that any critical data can be retrieved and compromised.

Remote desktop virtualization implementations operate in a client/server computing environment. Application execution takes place on a remote operating system which communicates with the local client device over a network using a remote display protocol through which the user interacts with applications. All applications and data used remain on the remote system with only display, keyboard, and mouse information communicated with the local client device, which may be a conventional PC/laptop, a thin client device, a tablet, or even a smartphone. A common implementation of this approach involves hosting multiple desktop operating system instances on a server hardware platform running a hypervisor.

Various industry leading vendors are able to accomplish Desktop Virtualization:

XenDesktop is able to manage and deliver applications and desktops using a connection broker called Desktop Delivery Controller. It supports multiple hypervisors, including XenServer, VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V and Nutanix Acropolis to create virtual machines to run the applications and desktops. The software allows for several types of delivery methods and is compatible with multiple architectures, including desktops and servers, datacenters, and private, public or hybrid clouds.
Remote Desktop
Remote Desktop, formerly Microsoft Terminal Services, allows a user to remotely log into a networked computer running the terminal services server. It presents the desktop interface of the remote system, as if it were accessed locally.
VMware Horizon Suite is a collection of products and technologies designed to help information technology (IT) administrators deliver desktops and applications and secure data on a variety of endpoint devices.

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We can assist you with any virtualization needs that your organization may have. We are experienced with most virtualization hyper-visors and virtualization for application and desktop infrastructure.

Need just an application virtualized?

Application virtualization is software technology that separates software from the underlying operating system on which it is running. A fully virtualized application is not installed in the traditional sense, although it is still executed as if it were.
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