Ah, the much-maligned IT department. End-users only come knocking when something doesn’t work or they feel like they need an upgrade or new software. Well here’s the good news. Desktop virtualization is the makeover the IT department has dreamed of, transforming every hard-working but unappreciated geek into a superhero. When presenting the concept of desktop virtualization to end-users – or even the CIO – here are five euphemisms you can use to quickly get them on board.
- Access to your workplace from any device – even your own iPad – means you can work from anywhere, any time.
- Less downtime – desktop virtualization means high availability and centralized management of your workplace. Your data is now backed up in the data center, which is way more reliable than traditional distributed backup and data recovery methods.
- Faster access – no more twiddling your thumbs waiting for your system to boot up. It’s “pre-booted.” Think of all that you can do with that extra five minutes, five days a week, 300+ days a year … My quick math tells me that’s an extra 2.6 days of user productivity!
- Better performance – your workplace works better because it actually resides in the datacenter where there is more power.
- Bring your own device to work – your smartphone, tablet, laptop (even if it’s a Mac Book), it doesn’t matter. Use your own device for both professional and private use.
Between you and me, we know that desktop virtualization is neither a panacea nor a band-aid, and there can be consequences if it’s not properly planned or implemented. Fortunately, there are powerful tools for the transition to and management of a virtualized desktop environment, which will help IT deliver on its superhero promises.