What is Desktop Virtualization?

Desktop Virtualization is something very common among the companies that believe a lot in adopting the latest technologies to increase their business.  However it is very much apparent that this process creates a havoc storage concern. For example, how do you work out storage allocations when there are thousands of users and desktops involved? In a visualized environment there is no scope for localized storage of data, that means users are not saving their work or data’s in local machines, but instead they are saving work and using applications which are hosted in a shared storage center. A key solution to successful implementation of large virtualization of desktop project is to successfully manage the imaging of the servers involved.

Sometimes it is very difficult to precisely assess what amount of desktop storage is going to be required for any specific purpose. You can say it with high degree of confidence about how much area you need for storage for different means of work, only if you conduct high granular assessment. Study says that performing a granular assessment over a large number of users is not cost effective. Ensuring that there is free space allocation available in a dynamic fashion will also dramatically reduce the burden on the storage system and the team managing it.

There is also a major issue to tackle when every user suddenly starts logging on to their machines. This is known as “boot storm”. For example if about some thousands of people come to work at the same time and power on their system at the same time, would be enough o create a traffic jam. A potential solution to this problem could be, by creating a range of master images which are capable of each handling hundreds of virtual machines. Also when you are opting for a Desktop virtualization, it is imperative that there is a requirement to optimize space in the storage center, which means the duplication of the data’s should be removed as is possible.

On the other hand, it is very much possible to lessen duplication by a large factor – in most of the cases; it has been proved to have removed around 95% of the duplication from the conventional system. Boot storms cause grave problems for sensible deployment of desktop virtualization and it is a source of many of the major objections to going down the virtualization road at all.

But the question comes, is it really necessary to opt for the virtualization of desktop when local storage seems cost effective and easy. Virtualization reduces many costs which burden IT departments. It is inexpensive and much simpler to deliver helpdesk and support services and there are exceptionally great cost reductions to be gained.

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