A Contributed Article by Brian Jensen, Dell.
It probably comes as no surprise to you that an estimated
41% of small and medium sized businesses are dabbling in desktop virtualization
according to a 2009 Yankee Group survey.
If you work at a smaller company, you have probably already sat in
meetings where the topic has been discussed.
Virtualization offers many benefits for businesses of any size and is
growing in popularity as small companies and even the start-up businesses are
realizing the potential that virtualization gives them. This raises the question of what
virtualization will mean for the future of IT.
Virtualization Growing - Creating New IT Solutions
If the continuous release of new desktop virtualization infrastructure
(VDI) platforms from VMware and Citrix is any indication, desktop
virtualization will only continue to pick up momentum. Virtualization companies are releasing VDI
platforms with the capacity of supporting a business with only a few workers or
a major corporation with thousands of employees. One reason that virtualization is growing in
terms of popularity is because of the money and time that companies can save.
VDI companies advertise that businesses and organizations
can cut IT costs as much as 30-50%.
However, this depends on several factors, such as the size of the
company, the costs of a VDI server, and licenses. Smaller businesses may not see a great
financial advantage in switching over to desktop virtualization and IT
professionals at these companies should make sure that they look at all of the
factors before they make the decision. For
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Needs of Mobile Business Community
In the past your IT department only had to be concerned with
the health and function of desktop computers but the development of laptops,
smart phones, and tablets has expanded the responsibilities that you
Madden, a fiercely independent virtualization expert, has discussed this
concept to some extent. His main point
surrounds the idea that we have likely seen our companies grow into a mobile
unit, relying on these independent devices to conduct business. This new mobility allows employees to work
from home, a vacation location, or even while on travel, but also presents new
challenges for IT departments in terms of security. For example, it is estimated that over 12,000
laptops are lost at U.S. airports each week according to the U.S.
Transportation Security Administration.
This creates security nightmares for IT staff for laptops that contain
sensitive information about the company.
One way that you can still exert control over laptops is
with virtualization, which will let you create a virtual image for that laptop
that gives you more control over what the employee can access with it. This is especially helpful as many employees
are beginning to use their own laptops for business use.
Some people will point out the fact that virtualization
needs further development to deal with smart phones and tablets, especially
since more and more employees are choosing to use their own devices and some
companies are encouraging them to do so.
VDI companies are working on solutions but it appears that these
solutions are still in the beginning stages and viable virtualization platforms
for these devices are still a ways from being a reality.
Virtualization IT Solutions
Virtualization has already become the new strategy for many
businesses and therefore, it is important that you educate yourself in the different
facets of this growing technology. As
companies look for ways to cut their budgets, VDI solutions become more
attractive and this means that there will be a growing need for IT's who
While some companies may outsource their IT needs to cloud service
providers, others will retain in house IT departments to manage their
employees' computers and electronic devices.
The trend towards desktop virtualization is slowly changing
the focus and responsibilities of IT professionals. As virtualization technology continues to
evolve, new opportunities will undoubtedly open up in the IT industry while
some of the traditional IT responsibilities may become obsolete as companies
continually search for ways to do more with less.
### About the Author
Brian Jensen works with Dell. In his spare time he enjoys traveling, cooking and
spending time with his family. He has a passion for learning and writing about
all things technology. He is currently researching virtualization and would recommend
visiting dell.com for