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Virtualisation promises mobility, security and savings

Quoting from m-net

Delegates at the Government Insights conference were today told that Virtualisation would increase their desktop life cycle, reduce server upgrades, protect intellectual property and, above all, increase user satisfaction.

Damian Harvey from Sun Microsystems was just one of a score of presenters at the Wellington conference, sub-titled ‘Blueprint for the Next Decade'. A Desktop Mobility Practise Manager, Harvey explained that Virtualisation meant each worker would connect to a central server that contained all applications and all data they needed or produced. The benefits were numerous he said, especially in the event of major or minor disasters.

"Because all the data a user creates is instantly added to the server, the theft of a laptop or even a major natural disaster will not affect that."

He told delegates that currently, day to day information and applications used in most workplaces remain on the individual worker's desktop, which had real implications for the workforce if something goes wrong and means they are unable to work from home as effectively. But with Virtualisation all information is held in a data centre, meaning workers can access information and applications from anywhere on the planet.

"The technology is already here," he said, "it's just a matter of gluing it together."

This technology will free users from specific applications "it's not about Windows or Linux, it's about delivering any application at all."

He added that a major saving came from better use of expensive CPUs: "Computing power will come from the data centre, not the desktop."

It would also reduce the effects of viruses, and the amount of work computer techs spend solving desktop problems. This frees them up for training or fine tuning of systems.

The mobility gains are substantial, he added, as information is tied to the user ID, not the hardware and meant access could be made anywhere in the world. This could be achieved from a personal device or a public one, and could be conducted inside or outside a firewall.

Virtualisation means users are no longer bound to the vendor, he said, which passes the power back to the user.

Read the original, here.

Published Thursday, September 21, 2006 9:21 AM by David Marshall
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