Desktop Transformation: Start Right, to End Right
A FOCUS White Paper
The definition of a “desktop” has changed, with a plethora of new devices, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) strategies, desktop and application virtualization architectures, Windows upgrades, and consumerization of IT all driving a major transformation. Desktop and application virtualization solutions and best practices have matured and are now gaining traction, with many projects succeeding where past efforts had failed. However, you may continue to struggle with time-consuming, costly support and upgrade issues, and now face BYOD challenges, while users clamor for increased mobility, new device support, and an increasing range of requirements. Knowing your user base and their range of requirements is the first step towards successful transformation.
In order to meet the wide range of user requirements, most organizations will require a combination of technologies and vendors. Successful transformation will involve more than VDI, with combinations of VDI and hosted/published desktops and applications, and layering of application virtualization, and personalization as part of the mix. In addition, most organizations will likely be a hybrid environment in terms of vendors, combining solutions from VMware, Citrix, Microsoft and others.
With many of the barriers of the past eliminated, re-evaluating desktop strategies today can bring huge benefits. If done well, centralizing and modernizing desktops and applications can dramatically reduce desktop management and support costs AND improve user satisfaction. The caveat is that if done badly, it can drive up the cost per desktop AND make for very unhappy users. However, by carefully planning, implementing and managing a well-thought-out desktop transformation strategy, you can provide cost-effective, secure desktop and application access from any device, anywhere.
Leveraging the best of today’s technologies, learning from mistakes of the past, and paying attention to the considerations and recommendations described in this white paper can help ensure your successful desktop transformation, and help you start right to end right. Download the “Desktop Transformation: Start Right, to End Right” white paper today to learn more.
About the Author
Founder, President and Chief Analyst at Focus, LLC a research, analyst and consulting firm focused on transformational technologies in virtualization, cloud computing, systems and storage. Barb is a well-known industry expert, frequent keynote speaker, author, and columnist on virtualization, systems management, and storage, with over 30 years’ experience in various senior management, technical, marketing, sales and industry analyst positions with IBM, StorageTek, Novell, Enterprise Management Associates and other successful startup ventures.