Our World of Virtualization

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IT management costs can definitely be a budget killer. Average maintenance per PC estimates around 300 US dollars per year. Multiply that times each office PC, and this can be a serious problem. Then factor in the constant need for IT to address each pesky application failure and incompatibility. For these reasons, virtualization is something you will never regret.

Advantages of Virtualization

  • Avoid conflict between applications; versions of browsers will exist in the same virtual file.
  • Save time by keeping all applications running simultaneously.
  • Virtual applications can be run in several different modalities, and will store changes as needed.
  • Decrease the need for IT department to update applications.
  • Employees can quickly and easily transport applications.
  • When applications expire, IT can automatically deactivate within compliance dates.

Best practices when looking for virtualization solutions

  • Speed with the tap of a button
  • Access to all applications on a workstation
  • Support for different versions of the same operating system
  • Ability to group all applications into one file
  • Ability to end the life of an application
  • Independence from infrastructures
  • User friendly with customizable options

Application of the applications: a case study

The Aix-en-Provence city council had over 2,500 users mostly linked by fiber optic cable. IT’s responsibility stretched thin as each department was basically ran as a separate entity. Applications changed frequently to require constant updates and management. Malfunctions and incompatibility were a daily norm. Insert the virtualized workstation! In late 2011, the city began using an application solution. With virtualization, tasks that had previously and laboriously stretched over weeks, now extended the meager length of less than a day. The moral of the story? You can’t afford not to virtualize your workstations!