Isn’t It Time You Hopped on the Virtualization Bandwagon? – UPDATED

Isn’t It Time You Hopped on the Virtualization Bandwagon?

Editor’s note: our virtualization expert Stephen Akuffo weighs in on the Virtual Space Race Study blog series – see his notes below.

You’ve probably researched how virtualization will simplify your IT infrastructure and allow you to do more with less. The benefits of virtualization seem almost too good to pass up: lower costs, less complexity and faster maintenance. Yet, we were surprised to learn that 61% of organizations still virtualize less than half of their IT environments and 46% of organizations still have no hybrid cloud capabilities. So, why hasn’t everyone hopped on the virtualization bandwagon?

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7 Technologies That Make BYOD a Reality

seven technologies to enable a BYOD strategy

Let’s start with the obvious.

There is no silver bullet, one-size-fits-all checklist for creating the perfect Bring Your Own Device strategy. Every organization is completely different.

But it’s not as bad as it sounds. Many of the technologies necessary to support a strategy are probably already in your ecosystem. It’s just a matter of knowing what’s missing, and how to leverage what you’ve already got.

To give you a hand, we’ve assembled seven tools and technologies that make planning and executing your BYOD strategy a reality.

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When Your Desktops Go Virtual, Don’t Forget About Security

The right VDI security achieves the costs and efficiencies your enterprise is looking for.

As server virtualization continues to go mainstream, achieving significant savings by optimizing resource utilization, many organizations are taking the lessons learned and benefits achieved and setting their sights on an even bigger challenge and opportunity: the desktop.

Desktop virtualization – or VDI for short – combines the robust virtualization technology from server virtualization with advanced session management and innovative network protocols to provide a user experience very similar to working on a dedicated desktop PC. But, with server hardware shared by multiple desktops (all completely isolated from each other), overall resource utilization is much more efficient – and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

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BYOC: It’s easier than you think now.

 Important considerations with BYOC strategy

 Employees who are given laptops by their company might use their hardware eight hours a day. The remaining eight hours of awake time, in the evening or on in transit, they might connect to the office to check email or catch up on work they didn’t get a chance to do during the day but realistically they’re going to use it mainly as a personal device – watching YouTube, gaming, surfing, listening to music, writing their long dreamed of novel.

Now an increasing number of IT decision makers are asking: If I’m giving employees a $1,000 laptop or a $500 thin client, and I’ve virtualized my OS, applications and user profiles and they’re all running in my data center instead of locally, why not go a step further? Why offer users the option to buy or bring in their own laptop – HP, Sony, Mac, iPad, whatever they like – and give them an allowance or stipend that represents the 50% time they’ll use the device for company work.

In fact, the Bring Your Own Computer (BYOC) model being considered or adopted by an increasing number of organizations as a way to significantly cut costs. Employees are given a pre-determined amount to buy their own device and often asked to sign up for a maintenance plan with the laptop’s manufacturer – the theory being that if there’s a hardware problem, the hardware company gets a call before the IT help desk. So the organization saves two ways – in terms of capital costs and dependency on IT.

Before you jump into BYOC, it’s a good idea to consider some guidelines: [Read more…]

The 3 Challenges Of The New Desktop Environment

There’s a perfect storm out there and it’s causing a radical change to the desktop environment.

The proof is everywhere. Start with the prominent use of Windows XP, a 10-year- old operating system causing a mass migration to Windows 7. Next is a sea of aging client hardware, remnants of down-economy budget crises.

Combine these pressures with an onslaught of new tablet devices, exploding into the enterprise, and you have all the ingredients for a complete transformation in desktop delivery practices. “It’s truly a paradigm shift,” says Scott Harper, Softchoice’s Director of Business Development. “End users want to have full access to a customized desktop experience, for all business applications, on any device, anytime, anywhere.”

In the face of this evolution, IT leaders are dealing with a number of key considerations. We explore what Scott sees as the top three challenges of the new desktop environment. [Read more…]

Expanding virtualization into the Cloud: Is it time to pop the question?

Let’s face it. You’ve been spending a lot more time with virtualization lately. You weren’t sure how into it you were when you were first introduced. But be honest, now you’re head over heels. You like the way virtualization helps you reduce waste, outages and labor, how scalable it is, how it makes feel when you maximize operating efficiency and performance – and, of course, the way the cost savings from virtualization make you smile.

The two of you have done a lot of exploring and now virtualization is looking for something more. There’s talk of expanding the relationship, of making it official. You’re dreaming of building your organization with virtualization and living happily ever after in your own private Cloud. But something is holding you back. Is it a fear of commitment?

You’re not alone. Some 65% of organizations are in the exploring state but only 30% have made the move to expanding to the Cloud. Like you, many IT professionals worry about the technical challenges of taking that next step. Will you have a free hand when it comes to moving business applications into the virtual realm? How will upping your organization’s virtualization affect performance? Will you lose control as competing departments flex their muscle and demand dedicated servers? What about organizational issues, procedures, red tape?

In short, what if it’s just one big nightmare and you can’t turn back? [Read more…]