With the rise in mobility, BYOD practices (Bring Your Own Device), remote working and digital workspaces, desktop virtualization is a major point of reflection for computer decision-makers. In 2017, 80% of desktops are heavy clients. The conclusion is that organizations aren’t ready or aren’t convinced by this technology. Yet the advantages are numerous: reduction to ownership costs, automatization, simplification of maintenance, etc. Of course, VDI has underwhelmed for a long time because performance wasn’t always up to speed. Failing any real innovation, many IT departments gave up on VDI projects. Since then, Cloud Computing has allowed us to go further, and Wisper has completely reinvented VDI by developing VDe. So, in 2017, can you still ignore desktop virtualization?
The main advantages to desktop virtualization
Desktop virtualization has numerous advantages, with the biggest ones being:
- Greatly facilitated deployments: In the context of deploying a stock of computers, the IT department has to mobilize several resources: tools to deploy operating systems, technicians to install the terminals, etc. All this, of course, takes time and costs the company a lot of money. Desktop virtualization helps to rationalize the use of these resources: one the access points are plugged in and installed, you’re only a few clicks away from deploying the master images to a user group, a department, a new site or even the entire company with sites all over the country!
- Simple, risk-free migrations and updates: Need to migrate your computer stock from Windows 7 to Windows 10? With VDI, you just need to update your master image(s) with the Windows 10 OS so all your users can use it. The same goes for software updates. Are your users escalating technical problems after the last update? No stress! With a few clicks, you can backtrack and reschedule your update.
- Centralized maintenance and administration: You can manage all your desktops from one place, usually from an administration dashboard. In a blink, you’ll have an overview of all your terminals, even if they’re located on the other side of the world. You’ll have access to all the important information (bandwidth consumption, CPU usage, etc.). If needed, you can connect to the user’s computer to do a fix. You can also start up and shut down your desktops remotely and even schedule these actions.
- Significantly lower ownership costs: Less maintenance, reduced energy consumption, longer lifespan, and so on: desktop virtualization will lower your total cost of ownership (TCO) per terminal by more than 40%. Since IT department budgets won’t go up (at least per computer), VDI is often attractive to financial managers.
Of course, there are many other advantages, but I think I’ve listed the biggest ones here. As I said at the beginning of the article, VDI showed up with lots of fanfare, but performance didn’t always meet expectations, users weren’t satisfied, and VDI didn’t manage to win over all IT departments. But this is all in the past, and now, desktop virtualization has changed a lot, or at least it has at Wisper.
The ceBox solution revolutionizes end-to-end management
In 2016 at Wisper, we launched the ceBox solution, and instilled the notion of Vde (Virtual Desktop Embedded). This solution immediately won over our IT decision-makers. It operation is simple: we combine local processing with Cloud Computing to allow for centralized desktop management will offering all the performance of a thick client to users.
Result: satisfied users, simple and multi-site desktop management for IT departments, savings for companies and reduced energy consumption by computers, which is perfect to include an IT project as part of your company’s RSE policy.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the most important points of the ceBox solution:
- Local processing for unparalleled performance: the ceBox solution is installed as close to the users as possible. Say goodbye to display forwarding, since virtual machines are run on Intel NUC kits and directly use the kit’s graphics card rather than a virtual graphics card. This feature allows for the same performance as a thick client: 3D, HD video, etc. Moreover, Intel NUC is recognized for its performance, lifespan and low energy consumption. Intel NUC is equipped with an SSD drive, the latest generation of Intel processors (i3, i5 or i7) and 4 to 16 GB of RAM.
- No server infrastructure: since virtual machines are run directly on Intel NUC kits (which are actually mini-hypervisors), the IT department no longer has to manager server farms, which takes a lot of time in terms of maintenance and administration, and is costly in terms of licensing and hardware equipment. Also, you no longer have to depend on your network connection, because unlike traditional VDI, there’s no need to resize your network!
- Cloud Computing for multi-site management: make no mistake, there’s no VM and no data in the Wisper Cloud! The Wisper Cloud lets you manage your computers centrally and manage your images so you can deploy them and update them at all sites, wherever they may be (an image is actually an OS, such as Windows 10, and your software, like Microsoft Office, Photoshop, Adobe Reader, etc.). Your data stays stored on your file servers.
- A centralized administration dashboard: the ceBox administration dashboard is intuitive and lets you manage all your PC stock centrally. You can manage all your sites, even if they’re located on different continents. You can fully manage a terminal or even a group of terminals, and thus: shut down, start up, update, change images (OS, applications, etc.), connect remotely (VNC), etc. Here’s a screenshot of the ceBox dashboard:
If you want to find out more about the ceBox solution, click here.
Can you do without desktop virtualization?
This is the question that many IT managers ask during their reflection phase: can you just do without desktop virtualization? The answer is yes, just like you can do without Cloud Computing, Big Data, SaaS, a CRM or any collaborative tools, and so on.
A better question would rather be: Wil I be able to do without it for much longer? Here, the answer is no! You won’t be able to ask your teams to spend as much time on managing computer terminals, using as many means in traveling to the sites, deploying a stock of computer or updating, etc.
IT department have many challenges in the future, and today they have to provide many services to users, services with real added value to let companies make their IT systems a competitive advantage and a significant lever in their digital transformation!
Want to find out how ceBox can revolutionize your desktop management? Click here to get a free customized demonstration.