Cities, conurbations, greater regions, regional councils, departmental councils and many other public organization are trying to optimize the management of their computer stocks. The goal is to improve performance, optimize costs, facilitate management and to have greater and greater flexibility in management. So then, how can virtualization help public institutions optimize their end-to-end management?
Public institutions are in charge of many different establishments: regional councils, departmental councils, city halls, libraries and media centers, schools and universities, and so on. All these sites require good server infrastructures: file servers, directors (Active Directory or LDAP), DNS servers, DHCP, application servers, and so on.
They need to efficiently manage their datacenters, otherwise they are exposed to security issues, interruptions to services and even expense problems. Server virtualization precisely allows them to efficiently manage their datacenters and various departments.
Among the main advantages of server virtualization is they it can gather together several underused physical servers onto a single physical server that runs several virtual servers. This facilitates the management of these virtual servers and optimizes DRP/BCP plans. Server virtualization also helps to make significant savings is surface areas from top to bottom in server rooms, but also significant financial savings: reduced electricity consumption and less maintenance by IT staff.
Server virtualization also helps to improve the security of data, which is sometimes sensitive in public institutions. Indeed, without virtualization, it is common to use a single server to host several services, but if one of the services is contaminated by malware, all services are in danger. Virtualization helps to separate each service onto a host OS, so they are completely independent and isolated within the stock of computers.
If you want to facilitate your end-to-end management, especially management of user terminals, the approach consists of industrializing the management of your terminals. Indeed, a computer is often similar to the one next to it, so the administrative needs are often the same: word processing, tables, ERP, telephoning and other specific software.
Since lots of terminals are similar, or even identical, managing them separately means wasting lots of time and therefore money. This is where desktop virtualization makes perfect sense: you create a PC template with your Windows or Linux operating system, add your applications, then clone them as many times as you want. That way, by only managing a single master terminal, you can manage dozens, hundreds or even thousands of terminals.
There are numerous advantages to this:
- Your computer stock will be homogenous: simplified management and increased security
- Facilitated updating: in case of a migration from Windows 7 to Windows 10, or even a software update, you just need to prepare a new version of the master PC, then deploy it to all the rest of the stock.
- Significant savings: replacing bulky PCs with virtual machines, industrializing end-to-end management and the easy of deployment can result in significant savings (financial and in energy).
Of the most well-known providers, we might mention VMWare View, Citrix XenDesktop, and of course, the Wisper solution: ceBox.
ceBox® is the latest innovation in terms of desktop management solutions developed by the publisher Wisper, which is 100% dedicated to desktop virtualization.
So, as we have studied in this article, we can now virtualize virtually all of your computing equipment. There are numerous advantage to this, and every organization can benefit from it. Virtualization can be a perfect part of an innovation project for computer stocks in public institutions.