What is a Virtual Desktop?
A virtual desktop is the interface on an individual user’s computer screen that’s actually stored on a remote server rather than locally on the user’s computer. Simply put, the user’s computer acts as a “window” into an operating system that’s actually stored elsewhere.
Users access these virtual desktops using their existing PCs. This not only eliminates the need for workstation hardware upgrades, but also enables the user to switch between operating environments.
Other Virtual Desktop benefits include:
- Virtual Desktop renders administrative and management tasks much easier, because every attached workstation can use the same image (the operating system as well as the installed applications).
- Having each user utilize the same image reduces administrative and support costs.
- There’s no need to upgrade numerous PCs to meet the new operating systems minimum hardware requirements.
- Hardware costs can be more easily managed, since almost everything will reside in the data center.
- Install applications, patches, and drivers once, and every user relying on that image benefits from the update.
- Problems can generally be resolved from within the data center; there’s no need to run out to the actual PCs. When you encounter problems, you’ll generally have just one system to troubleshoot.