Friday, 31 December 2010

Why Desktop Virtualisation must be a Key Priority in 2011

A Happy New Year to all our readers from the Alpha Data management and staff teams!

It is the time when we don’t just set ourselves the personal resolutions but also look forward to building on the successes of the previous year’s business and righting the wrongs of least productive activities of the next 12 months. Being in based in the UAE then 1 January is also the beginning of the new fiscal year and so at Alpha, we are confident, that our new business and marketing plans will addressing new services, products and in many ways fundamental shifts that are necessary to stay relevant to the market and technology trends (of more in later blogs).

To kick off 2011, we wanted to draw attention to some of the key trends we feel will be relevant to IT managers, CIOs and administrators in the coming 12 months with a look at desktop virtualisation; the hottest trend since the onset of server virtualisation, desktop virtualisation holds the promise of enabling any user to have their desktop anytime, anywhere, on any device – including mobile devices — without compromising on the user experience.

Cost Savings
With budgetary pressures taking centre stage, and with end-user environments representing a most significant source of cost, IT organisations can expect a higher impact and return on investment by seeking solutions that offer greater operational efficiency; from a corporate perspective, desktop virtualisation dramatically lowers TCO as well as power requirements.

Agility
The harsh reality of business today is that in order to survice, organizations must become adept at adjusting with rapidly fluctuating markets, a more fluid customer base and rapidly evolving employee requirements. Enterprise IT teams need to be able to deploy and make adjustments more quickly than ever and virtualisation has the potential to provide that speed.
                                                                                                                                       
IT Process and Resource Optimisation
Virtualisation of the infrastructure is an enabler to enhancing IT processes and resource optimisation. Budgets and employee counts are continuing to decline but many CIOs and IT leaders are viewing this trend as an opportunity to review, re-build, and improve their operations.   CIOs and IT leaders are working with their partners to find outsourcing solutions along with virtualisation solutions that will assist in effectively revamping and streamlining their processes, along with freeing up the critical resources to focus on more business strategic initiatives. Be it an application, desktop virtualisation or a complete cloud computing initiative, each one provides clear strategic advantages to both process and resource optimisation.

Positioning for internal or external Cloud-Based Solutions
As with any technology considered, CIOs must extend their viewpoint beyond the present horizon and position and seek a more strategic long-term value for the organisation’s technology future.  Desktop Virtualisation is one of those unique technologies that provides immediate advantages but also positions the organisation to reap significant benefits in the future.  Not every organisation will realise benefits of a fully implemented cloud-based environment, but portions of a proper virtualisation model will undoubtedly place the organisation one step closer to developing a realistic cloud computing strategy.

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