Desktop virtualization is a technology that “separates a personal computer (PC) desktop environment from a physical machine using a client–server model of computing.  The model stores the resulting "virtualized" desktop on a remote central server, instead of on the local storage of a remote client; thus, when users work from their remote desktop client, all of the programs, applications, processes, and data used are kept and run centrally. This scenario allows users to access their desktops on any capable device, such as a traditional desktop PC, notebook PC or even on different devices like netbooks, smartphones or thin clients.
The following diagram shows the VMware vSphere & View 4.5 Virtual Desktop Model:






















Why virtualize your desktops?


  1. Make the user experience more consistent for remote or mobile users, regardless of geographic location or the type of device accessing the systems.

  2. Improve overall Security – Keep control of desktops and user data through locked-down virtual machines.  Protect Company resources from data leakage and various threats.  Machines infected with viruses and spyware can be rebuilt instead of cleaned.  Systems can be maintained safely in an offline mode for forensic investigations, or to preserve evidence as needed.

  3. Increase system Availability – Virtual desktops can be quickly provisioned, and offline copies of desktops can be kept current and backed up for quick recovery in the event of a disaster.  Further, virtual desktop systems can take advantage of the high availability functions that come with server virtualization. 

  4. Improve desktop Recovery – Build Windows desktop systems that can be run on many types of hardware/operating systems including “thin clients”, Linux systems, Mac PCs, tablets, and even smart phones.  Desktop recovery can be made much faster by reducing hardware setup time.  IT staff can repair or replace desktops on the fly, thus improving user uptime.

  5. Reduce IT administrative costs by reducing time spent visiting branches to deploy desktop hardware.  VMware provides better management tools to support users across the Bank network.

    • It is estimated that companies spend $3 managing desktops for every $1 spent on desktop hardware.

    • Virtual desktop technology can help reduce TCO.

  6. Virtual desktop systems can be patched or updated with new OS or application software en masse.  And, if a problem is discovered with the new OS or desktop environment, users can be quickly rolled back (individually or in groups) to the previous version of the desktop. 

  7. Save money by extending the useful life of existing hardware, or reduce capital expenditures by purchasing hardware that costs less.  Virtual desktop machines require less processing capacity because the processing is done at the server.


For more information, please contact Eric Kroeger at 219-405-6533.


132 Venturi Drive

Chesterton, Indiana 46304


Eric Kroeger

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