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Virtualization is an Ideal Fit for the New Anywhere, Anytime Business Model

September 09, 2014

There has been a lot of talk recently about the steady shift in the way business is being conducted. Organizations, and their workers, understand that conducting business in a giant central office housing all employees and equipment is neither efficient, practical nor cost effective. A new paradigm of anywhere and anytime business driven by advances in mobility, real-time communications and the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend is quickly becoming the norm, and companies are employing new types of tools to enable this trend.

Virtualization, the ability to deliver corporate desktops and workspaces to a variety of mobile and remote devices, is an invaluable tool in supporting this shift in business. NComputing specializes in end-to-end client virtualization solutions and serves a number of vertical markets like education, healthcare, manufacturing and the government. According to Dave Burton, vice president of global marketing and Brian Duckering, senior director of product marketing, virtualization is a good fit for pretty much every vertical market.

The technology also works exceptionally well for real-time communications, conferencing, collaboration and other resource intensive applications. These types of solutions traditionally required distributed, local computing, which is prohibitively expensive. Virtualization centralizes these processes while offering a high-quality user experience, at a much lower price point and without dedicated IT resources required to manage myriad endpoints.

Since virtualization, by its nature, helps reduce operating costs and simplifies the management and support processes for users, it fits well in a variety of markets and usage scenarios. And as NComputing explained, education and healthcare have above average numbers of systems that need to be accessible to a wide range of locations and a broad and fluctuating number of user groups. Virtualization is an ideal fit, and offers many advantages over using distributed PCs.

“With distributed PCs, it is much more difficult to maintain data security, as is critical in healthcare environments, and it can be far more costly to support and maintain when desk side visits are required to evaluate and repair systems,” said Burton. “Note that for both healthcare and education, there are use cases for both BYOD and fixed assets. For example, doctors with their own iPads working across multiple hospitals, and students that bring a variety of devices into classrooms both need controlled access to files and applications essential to performing their work in those environments.”

Duckering added that one of the main challenges of BYOD is the sheer number and variety of endpoint devices and the inherent challenge in managing them. He pointed out that it is simply impractical to try to control the devices themselves, but the process of centralizing critical applications and data and making them virtually available is a much better strategy.

“The part of this equation that has been difficult for many vendors is providing a device-appropriate environment, which has resulted in many ineffective attempts to deliver whole Windows desktops to tablets,” said Duckering. NComputing gets around this with its vSpace virtualization platform, which delivers desktops and unified workspaces as well as on-premises and cloud applications, to a variety of devices. The company utilizes its proprietary UXP protocol to appropriately match content to device, providing scalability, efficiency and operational savings to customers of all sizes. That ability is a major differentiator between NComputing’s platform and traditional thin client solutions, which are often designed to deliver whole desktops, a scenario that is neither efficient nor practical in today’s mobility-driven business world.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

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