Desktop and application virtualization technologies have transformed how IT teams deliver services to business users. A number of vendors now offer software that supports both desktop and application virtualization. Before choosing one of these systems, IT decision-makers should understand what desktop and app virtualization offer and how each technology can benefit their organizations. They should also familiarize themselves with the various use cases to get a better sense of how they can fully realize the benefits.
Desktop virtualization refers to the process of providing users with desktop services that are abstracted from the underlying host system. Users interact with the desktop’s OS and installed applications just like they would on a traditional PC. They can launch applications, open files, resize windows, edit documents and more. Virtualized desktops can be client based or host based. Client-based virtual desktops run locally on the user’s computer and commonly rely on hypervisor software. The hypervisor can host one or more virtual machines (VMs), each supporting its own desktop separate from the underlying system. IT can also deliver virtual desktops by streaming the OS image from a remote server to the user’s computer.
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