Five Tips for Desktop Virtualisation

11/08/2013 By
Five Tips for Desktop Virtualisation

Businesses has continued to focus on virtualisation efforts in their data centres in recent past, more and more IT managers are shifting loyalties to virtualisation of the desktops used for their businesses. It is also used to localize with virtual machines that run on each desktop which are tailored to the specific needs of the users.

Here are five tips for your desktop virtualisation which will enable you to be sure about the choice you have made: 

1. Data Sharing

Ensure that the vast majority of applications that are running on your desktops require data sharing or identical. It is important to approach desktop virtualisation as the application in question can run centrally from the server. It should also store and share all data created between several users. In case end users need access to operating system, localized desktop virtualisation proves to be more useful. 

2. Virtual Desktop Interface

Be sure if your staff needs remote access to their desktops by using their own devices. Again, in such instances, it is ideal to have a centralized Virtual Desktop Interface (VDI) deployment of desktop virtualisation. This will help users access their virtual desktops from Internet connected devices from anywhere irrespective of the location.

3. Handling Traffic

Your network should be able to handle the traffic that a VDI environment generates. VDI installations depend on the network that supports the association between the servers and the desktop. Therefore, the performance of the network should be of high intensity in order to minimize the desktop refresh lag. It is known that the workload changes throughout a working day, making it even more essential. Good feed backs from user experiences are highly expected if the virtual desktops are used and adopted throughout your business. While Excel sheets do not use up a lot of bandwith, 3-dimensional CAD drawings tend to use up much more in comparison. These features in graphical presentation make huge difference now that it is the image production as the “application” navigates the network. In this context, you would also want to try to comprehend the network workload in relation to the weighted averages versus the actual peaks.

4. Licenses

Ensure that all the appropriate licenses are in place in order to legally run the virtual desktop environment. Cross check with the vendors regarding each application that is supposed to run on each virtual desktop, such that the correct license is in the proper place.

5. Management of the Virtualised Desktops

Make a plan regarding the management of the virtual desktop environment for your business. Management of the desktop virtualisation options is one of the major issues of concern. Management and support applications provide a reliable platform here, like Dell’s KACE. These are available in virtual as well as physical factors, and provide IT managers with a wide range of deployment options. These options allow them to influence the investments in VMware Infrastructure. Many organizations set up the server environment and get ready to leverage that infrastructure via VDI, to the end users. The key costs should be considered as well by the IT companies, such that the savings are quickly added up.
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