3 reasons why SMBs want workspace virtualization

Posted by Manny Veiga on Feb 24, 2014 11:10:00 AM

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The time savings businesses have realized through server virtualization is one of the reasons why these same companies are thinking about virtualizing the rest of the workplace, according to one new report.

BusinessNewsDaily wrote that "workspace virtualization" - which involves virtualizing not only desktops, but also all other devices in an office - might soon take off because companies, especially SMBs, want to deliver their employees cutting-edge technology at a reasonable cost that doesn't strain their IT department.time and money savings

What three big benefits can SMBs enjoy through workspace virtualization?

  1. Better IT experience for employees: Experts quoted by BusinessNewsDaily described a future in which workers could begin a session on one device at work and finish that same session on a separate device at home, without any change in experience. That's a reality today in some hospitals and clinics nationwide, Boice.net network engineer Joe Stone told the news source. This type of connectivity leads to a more productive workforce that's more satisfied with the IT tools at its fingertips. 
  2. Reduced strain for IT professionals: Virtualization can simplify IT management for a company's internal techs or for an MSP tasked with managing IT for a client. It saves time from individual device management and personalization and might even simplify system migrations - Sean Donahue of IT solutions provider RES Software provided the upcoming Windows XP end-of-support deadline as an example of a major OS migration that might be made easier through virtualization.
  3. Improved ROI through centralization: This is a benefit that should be familiar to any MSP who has vouched for server virtualization with a client. Workspace virtualization could allow for cost-saving device standardization, centralization, and reduced overhead, experts told BusinessNewsDaily.
VMware, already the leading provider in server virtualization with its vSphere Hypervisor holding about 56 percent of the market according to NASDAQ, is advocating desktop virtualization as the next logical investment for businesses after server virtualization.
A recent VMware infographic compared the time-to-manage and ROI of its Horizon View virtual desktop product against traditional PCs, showing traditional PCs can experience more than 18 hours of downtime annually, compared to fewer than two hours annually for Horizon View desktops.
Not surprisingly, the infographic also pointed out the the cost comparison is dramatic between these two options, with virtualization often taking up a fraction of the budget compared to traditional PCs. 

Of course, businesses - and the channel for that matter - now have more options on the server virtualization front. NASDAQ reported that since launching in 2008, Microsoft's Hyper-V has grown from 20 percent to 28 percent of the market in 2013, gaining steam mostly because Hyper-V is available for free to customers who buy other Microsoft products like System Center.
As Hyper-V continues to grow into a major player in the market, you can expect to see more channel solution providers and vendors start to offer support for this virtualization platform. That could enable you to offer a more diverse array of virtualization solutions for SMB customers clamoring for the technology.
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