White Paper
Endpoint Virtualization Explained: Methods, Benefits, Challenges, and Recommendations for Desktop Virtualization and Application Virtualization
Date: 03/31/2009 Length: 6 pages Cost: $99.00

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ENTERPRISE MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATES® (EMA™) research shows that virtualization is growing at over 20% annually. Over 70% of enterprises with virtualization deployments report achieving real, measurable cost savings from hardware and software consolidation, resource efficiency, improved availability, higher productivity, reduced administration, improved security, risk reduction, and improved agility.

The mainstream focus on server virtualization has obscured other technologies like desktop virtualization and application virtualization (‘endpoint virtualization’), a set of mature technologies that have been available for a decade or more. Today, millions of people – and almost 60% of virtualized enterprises – are using desktop virtualization and application virtualization solutions from vendors like Symantec, Citrix, and Microsoft.

This EMA white paper discusses the many benefits of endpoint virtualization, and explains the various available endpoint virtualization technologies – including remote (server-hosted) desktop virtualization, local (client-hosted) desktop virtualization, VDI or VM-based hosted desktops, blade-based computing, terminal services, application virtualization, application streaming, virtual profile management, local OS, client hypervisors. It highlights key pros and cons, as well as the typical use cases for each approach. Finally, it provides recommendations on how to choose an endpoint virtualization approach, and advice on how best to adapt to the new management opportunities and challenges introduced by endpoint virtualization.

EMA Staff

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