Desktop Virtualization: The Future of the Corporate Desktop

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Costs, security and employee motivation on the one hand, and the capabilities of the software on the other: the working environment is a crucial commercial factor for businesses for various reasons. The leaner and more maintenance-free it is, the faster it can act and react in a competitive world. Desktop virtualization makes a complete separation between terminals and applications. This offers many companies the ideal solution for their workstation PCs. The central location of applications and data in the data center, to be retrieved over the network, allows the user to access his or her PC from anywhere. According to Forrester Research, this offers "decisive advantages, including improved security, ease of use and access to desktop applications in a mobile working environment".? The International Data Corporation (IDC) expects virtualized infrastructures to account for more than 10% of the German PC market by 2011.

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