Virtualization

How Desktop Virtualization Can Lower Costs and Raise Productivity

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Executive Summary

Desktop virtualization is quickly gaining traction. It's no wonder given the high cost of maintaining PCs and the popularity of client-server technology. Costs can vary, but one study by a leading industry research group states that the total cost of ownership for a desktop PC is about $5,400 per PC, per year. This figure actually increases as the PC depreciates. Because of the rise in the cost of managing and securing PCs, many companies have searched for alternatives. This often leads them to desktop virtualization and lower-cost hardware options like thin clients. Desktop virtualization is defined as a computing environment in which some or all components of the system, including operating system and applications, reside in a protected environment, isolated from the underlying hardware and software platforms.

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