Operational Aspects of Desktop Virtualization

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Executive Summary

VMware View is an ideal solution for deployment of virtual desktop systems for a large organization. It fulfills the basic requirements of a large scale business for centralized desktop management solution which can be flexible enough to deliver personalized, rich virtual desktop system for any device or application. The product promises to revolutionize the management of desktop operating systems in any organization. Issues of disaster recovery planning, confidentiality and integrity of data, and surety measures for loss or theft of information from local devices are efficiently taken care of. VMware has recently published a guide for desktop architects and administrators on implementation and deployment of the View. The paper gives the user a guide on the assessment of operational impact involved in deployment of View and also enables the user to re-evaluate the current desktop management processes in your organization. It also provides valuable information regarding endpoint security. Information security has become of paramount importance to all business owners and IT managers today. The challenges surrounding information security has also become more complex because of the increase in mobile computing systems (laptops). The paper will help the user understand how deployment of a virtual desktop system can take care of security issues in your organization. It also guides the readers in desktop patch management (challenges faced and solutions), application and image management, data protection and disaster recovery planning and desktop helpdesk and support.

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