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Much like server virtualization, virtualizing desktops involves separating the physical location of a client device from its logical interface. In practical terms, desktop virtualization allows end users to access all of their data and applications without being tied down to a specific hardware device. It also allows IT departments to reduce management and support costs, along with capital expenses for desktop hardware. Yet while desktop virtualization has been around for some time, the incentive to adopt it has only grown compelling relatively recently, as the proliferation of desktop devices, applications, and data - along with the computing demands of a remote and often far-flung workforce - have driven IT departments to seek more effective ways of managing desktop computing resources.
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