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Part 2- Top 10 Uses For Virtualization For Small Businesses

Top 10 Uses For VirtualizationIn the IT world we keep hearing about the cloud and virtualization as the method to create the cloud, connect the clouds.   This is Part 2 of the 2 Part series as laid out in  Top 10 uses for Virtualization,  by Dell in “The Many Applications of Virtualization” and why it’s important to your business. Part 1 of 10 Uses For Virtualization covered uses 1-5. Below wraps up uses 6-10 and the business benefit of that use.

6. Lab automation software is the part of virtualization that essentially allows you to capture the state of a system or an application.  An IT person can then duplicate it, multiple times if needed (re-provisioning), without really consuming a lot of extra resources. An example of this is adding new user profile and settings.

The business benefit: More efficient and agile IT team.

7.  Security with virtual machines is inherently better and has more options than physical systems. For example, with virtualization, you have a new layer in the data center that sits in between your physical hardware and software. In that layer you can tap in with security tools and see what’s happening with antivirus checking or intrusion detection checking or things of that nature.

The business benefit: Less security breaches and a more efficient IT team. Since the IT person can look across the entire IT system at the same time.

8. Virtual Desktops-We’ve covered this subject and the many benefits to a business in Desktop Virtualization Simplified blog post.

9.  IT as a service, or cloud computing, allows IT companies like Sun Digital to fix IT problems much faster than before by fixing IT the problem in the cloud vs. on-site.

The business benefit: Quicker IT resolution of problem(s) and less downtime.

10. Acts as a bridge to externally provide services or clouds. As you go virtual internally, it becomes much easier to link up to an external cloud and essentially share resources between them. An example of this is “renting” space in a data center that offers disaster recovery services.

The business benefit: Avoiding costly and complex disaster recovery solutions.

This finalizes the Top 10 Uses For Virtualization. Let us know how you are using virtualization solutions at your Florida business. If you need help creating your Cloud, Sun Digital has helped businesses in Ocala, Gainesville and all over Central Florida, cut IT cost and become more efficient with Virtualization.

Desktop Virtualization – Simplified For Florida Businesses!

Desktop Virtualization WorkflowMany times when people hear the words virtualization, desktop virtualization, cloud, or applications in the cloud, they tune out because they think the concept is too technically complex to grasp. Most of us understand how the computer on your desk works. You login and like “magic” all of your documents, applications and email are there waiting for you. From an end user perspective the only difference between a traditional desktop and a virtual desktop is where you can login from!  With a Desktop Virtualization solution, users can log in from anywhere; home, on the road or at the beach, pretty simple right!.

From an IT (information technology) perspective, the virtualized desktops are stored on a centrally located remote server rather than locally on the desktop machine itself.  All users can then connect to the central machine by a proprietary LAN (local area network), WAN (wide area network) or the internet.

For an IT person desktop virtualization is an ideal system to administer, in 3 ways:

  1. User security profiles can be administered from a central point.
  2. Application patches and versions can be centrally maintained.
  3. All data can be backed up automatically and from one central point.

Desktop virtualization is an ideal solution for businesses with branch offices, production centers, supply chain partners or field sales/representatives.

Sun Digital is helping businesses in the Ocala, Gainesville and Central Florida area to become more efficient and cut operating cost with virtualization and cloud solutions. Sun Digital can help you demystify the “cloud” and find the right solution for your business.

5 Things Not To Do When Implementing Desktop Virtualization-Part 1

End user adoption is a key aspect of rolling out any new IT system, product, software or gadget! Desktop virtualization and moving your company into the “cloud” has a tremendous benefit to your business but not implementing it with the end user in mind can be disastrous.  This 2 part series will explore the 5 most common mistakes made when implementing a virtualization solution, as  highlighted in Dell’s eGuide An Expert Guide To Desktop Virtualization Implementation along with the advice we give our clients.

Mistake 1: Take away the “nonessential” stuff users do.

Some business managers believe that they can save money by eliminating the users ability to do things that they may deem as “work distractions. Locking users out from being able to install applications like instant messaging,  or to watch videos or even listen to CD’s, can really anger the user.

You may believe that eliminating these “distractions” will make them more productive, instead this could backfire on you.  Consider implementing a company policy instead.

Mistake 2: Make it take longer to connect or start up.

Take into account the end users process for connecting to frequently used programs like Outlook.  You don’t want to make something that was a 2 step process of logon on the desktop and click on the icon into a 3, 4, or 5 step process.

Ask yourself “How will it work in the new virtual desktop environment? How long will it take users to get to their frequently used applications?” For example, will the user have to logon to the new thin client, then click on a browser, then enter your site, then enter his credentials (again), then wait for authentication,  then click the Outlook icon and finally Outlook opens. You just took a 2 step process and made it a frustrating 5 step process.  Take the time to visually map out end user processes and understand their threshold for additional steps that may be needed.

We will explore mistakes 3-5 in our next blog post. The benefits of desktop virtualization are widely agreed upon but your success in recognizing all of the benefits will be how your implement your virtualization solution.  Sun Digital, is helping businesses in the Ocala, Gainesville and Central Florida area successfully choose and implement the right virtualization solution for them.

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