Desktop computer and server virtualization

Virtualization is now a critical component to an overall IT strategy. Computer virtualization offers an amazing opportunity to work more efficiently and contribute to savings in internal infrastructure operating costs. You can run many virtual machines or computers on one single computer hardware and save money on buying additional computer hardware, power and cooling expenses. You can consolidate and virtualize database server, web server, email server and file server into one single machine without performance lost.

With virtualization, it's easily change and scale to support your growing needs in a changing business environment, with benefits including:

  • Affordable business continuity strategies
  • Hihger application availability
  • Ability to respond to changing business needs
  • Business continuity preparedness
  • Lower costs of management, power, repair, and replacement over the extended lifespan
  • Reduces your overall IT TCO
  • Reduces your energy consumption by 30-50% (or more)
  • Reduces equipment investment costs
  • Reduces end-user training costs
  • Reduces IT support costs
  • Reduces network bandwidth usage
  • Reduces data loss by centralizing storage
  • Reduce data theft opportunities
  • Reduces viruses and malware
  • Eliminates the need for remote office servers
  • Eliminates rogue software installations
  • Increases network reliability
  • Increases network performance
  • Increases network scalability
  • Simplifies network management
  • Centralizing storage makes for easy backup and archiving
  • Increases network security
  • Increases network availability using fault tolerance and load balancing
  • Increased hardware lifespan (7-10 years for a thin client compared to 3-4 years for a PC)
  • Adds desktop standardization
  • Adds software license management controls

There are three main components to thin client architecture: 

  1. A server which allows many users to log onto and work concurrently using applications accessible in protected sessions or "sandboxes."
  2. A thin client is used to connect to the server over the network. Some thin clients may only have a flash-memory based web browser installed. A thin client may not have any software installed and these are called "zero clients" or "dump terminals".
  3. A network protocol such as ICA, PCoIP or RDP creates the communication efficiency of thin clients by compressing the data and only using the minimum network resources needed. For the most part only keystrokes and screen refreshes pass over the network drastically reducing the amount of bandwidth necessary.

Thin clients do not have hard drives and therefore cannot save data on the local desktop. However, it should be noted that it is possible for a user with the proper security rights to transfer data to either a USB flash drive or SD card. Again, only if the users server account permits access to those ports otherwise the ports are disabled. 

IT Support Desk provides computer virtualization service for computer systems, applications using forllowing technologies:


VMware is the leading business virtualization infrastructure provider, offering the most trusted and reliable platform for building private clouds and federating to public clouds.

Virtual Box (Free software)

VirtualBox is a general-purpose full virtualizer for x86 hardware, targeted at server, desktop and embedded use.

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