One of the major components of a cloud computing environment is, without a doubt, virtualization. Virtualization enables the cloud to provide virtualized servers to clients via the cloud, without having to rely on specific, individualized physical servers.
The cloud offers a number of advantages, of course, not the least of which is higher availability and increased efficiency. The challenge is providing access to necessary applications via divergent devices in geographically divergent locations, while maintaining high data integrity and synchronicity.
Part of the challenge of using cloud computing to provide flexible access is that users prefer fat applications for many tasks. Google Docs might be very useful and able to replace MS Office in some instances, but it’s not likely it will truly overtake the fat applications market share.
So, what do organizations who are dedicated to providing cloud computing solutions to divergent users do? One thing they’ve done is to turn to desktop virtualization tools and run them via the cloud.
Virtual desktops solve one of the biggest IT problems: the effective management and securing of corporate desktops. Managing a company’s set of virtual desktops is much less unwieldy than managing physical desktops, especially when those desktops are distributed around the world.
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