Virtual Desktop Definition
Basic – Cloud Computing
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The Virtual Desktop definition, or cloud desktop, is the following: it’s a virtual environment where the entire desktop operating system with other software applications are encapsulated into a software package and run as an instance on any compatible computer/server using virtual machine software.
You can run multiple virtual desktops on a single physical server and these virtual desktops can be moved from one host server to another as well.
The advantages of desktop virtualization
These are some of the advantages of desktop virtualization.
- Desktop virtualization enables personalized desktop for every user who connects to the server from any device such as thin clients, desktops, or laptops. Since desktop virtualization enables remote access, the users can access personalized data and files from any location.
- At the enterprise level, desktop virtualization is useful as all virtual desktops can be centrally managed and back up. Also, desktop virtualization enables remote working and distance learning as users can log into the desktop from any device and from anywhere.
- In a virtual desktop environment, the hardware including the central processing unit (CPU), memory, and storage are all virtual. Also, the devices that are used to access the virtual desktop are low-cost thin clients that consume low power. Hence, desktop virtualization reduces infrastructure and maintenance costs.
- Virtual desktops can be deployed faster and managed remotely. Hence, there is no need to employ a dedicated person to provide technical support and troubleshoot issues.
- The virtual desktops that are running can be moved from one host server to another. This supports load balancing and increases the resilience of the infrastructure.
- Some virtual desktop providers implement disaster recovery plans through daily snapshots of your data.