Virtualization and the Cloud have become buzzwords in today’s business world. We hear about them frequently but not understand their true meaning or what they have to offer.
Virtualization occurs when all of your programs, apps, and files are stored on a server but are available from other devices. Computers or mobile devices with access to the internet can be used to access your collection of information. The servers and data centers that store this are commonly referred to as the Cloud. These servers can be onsite or reside in a data center. If your company owns the equipment, it is a private cloud. Since it is not necessary for the hardware to be in close proximity, many find it beneficial to use a Cloud Service Provider (CSP). A CSP will purchase and maintain the hardware necessary to virtualize your environment and the product is a hosted virtual desktop. This is known as a public cloud. The word public is a bit deceiving in this reference. the public does not have access to any of your data. It simply means that the hardware is owned by someone other than your business.
A virtual desktop is used to access these servers. A virtual desktop can use any OS you prefer and will look and operate just like a typical desktop. You can access your desktop anytime, anywhere, and from any computer with internet access. You will always see the same interface.
This is a broad overview of virtualization. We will discuss specific topics in depth in future blogs. If you have any questions about our hosted virtual desktops, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.