Desktop virtualization has the ability to significantly reduce operating expenses and benefits to businesses of all sizes across industries, explains Vishal Khare, director, Enterprise Business and Government, India Sub continent – Citrix.
Acute downward pressure on capital and operational expenditure is now driving adoption of Desktop Virtualization. Desktop virtualization is giving the organisations the ability to extend the life of their devices and delay the refresh cycle.
“Citrix, through its strong ecosystem comprising of partners and vendors along with its breakthrough innovations has managed to make the cost of adoption of desktop virtualization comparable to that of a physical desktop,” Vishal said.
“At Citrix, we embrace workshifting, a term that has been derived from the remarkable potential of Desktop Virtualiztion,” he said adding that workshifting means the business practice of moving work to the optimal place and time.
Benefits of desktop virtualisation
With the adoption of desktop virtualization, employees are beginning to bring their own devices to work, thus increasing productivity and efficiency. With factors such as IT is becoming increasingly consumerized and businesses operating in a heterogeneous mobile environment, CIOs are looking to adopt technologies such as desktop virtualization to maximize the full potential of a consumerized workforce.
As far as the information security is concerned, Citrix believes virtual desktops are a great way to manage and control critical data flows in the organization. This allows data to remain secure in the data centre with no transactions happening at the end point devices.
With regard to mobility, virtual desktops enable remote access of information from any location in a secure manner. Since all the data is moved to a centralized location, it can be delivered to any device at any time. This has been useful with many of Citrix’s banking and pharmaceutical customers.
On the productivity side, Citrix says the flexibility offered by desktop virtualization results in greater productivity as employees enjoy the benefit of working anytime, anywhere, from any place on the device of their choice.
Explaining the demands of CIOs when they select desktop virtualization suppliers, Vishal said enterprises must evaluate multiple criteria before selecting a vendor.
These criteria include ease of deployment, scalability and flexibility. CIOs also prefer vendors who possess capabilities to provide alternative operation models like DaaS as opposed to those who do not offer such models.
Citrix pointed out that it has deployed its XenDesktop across India’s BFSI, Energy & Utilities, Healthcare, Manufacturing and Travel sectors. A few companies that have enhanced mobility, increased employee productivity, increased security with data protection and lowered costs are Wipro, IGate, Polycab Wires, Future Group, Thermax and Ratnakar Bank to name a few.
Citrix claimed it has over 3500 customers in India using XenDesktop. HDFC Bank, Thane Ratnakar Bank, Future group, Essar group, Thermax, Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, Wonder Cement, The Sona Group and Fareportal are some of them.