Friday, August 5, 2011

Oracle Desktop Virtualization

Virtualization technology has never been more important, as organizations seek to better utilize their IT infrastructure and deploy compelling solutions that help them meet business needs and serve key users.

This was made known at the recent concluded Oracle datacenter optimization for mission-critical enterprise computing held in Lagos, by Oracle Nigeria.

Sales Manager, West and Central Africa, Brett Skinner, said that key applications must be available on demand independent of platform, while technology must respond seamlessly to new challenges and improved ways of doing business.

Speaking on desktop virtualization, Henning Botha noted that in addition to technology that virtualizes servers and storage, desktop virtualization can dramatically simplify the ways that interactive desktop environments are managed and delivered to users and employees.

More importantly, he said, desktop virtualization can help enable key business activities through secure mobile access to key applications and information.

He noted that in managing the needs of the datacenter, many IT departments are tasked with deploying and administering hundreds – and sometimes thousands – of individual desktop systems, while adding that consolidation of desktop workloads, requirements in diverse organizations are driving desktop virtualization trends, such as in healthcare, call center operators and governmental organizations.

Not only can desktop virtualization bring about vast savings from consolidation of hardware and management, but it can also act as an effective tool that helps enable flexible, agile, and secure desktop computing access that directly supports the needs of key workers and the business goals of the organization.

He highlighted on the benefits of using Oracle’s desktop virtualization technology such as increase in the flexibility and capabilities of desktop infrastructure which alleviates the challenges related to serving large numbers of users with a variety of requirements.

Others include reliable scalable UNIX/Linux based infrastructure, heterogeneous application support, security focused architectural model, scalability and performance, out of the box operation, ease of integration into customer environment and lower costs.

Botha stated that Oracle offers the industry’s most complete virtualization portfolio that can virtualize and manage the full hardware and software stack – from the desktop to the datacenter.

According to him, “desktop systems are vital to maximizing productivity. Not only is it increasingly critical to get the best utilization possible from all available computing resources, but desktop systems and applications also have a strong bearing on the productivity and effectiveness of key employees – the organization’s most valuable asset”.

He added “Oracle’s desktop virtualization solutions are a part of the company’s full product portfolio that includes software, operating systems, and servers that are optimized to work together. This comprehensive approach helps simplify deployment and increases the likelihood of success for even complex IT projects. Providing varying capabilities, Oracle’s desktop virtualization technologies can be used together or separately to affect better resource utilization and increase management efficiency”.