Since virtualization was first offered on mainframes over three decades ago, the challenge of optimal storage management has been one of the most significant ones for those who need to deliver performance, availability and manageability for their infrastructure and applications.
Simple administration, flexible business processes, low operating and maintenance costs - virtualization seems to offer it all. But even virtualized environments don't manage themselves - there is still a need for a structured approach to Client Lifecycle Management.
Organizations all over the world have deployed different virtualization technologies to drive efficiencies in IT data center operations. Virtualization software frees operating systems from underlying computer hardware, so one physical server can host multiple operating systems, multiple versions of those operating systems, map to limitless external data stores and offer an endless variety of applications.
Desktop management is becoming more and more challenging. Today employees are far more tech-savvy than they were just a few years ago. This has led to greater productivity, but also increased the demands on technology.
Virtualization has been around for a while, and the business case for virtualizing IT resources has been clearly established; ranging from improving performance to enhancing scalability to better system utilization.
Whether you call it desktop virtualization, client virtualization, or that new device that the IT department just installed, as virtualizing desktops rises in prominence, their implementation is often at the expense of existing personal computer installations.
We have become accustomed to virtualizing and buying servers with hypervisors already installed, but why would we want hypervisors on our client machines? Are we just adding another component that needs to be managed?
Today there are several driving forces creating new opportunities for enhanced management and automation in virtual data centers. The vital need to increase internal responsiveness, meet rigorous compliance requirements and ensure virtualization continues to deliver on its cost-cutting promise is driving IT to look at configuration management and automation processes and tools for their virtual data centers.