The traditional environment that requires corporate employees to work in-house to access the network or any supported applications is changing. The introduction of the virtual desktop has provided the enterprise and its employees with considerable flexibility, allowing for the extension of mobility and the increase in productivity as enabled by a data center connect solution.
A recent Alcatel-Lucent (News - Alert) white paper, Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise Virtual Desktop Solution, examines the extended opportunities afforded in the virtual desktop, highlighting the increase in productivity for IT teams as the way they configure and deploy endpoint devices has been completely transformed. At the same time, users get easy access to endpoint devices and support on applications from any location.
Now, the enterprise partnering with Alcatel-Lucent can enjoy added value as the company has partnered with Citrix in the delivery of a new and improved virtual desktop strategy. This end-to-end desktop virtualization solution is designed to make it not only easier, but also more cost-effective for businesses to deploy high-definition applications and virtual desktops to users regardless of their location. When delivered in the typical enterprise network environment, the combined solution enables the creation of secure and reliable virtual desktops.
In a nutshell, the virtualization of the desktop allows for the optimization of applications, desktops and even data. It addresses the new challenges surrounding PC configuration and deployment. Desktop virtualization has also been shown to help increase productivity across the board as it allows IT to address issues remotely to minimize or even eliminate downtime. PC images are transformed into virtual machines and end user applications are consolidated within the virtual environment.
The end-to-end desktop virtualization solution allows for the decoupling of applications, operating systems and data from the underlying PC hardware. They are then moved to a data center for centralized management and security. As a result, IT teams no longer need to juggle the thousands of static desktop images to effectively manage the network and its users. Instead, virtualization allows them to deliver customized applications and desktops that will easily meet the security, performance and mobility requirements of the enterprise.
The opportunities afforded with the virtual desktop are so extensive that Gartner (News - Alert) predicts the hosted market worldwide will increase to reach 49 million units by 2013. Revenue within this segment is expected to grow from $1.5 billion in 2009 to $65.7 billion in 2013. This number is the equivalent of more than 40 percent of the worldwide professional PC market, demonstrating the importance of PC vendors to expand their offerings into the virtual space.
As a leading provider of networking and enterprise communications solutions, Alcatel-Lucent offers the OmniSwitch suite of Local Area Network (LAN) switches, running a common operating system that will far exceed required security levels within the standard enterprise network. In partnering with Citrix, Alcatel-Lucent is uniquely positioned to deliver an end-to-end desktop virtualization and integration solution that can meet the needs of the next-generation enterprise.
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Edited by Peter Bernstein