10. Storage, Networking, the Desktop and Beyond...
"Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) provides an alternative solution for traditional desktop environments, providing IT teams with the flexibility to quickly deliver and refresh desktops, reduces the threat of potential data loss or theft, lowers the complexity and cost of desktop management, and provides end users with the functionality of a standalone desktop." -- Jeff Carlat, director of partner and platform software, infrastructure software and blades, HP Enterprise Business.
Once virtualization has been introduced to the server farm, similar principles can be applied to the storage farm, I/O infrastructure and the desktop. The idea of creating many out of one promises to extend efficiency and boost performance across a wide range of systems, resulting in a leaner, meaner data center.
Virtualization has taken a firm hold at most enterprises these days, but the fact is we've only just begun to unleash the true potential of the technology. Our Arthur Cole spoke to analysts and industry experts to compile the following quick list of the ways virtualization can benefit your business.