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In a virtualized environment, all data resides on a server. Employees can access sensitive and critical information as necessary through a secure login, but all files are saved and located directly on the server, not on the hard drives of individual PCs or laptops. As a result, dataremains secure in the event a thin client device is lost, stolen, damaged or tampered with. Data loss prevention can and should be a large motivating factor behind virtualization adoption for businesses. Thin clients are much more secure than a standard desktop or notebook, as no data actually resides on the device.

Desktop virtualization is a technology “hot button,” with industry pundits touting widespread adoption. In a nutshell, desktop virtualization involves running virtual machine instances on servers while frontend appliances or client software displays the screen output and facilitates end-user interaction.

Where the return on investments for server virtualization is tied to the number of physical servers replaced, the benefits of thin computing are related to the workstation count. As such, the advantages of desktop virtualization scale more linearly, and are applicable to all - even the smallest business.

While offering many proven benefits, businesses that are planning to update their technology should determine whether their business is the right “fit” for a virtual environment. Adopting desktop virtualization can have big benefits for companies that have a mobile staff, aggressive growth plans, or need increased security measures.

Enterprise companies have been quicker than SMBs to adopt virtualization, perhaps due to the general perception that it’s too complex or costly. However, with the right implementation, all businesses can reap the rewards of a virtualized environment that addresses IT issues such as failure rates, costs of management, data security and backup reliability.

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