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Virtualisation is changing the way businesses adopt new technology, and is helping businesses to effectively use existing hardware and infrastructure. However, it is important to approach solutions and technology in a way that ensures they are aligned to strategy. Virtualisation can only be effective in supporting users if it gives them the right tools in the right place.
Virtualisation is a versatile technology that can be applied to a range of situations, but it is important to understand the challenges that the business faces before implementing virtual machines or infrastructure. There are several key areas where virtualisation is key.
With Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), businesses must empower users and let them have choice in the device they use, without sacrificing data security. Businesses cannot impose restrictions on the types of device in use, and this means business data could be vulnerable. By 2017, Gartner expects more than half of businesses will require users to bring their own device.
It is important that BYOD is defined in policy to give users all options, and as part of this process, centralisation and virtualisation should be used as a way to secure data and optimise hardware assets.
Applications can be delivered in a variety of ways, and this will define the way virtualisation is rolled out. For some businesses, applications will be accessed mainly through the web. For others, there will be some element of virtual desktop deployment, and there are a variety of ways to achieve this to meet the user’s needs while they are mobile.
Optimisation can involve both hardware and operations. It’s important to compare like with like to understand the true operational cost savings that can be achieved with a centralised approach. Dell is building its services into holistic solutions, giving businesses a better return on investment.
Virtualisation gives system administrators the tools to manage resources from one place, improving efficiency and giving security teams the ability to react more quickly to a changing threat landscape. Centralisation can offer performance improvements, distributing resource where it is needed most. This helps to cut expenditure, since existing resource can be deployed more effectively, and resource can also be flexed on demand.
Powerful servers also form part of the puzzle, since businesses can achieve a higher density of users on the same machine. It’s also possible to run demanding, specialised applications that require huge amounts of processing power in a cost-effective manner.
Improved security encompasses the management of data and the management of devices in parallel. These go hand in hand. Thin clients can be deployed for practically any purpose, and the security of those devices can be in place before the device leaves the Dell production line.
While there is a place for encryption in a BYOD strategy, robust security should include centralisation so that data is never stored on a device. Devices are routinely lost and stolen, and there are also complicated compliance requirements to take into account. Once the business understands the implications of different types of data storage, it can navigate towards an acceptable solution that encompasses compliance challenges.