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Desktop virtualization: Better data protection?
This article is part of the Storage magazine issue of Vol. 8 Num. 8 November/December 2009
Virtual desktop infrastructure technology can ease the burden of data protection for laptops and desktops, but it may not be a good fit for all types of end users. Of all the data your company owns, data residing on desktops and laptops is often the least protected. Why? The distributed nature of endpoints makes it difficult to centralize and consolidate backup, and since desktop/laptop data exists outside the confines of the data center, backup administrators often don't see its protection as their problem. Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) technology can address this problem by bringing data that would otherwise live on end-user devices into the data center. VDI products enable the centralization of entire personalized end-user desktop operating environments so that they can be efficiently accessed, managed and protected from a central location. This allows organizations to reduce operational costs, improve service levels, and satisfy compliance and information security requirements, all while maintaining an identical -- ...
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