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Desktop virtualization: ‘Precisely’ what instrumentation manufacturer needed.

Is there a better way to manage my organization’s desktops? That was the question the IT director of a large precision instrumentation company asked MicroAge’s Hunter Boyd.

The answer: Absolutely yes.

After working with MicroAge two years ago on virtualizing their server infrastructure, the client was ready to extend the management and security benefits of server virtualization to their desktop infrastructure.

“They wanted to streamline the management of their desktop systems and have all of their applications in one place,” Hunter explains. “The IT staff was having trouble concentrating on the company’s strategic goals partially because of the amount of time they spent managing desktops. They needed a way to increase their operational efficiency.”

Desktop virtualization was the perfect solution, says Perry Peterson, MicroAge’s Virtualization Practice Manager.

The client started with 30 desktops under a pilot program.

Implementing a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) provides the IT team centralized management of the day-to-day IT operations. So instead of physically going to each desktop to add or remove applications, resources, or update software, it now can be done from one place, Perry says.

“You need just one pane of glass to deploy fully functioning desktops,” he notes, “and it’s a better desktop experience for users, who can access their desktop anytime, anywhere, from any device.”

Hunter and Perry recommended VMware Horizon View and HP t310 Zero Clients. The client was able to use their existing monitors, mice, keyboards and power supplies.

In addition to the operational efficiency, desktop virtualization offers more security than their previous system, and the client is now able to deliver desktops to mobile users in an easy and secure way. “Plus, they’ve drastically reduced their maintenance time,” Perry adds.

Three months after deployment, the client is thrilled.

“The administrators love the centralized management,” Hunter says, “and the end users have a better desktop experience, delivered anytime, anywhere, on any device.”

Whether you are virtualizing servers, storage or desktops, we can help. To get started, contact Hunter Boyd at 480-366-2054 or hunter.boyd@microage.com.

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