Time to move on desktop virtualization?
Call it a minimalist approach to desktop computing. Next month, the Navy will kick off a 7,500-seat virtual desktop deployment in which desktop images will be streamed from regional data centers to zero clients, devices that are even thinner than thin clients in that they lack a full-blown operating system. The phased rollout will put zero clients on Navy desks in the Washington Navy Yard, San Diego and Pearl Harbor over the course of the year.
“There’s a big benefit in the lower cost to maintain these…devices,” Hendricks said of the virtualized desktop approach. “Not to mention that the devices themselves, right out of the box, are effectively plug-and-play machines that cost a fourth of what it costs to deploy desktops and laptops.”
There’s a potential downstream benefit as well. The virtual desktop architecture could pave the way for a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) strategy. Although the Navy has not embarked on such a policy, virtualization could make it a viable option, Hendricks said.
The Navy’s approach to desktop virtualization mirrors developments at other government agencies. Public-sector IT managers from Alaska to Florida cite reduced administrative costs and burdens and the security of greater centralization as the initial project drivers.
Why it matters
Ease of administration and enhanced security continue to motivate technology adopters and keep desktop virtualization on the IT map.
The government of Orlando, Fla., is in the midst of deploying Chromebooks, laptop PCs that run Google Chrome OS. The devices let users access Google Apps and will also afford access to virtual desktops. The latter capability stems from Ericom Software’s HTML5 client, AccessNow. It lets Chromebook users tap into Microsoft Windows applications, which are delivered as VMware View virtual desktops.
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