A cost-effective alternative that increases flexibility and control
HP Client Virtualization Services provides an alternative to traditional desktop computing. We host PC applications and virtual desktops on servers in a data center—yours or ours—and deliver them to the user's device on demand. Most of the software runs on the server. But to the user, it looks as if the application or OS is executing on his device. Applications and Virtual Desktops can be accessed by your employees via your own secure Intranet or via the Internet. Our Client Virtualization Services uses enhanced security to ensure your data, applications, virtual desktops and other proprietary information stays within the confines of your own enterprise.
Keeping data and applications centrally at the data center has many advantages, such as:
- Increasing the security of corporate data
- Reducing the expense of distributing and maintaining software on thousands of PCs
- Driving down costs and the time required to manage the your workplace environment
- Scaling to accommodate staffing changes
For users, it enables access to their applications or virtual desktop from almost any location. And since Client Virtualization Services is a managed service, help is always a phone call or e-mail away.
The right virtualization solution to meet your employees' needs
There are several client virtualization solutions. The best approach depends on the user's role, his applications, and how he uses the computer. We offer several options so we can match virtualization models to the needs of your different user segments.
Since most work is done on the server, client devices need fewer features, and require less storage and processing power. In fact, most computers can be replaced with "thin devices." Thin devices can be a desktop PC, laptop, tablet or smart phone. They cost less, have a longer life (up to seven years compared to two to five years for a conventional PC) and are solid state, requiring fewer support calls.
For task workers and productivity workers
Task and productivity workers use a computer extensively to do their jobs but access only a few applications. Examples include customer service agents, call centers, reservation and ticket agents, and bank tellers. They usually have limited graphic and multimedia needs.
For these users, presentation virtualization—also known as application presentation—is the best choice. Applications run on the server while a special communications protocol transfers the application display over the network to the user and returns the user's key strokes and mouse actions back to the server. To the user, it looks and feels just like they are running the application locally. The magic happens in the background.
Since only the displays and user interaction are transferred to the remote client, presentation virtualization is highly secure. It is also extremely scalable and flexible so it's easy to add or change users and update applications. And since they can run on low-cost thin client devices, it drives down management costs.
For knowledge workers and performance users
Knowledge workers and performance users have more diverse and customized computing needs than task workers. They access a variety of personal productivity applications, have multiple applications open at a time and require access to the Internet. They have more graphical applications with multimedia requirements and may require access to applications outside of approved standards. They also need workplace that is personalized to meet their needs.
For these users, desktop virtualization is usually the best answer. Application components and personalization settings are streamed down to the user and execute on the user's device. And each time the user logs in, he finds his customized desktop environment just the way he left it.
The HP Client Virtualization model also utilizes an advanced application delivery appliance that provides high-speed load balancing, faster application performance, better protection against attack and the capability to offload servers from compute-intensive tasks. The appliance benefits the delivery of all applications, but is especially useful for those users requiring access to high end graphic applications and multimedia.
Desktop virtualization is also ideal for providing a robust but controlled computing environment for contractors and temporary workers. A full desktop experience is provided to the users, but limits them to only the applications they need. This option is still more highly secure, flexible and cost-effective than conventional computing. And it is the perfect way to incorporate a “Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)” policy within your organization.
Client Virtualization Management
HP centrally manages and controls the applications and data served out to users through client virtualization services. Specially designed support tools enable easy management of software versions and patches. They also allow administrators to control and monitor users access to applications. All of this helps to keep the IT environment secure from viruses and malware, and it reduces user downtime. Properly performed management also demonstrates compliance with corporate and regulatory requirements.
When you deploy thin devices, the optional Thin Device Management Service provides efficient remote support. This service maintains a profile for each device and aids in the management of software and security updates. The location, application and configuration of thin devices are always available to IT asset managers.