Posted By Industry Perspectives On November 19, 2012 @ 8:30 am In Industry Perspectives | No Comments
Bill Kleyman is a virtualization and cloud solutions architect at MTM Technologies  where he works extensively with data center, cloud, networking, and storage design projects. You can find him on LinkedIn .
Today’s data center environment is designed and built around efficiencies. These infrastructures have advanced cooling mechanisms, high-density server technologies, and try to use space as optimally as possible. IT administrators are continuously tasked with furthering these efficiencies and making their environment even more robust. There are lots of ways to enhance the data center. Monitoring tools, virtualization technologies and rack configurations can all help to make the environment better. However, there is an often overlooked element that can take an infrastructure even further.
When designing efficiency solutions for a data center – why not look at the end-user? Efficiencies built around the end-user computing experience can actually help create a more robust data center environment. This is where technologies around user virtualization can really help. The idea here is to abstract the user from the hardware layer. This allows the end-user to carry their settings, changes and application profiles with them regardless of their devices, hardware platform or even operating system.
From the end-user’s perspective, they now have their settings with them at all times, on any device and on almost any platform. However, how does user virtualization create data center and IT administrative efficiencies?
In creating a more powerful end-user computing experience, administrators are able to do more with less. By isolating the user layer, efficiencies can be built around the hardware and software layer. Virtualization technologies were created to enhance hardware efficiencies and this directly translates to the data center environment. As mentioned earlier, by controlling the user element administrators can reduce the number of servers, manage their environments more easily and implement user-focused computing initiatives faster. Many times, technologies outside of the immediate data center world can have big impacts on the data center environment itself.
By creating a more robust end-user experience in deploying user virtualization, data center administrators can find themselves working with a new layer of environment efficiencies.
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