What Type of Virtualization Should You Deploy to Provide a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure?

When it comes to the most trending IT topics, virtualization remains right there at the top and for all the good reasons. We say this because it has revolutionized the way in which the corporate sector gets things done. Virtualization makes the traditional computing a lot more flexible, scalable and economical. It creates a virtual platform that consists of storage devices and server Operating Systems (OS) for its users.

In order to provide a virtual desktop infrastructure, you can deploy the “mix and match” of following types of virtualization and ultimately choose which one suits you best.

1. Server Virtualization

Server virtualization masks server resources and divides a single central server into various unique virtual servers, as per requirements. This is done by changing processors and identity numbers. Every system is able to operate its own Operating System (OS) separately. It is cost effective and improve performance efficiency.

2. Storage Virtualization

In storage virtualization, physical storage from various network storage devices are grouped in form of a single storage device or console. It is mainly used for the purpose of data backup and Disaster Recovery (DR).

3. Network Virtualization

In network virtualization, various physical networks are combined and run into one software-based network. In network virtualization, network resources that used to be traditionally delivered in hardware, are now abstracted in software. It helps in faster and more cost-effective deployments of workloads.

4. Desktop Virtualization

Decoupled from the computing device of an end user, desktop virtualization involves the creation of a virtualized version of end users’ operating system (OS) and desktop. This makes it very convenient for users to access their virtual desktop environments from any endpoint device.

5. Application Virtualization

With the help of application virtualization, users are able to access the virtualized application from a different computer, other than the one on which the app was initially installed. It allows remote-based applications to be set up on a server and end users are able to get applications on their computers.


Since virtualization is the foundation of Cloud Computing, its importance cannot be exaggerated. It can be leveraged by businesses to slash their overall IT expanses and unnecessary downtimes. All the above-mentioned types of virtualizations can be deployed by enterprises in a variety of combinations. This way, they will be able to select which one’s fulfill their specific requirements, depending on their use cases.

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