16 Mar' 16


desktop virtualization and server virtualization

Companies often make a fool of themselves by investing in a technology that is simply not a good-fit for their needs. For instance, enterprises often jump on the virtualization bandwagon without prior research, which should begin right with the understanding of the difference between desktop virtualization (DV) and server virtualization (SV).

Don’t think they are similar to one other just because the two share a word, virtualization. While both are centrally controlled, and help cut costs, and make data easily available to employees, they serve many other functions that are distinctly different from one another. And know what? Your inability to differentiate between the two may kill the purpose entirely, with the entire investment resulting in a total wastage of money. Therefore, it is completely justified to get to know the differences, so that you can figure out which one is right for you, or if you can properly leverage both.

The Two Distinct Concepts

Server virtualization attempts to partition a physical server into smaller virtual servers. This negates the one-computer-for-only-one-server software theory. In a virtualized environment, multiple servers may co-reside in the same computer.

Desktop virtualization involves the creation of a virtual computer environment, which is stored in a remote, centralized server. They operate in the same way as a physical computer and can be accessed by the user through any device. Multiple personalized virtual desktops can be stored in one single server.

Problem They Solve Are Different

Desktop virtualization is designed to cater to the needs of remote workers working from multiple devices.

Server virtualization, on the other hand, is aimed at optimizing server efficiency through the diversification of workloads such as databases, graphics and file sharing, and media delivery.

Network Bandwidth They Use Differs

Instead of adding further load to the network, server virtualization helps free up network bottlenecks.

Virtualized desktop computers, on the other hand, are ‘served’ to users on the network. Since they operate entirely on the network, they may slow down the speed of operations considerably.

Consolidation versus Spread

By helping consolidate servers, server virtualization helps in minimizing the number of hardware that a company has to maintain, subsequently helping it cut the cost and increase efficiency. In this case, all changes are made only in the server.

The story is different with virtualized desktops – the technology calls for more investments in the data center technologies and the upgradation of network and transmission protocols.

Apart from a shared word there is hardly anything common between a desktop and a server virtualization. Quite obviously, both have their unique set of pros and cons. And, both can’t be right for your business. So, which one should you opt for? Tough question? Get in us with us and we will help you out. Mail us at info@codeuridea.com.

Anirban Lahiri

Senior Associate- Dot Net

Anirban is a Senior Associate with Code{UR}Idea. He's the Dot Net man- anything that has to do with Microsoft technologies has to go through him.

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