Desktop & Application Virtualisation

Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is the practice of hosting a desktop operating system within a virtual machine (VM) running on a centralised server.

Computrad has implemented desktop and application virtualisation environments for a wide range of company sizes and industry types globally including US Federal Agencies, e-gaming companies, government, law firms, charities and universities.

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Desktop & Application Virtualisation

VDI adds further functionality to the client / server computing model (also referred to as server -based computing (SBC)).Combining both VDI and other traditional SBC technologies allows hardware, operating systems, user data and applications to be virtualised and independant.

Desktop and Application Virtualisation provies user environments in a layered, modular and centrally managed approach.

This technology can be delivered from the data centre and accessed by the client devices, whereby only the screen information is transmitted between the server and the client, or streamed down to the client device for offline access.

Hardware & software upgrades, application deployment, technical support and data storage & backup are simplified because all management is centralised in the Data Centre.Data and applications reside on a few servers rather than on hundreds or thousands of clients.

Production and Test Optimisation CIO’s are under constant pressure to deliver high quality enterprise applications and desktops more quickly at lower cost. While delivering quality software on time and on budget has never been easy, the task is further complicated by modern multi-tier architectures, hardware, multiple operating systems and applications.

Using Desktop and Application Virtualisation for production and testing results in immediate improvements in time to market, costs and quality.

Virtualisation and Desktop Consolidation enables enterprises to:

  • Consolidate desktops into the Data Centre for use in production, test and development
  • Centralise management and deployment of applicatons and desktops Reduce power consumption and carbonfootprint
  • Remove the phsyical hardware dependancy from the operating system
  • Client device independance
  • Rapidly deploy new desktops and applications on demand for new users

Users can access their desktop and applications on demand from anywhere on the network, from home or on the road, from any type of client device.

All the data is stored on secure servers without it being ‘spread out’ onto the less secure client computers.

  • Faster, more flexible, and more reliable disaster recovery at a lower cost achieved through the removal of dependencies of operating systems on specific server hardware and a centralised model
  • Users environments are delivered via highly avaliable data centres and not dependant on client devices
  • Simplified and repeatable processes for implementing business continuity solutions.

Gartner estimate a 50% reduction in TCO as typical for most implementations, due primarily to the greatly improved server utilisation and management that Desktop and Application Virtualisation provides.

As enterprises grow, IT need to rapidly increase computing capacity – often in the form of new desktops with a variety of operating environments, applications and user requirements. The resulting desktop sprawl is costly in terms of capital and people needed to operate, manage, and upgrade new desktops.

Desktop and Application consolidation and containment provides a solution for these problems. Virtual infrastructures enables workload isolation and granular resource control for all of the system’s computing and I/O resources.

Virtualisation facilitates rapid changes to meet business needs, new desktops are deployed in minutes not hours, making it easier to move desktops between physical hardware.

Virtual machines are completely isolated from the host machine and other virtual machines. If a virtual machine crashes, all others are unaffected. Data does not leak across virtual machines and applications can only communicate over configured network connections. Complete virtual machine environments are saved as a single file; easy to back up, move and copy.

Desktops can be provisioned on demand as users require and businesses grow. Operating system and application upgrades can be seamlessley rolled from a central repository.

Storage is also dramatically reduced as users can be classified into groups, using a single ‘master’ desktop image.


Computrad has implemented desktop and application virtualisation environments for a wide range of company sizes and industry types globally. We have assisted US Federal Agencies, e-gaming companies, government, law firms, charities and universities.

Computrad has the finest VDI capabilities. We are experienced design consultants and technical staff who are trained in the implementation and support of virtualised environments such as Citrix, Microsoft and VMware.

Our experts are vendor agnostic so we can provide objective non-biased solutions across the entire virtualised platform – you can be assured of a solution that is tailored to your requirements based on the optimum configuration of hardware, software and specialist services.

VDI requires expertise across the entire life of the project if you are to gain the full benefit. Computrad provides full end to end integration services from consulting, planning, design, project management builds, implementation.

The right solution for a wide range of problems

Whether you are looking for an easier way to manage your desktop delivery, reduce costs, improve Disaster Recovery, better utilise and/or consolidate your infrastructure, there is a VDI solution for your business.

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