Virtual desktops, virtual workspaces, voice, video, … virtual reality
Today, there is lots of buzz around the big news from Cisco and our ecosystem partners with the launch of next generation VXI validated solutions. If you missed our launch event, you can still get all the details online via our community.
Pretty cool but, why is virtualization important for government agencies?
- cost control, more than ever government agencies are focused on strategies to improve operational efficiency and reduce costs
- flexibilty, allow government workers ability to work in different workplaces, from city hall to public works, with choices of different combinations of virtual desktops, voice, and video devices including latest smartphones, tablets, and Cisco Virtualization Experience Clients (VXC)
- security, better security and control of information in the data center rather than distributed endpoints and with the “bring your own device” (BYOD) to work phenomenon, security is more critical than ever
- uncompromised, helping government agencies achieve mission objectives without compromising cost or resilience mandates
See more details below.
Desktop virtualization provides advantages for government agencies seeking simple and cost-effective delivery of desktop and applications for government workers—including employees spread out across geographic regions:
- city hall to remote branch locations such as remote court rooms, libraries
- munipical airports
- civilian and defense agencies
- mobile public safety and public works employees in the field
Because of the ability to quickly manage and deploy applications from a central location, government IT departments can benefit from a centralized data center to centrally manage provisioning and secure access to applications.
With budget and personnel constraints, governments face the challenge to modernize legacy applications. With desktop virtualization, access to legacy applications can be provided securely and cost-effectively. Try this tool to estimate costs.
It’s a journey to end-to-end virtualization, but there are incremental steps you can take today. Some compelling use cases include:
- Reduced Windows 7 Migration costs
- Mobile workers
- Temporary workers
- Bring your own device (BYOD)
- Security and data protection
- Improved backup and disaster recovery
Cisco Validated Designs (CVDs) are blueprints that have been tested to work with our partners to help you assure successful implementation.
Please let me know if you are planning to deploy desktop virtualization in your government agency. What is your compelling use case?