DESKTOP IMAGE MANAGEMENT
Maintaining desktop images used in corporate environments is a key task that can overwhelm I.T. resources. Ideally an organization will want to limit the number of desktop images, however due to application needs between different user types, desktop images will grow over time further complicating deployment simplicity.
As different user types will always have differing application needs it’s essential to rein in what applications are to be part of a master baseline desktop image and what applications can be distributed to the user through other desktop deployment tools.
Cloudpaging for Enterprise allows I.T. departments to compartmentalize applications for delivery to any form factor. These compartmentalized applications are delivered as users need them for their specific roles or tasks without requiring time consuming installation. This allows desktop images to only contain the most essential core applications common to all users (e.g. Office Suites, Document readers and Unified Communications). All other applications stay outside of the desktop image but are fully available to the user upon initial login via I.T. initiated Cloudpaging Auto Deploy or through an end user self service app store-like catalog. Streamlining desktop images applies to both physical desktop images for notebook/desktops and for VDI desktop images and templates used in a persistent VDI environment.
As application updates are needed, Cloudpaging for Enterprise can push these to users without the need for resolving re-installation problems that can occur when desktop management tools push an entire installer for an update. The additional benefit is updates don’t require going back to the desktop image and reapplying an updated application and having to re-test and validate the success of that image update. That alone saves on the time and resources that are impacted when an application update is required. Having updates happen in a more easier manner means that they can come to users in more flexible push cycles. Zero day exploit fixes, application security updates and bug fixes don’t need to wait on complex desktop image update and testing processes.