Server and Desktop Virtualization

Server Virtualization

Server virtualization software, also know as a hypervisor, partitions physical servers into multiple virtual servers. The amount of cpu and memory resources that are on the physical server are hidden from a user using a virtual server. The user will only see the cpu and memory that has been assigned to their virtual server or virtual machine. The ability to run multiple OS instances/virtual machines on a physical server allows for the better utilization of physical resources.

A high availability hypervisor that shares physical resources among multiple virtual machines with the ability of running virtual machines with different OS’s.

Desktop Virtualization

Similar to server virtualization, software is used to run multiple OS instances on a single physical server but in this case the virtual machines are used as user desktops. A user will connect to a virtual desktop through the use of a client that is at their desktop. This effectively separates the desktop environment from the physical client. Do thing this allows for better use of physical resources and allows user to access their desktop from multiple locations.

Horizon (with View) software allows the creation of desktop virtual machines that users can connect back to remotely through clients.
Dell Wyse physical clients allow a user to connect to a virtual desktop. Contains RAM and flash memory but no hard drive to go bad or need to be backed up.