As more and more IT departments in small and medium-sized businesses begin to consider desktop virtualization as a viable way to reduce costs and increase efficiencies, the issue of compatibility has become more important. Desktop virtualization is useful because it can allow workers to access their data from any internet-connected location, and in a form that is entirely familiar because what they see is the usual desktop environment they would use at work.
This scenario, however, naturally leads to situations in which employees want to access their desktops using devices other than the traditional desktop or laptop interface. This is where compatibility issues begin to spring up, since not all virtualization systems are equally able to serve information onto devices such as PDAs and mobile phones.
One solution to this challenge is to work with a system that incorporates more than one vendor. Citrix, Dell, and Intel, for example, have joined forced in order to be sure that their technologies can be used together in fully integrated desktop virtualization solutions. Such arrangements are best explored with the help of a skilled IT consulting firm that can provide expert advice including case studies about how such multi-vendor systems have been deployed in a variety of industries.
The beauty of IT consulting is that it allows businesses to avoid costly mistakes. Instead of learning through their own experiences, and paying the price for that knowledge in terms of employee time, dollars outlaid, and opportunity costs, companies can learn from the experiences of others, which allows them to use their own IT dollars to best advantage.