Do you see organizations using desktop virtualization to address the issue of unprotected data on laptops? Or is it too much of an expense or undertaking for most organizations?
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The fact that desktop virtualization can simplify the backup process is simply an add-on benefit. It isn't usually enough of a compelling reason by itself to make an organization adopt the technology.
It is important to remember that desktop virtualization assumes that any time a user wants to access corporate resources, they log on to a virtual desktop. The problem with this assumption is that there are likely to be times when the user does not bother logging on and simply works locally. I have yet to see an organization provide mobile users with access to virtual desktops, but also perform laptop-specific backups. This means that data stored on the laptop's local hard drive may still be at risk in spite of the investment made in desktop virtualization.
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