What is workspace virtualization?

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Have you heard of the concept of workspace virtualization, but don’t know exactly what it is and how it can benefit your business?

Rest assured, Groupe SL’s team of IT outsourcing specialists is here to provide you with the answers you are looking for.

Virtual workspace definition

A virtual workspace is a workplace where employees are connected to each other via digital tools, no matter where they are physically located.

Users in a virtual workspace bridge the physical distance between them with a set of computing tools designed to support close communication and collaboration. These tools often consist of software that uses cloud computing to make various virtual desktops and business applications (like those found in the Microsoft 365 service) accessible from a data center.

A virtual workspace therefore simulates a real-world physical office.

An example to help understand workspace virtualization

For a better understanding of the concept of workspace virtualization, here is a more concrete example.

Rather than having to install all business software on a new employee’s computer, the employee could simply connect to the Internet with their personal device to access the company’s cloud-based data center. From there, the employee will have quick and easy access to all of their published, SaaS and mobile applications via a single, secure unified workspace.

Workspace virtualization therefore allows the operating systems, applications and data of the underlying hardware of a computing device to be ignored, which simplifies IT infrastructure management.

The benefits of enterprise desktop virtualization

Now that you have a better idea of what workspace virtualization is, you may be starting to realize the full potential of implementing it in your business.

Better data security

When a workspace is virtualized, data and applications never leave the data center.

For a company that works with sensitive data and confidential information, desktop virtualization can therefore reduce the risk of data loss at the terminal level, thanks in particular to an online backup.

Furthermore, it is much easier to implement security measures like two-factor authentication with a virtual workspace.

Assured compliance

Many companies have to meet stringent requirements in order to operate in full compliance.

Compliance may require a company to update each employee’s computer, which is a daunting task for organizations with dozens or hundreds of employees.

With desktop virtualization and hosted cloud solutions, cloud software updates will ensure that employees are working with compliant software.

Reduced workspace costs

A virtual workspace eliminates the need to provide employees with a physical workspace.

Companies that rely on this technology could save significant amounts of money in rent, heating, insurance and security costs, to name a few.

Similarly, desktop virtualization is a good way to make more room for remote work without compromising productivity. Not to mention that it could allow you to hire candidates from anywhere in the world.

Groupe SL helps you get the most out of your virtual workspace

In conclusion, workspace virtualization is a fairly abstract concept, but the benefits are tangible for companies that decide to implement it.

If you’d like to speak with workspace virtualization experts to find out if and how your organization could benefit, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We can develop a deployment plan tailored to your organization if you decide to make the move.

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