Flexibility on Demand

Virtualisation is fast becoming an essential part of enterprise network infrastructure as it enables employee flexibility, writes Piers Ford.

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Flexibility on Demand Aaron White regional director, Middle East and Africa at Citrix says that the ability for employees to access information on the go saves enterprises time and energy.
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By  Piers Ford Published  June 20, 2012

Virtualisation is fast becoming an essential part of enterprise network infrastructure as it enables employee flexibility, writes Piers Ford.

From the server in the data centre to the desktop and the remote client, virtualisation is now such an established element of enterprise IT strategies in the Middle East that it is difficult for network managers to imagine a world in which at least part of their infrastructure is not delivering the cost, efficiency and security benefits of a virtualised computing model.

More recent trends such as cloud computing and shifts in how enterprises are looking to get a more dynamic return on their investment in the data centre are driving adoption deeper into the business. And far from being solely the domain of large multi-national organisations with hard-core data centres, virtualisation has found a responsive SMB market in the region.

“One of the main trends that drives virtualisation is the need for employees to be more mobile in today’s working environment,” says Aaron White, regional director, Middle East and Africa at Citrix, a vendor which has long pioneered virtual solutions.

“Whether that means working from different locations in the office, hot-desking in coffee shops while on the go, or working on flights around the region or the world, people are demanding more flexibility from their devices and networks. The ability to access information on the go also saves time and energy for businesses, enabling staff to remain productive from wherever and whenever they choose to work.”

According to White, organisations with a highly mobile workforce tend to be early virtualisation adopters. He estimated that more than 4,100 organisations in the region are using Citrix to virtualise their Windows applications and deliver IT as an on-demand service.

“Virtualisation enables the delivery desktops and applications as ‘on-demand’ services to the end-user, creating an efficient business case for adoption,” he states. “Many organisations are struggling with the cost and complexity of hosting multiple physical hardware in their data centres, so virtualisation offers a proven technology for simplifying that structure, making it more agile, manageable and cost-effective.”

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