With as much attention as it's received recently, the term "virtualization" remains undefined in the minds of many. Despite the IT-focused terminology, the virtualization concept offers many practical benefits to IT managers looking for cost savings, increased efficiency and fewer administration headaches.

Desktop virtualization involves separating the user's desktop experience from their physical machine, with users instead accessing applications and personal desktops from a datacenter, either locally or from remote locations. Users' applications are thus deployed, managed, supported and executed from the datacenter's server farm, rather than from individual client machines. By removing the processing load from individual machines, a server-based computing (SBC) network solves many fundamental problems users face when running applications from individual machines.

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