Unlike traditional stand alone systems, virtual desktops are meant to help users share operating systems and applications on back end servers. They are all about sharing processing power on thin client hardware, connected to servers that support single users.

"Virtualization has made consumerization of technology attack today's CIOs, it has empowered end users with tele-working programs", says Simon McCullough Citrix Channel Manager, Southern East Africa. Speaking today during a desktop virtualization breakfast meeting at Serena Hotel, Nairobi, Simon says that through virtualized environments, consumerization of IT will drive more change than any other technology seen in the last 10 years. Traditional desktop computer environments are complex, inflexible and hard to secure.

In this technology era of "making do with less", organizations have realized the need of cutting down single user's core install which consist of operating systems, drivers and security programs to running everything standard from a server. Though this change has taken a snail's pace, desktop virtualization has been adopted in by corporates in East Africa.

Many companies have pushed this one desktop environment to different end users because of technology standardization, security and budgets related issues. Simon says that IT needs secure and scalable infrastructure for delivering windows desktops and business applications at the lowest cost.

Desktop virtual environments conceive the "work shifting" ideology, which describes work as what you do and not where you are. They have increased workplace flexibility, and reduced security restricts on mobility and devices.

Citrix virtual computing which apparently according to Simon handles 80% of public clouds enables virtual work styles by leveraging the latest mobile devices, rapidly helping organizations to adapt new business changes and transform their desktop computing environments.