Server and Desktop Virtualization: Which One Do I Choose?

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What’s the difference between server and desktop virtualization? If you’re having trouble rattling off the unique qualities of each, you’re not alone. So let’s start with the basics.



The division of a physical server into several smaller, isolated virtual servers.


Each virtual server is independent, enabling many of them to run on a single computer at the same time. Computing resources are decoupled from the host by a hypervisor – a thin layer of software ­– and dynamically allocated to each virtual machine when needed.


Server virtualization is a good option for you if you need to account for diverse workloads or maximize your server’s efficiency. Because each physical machine is fully utilized, you end up reducing your energy consumption and hardware count. That adds up to cost savings. You will also simplify infrastructure management and improve your overall system availability.



The creation of a virtual computer environment that allows employees to work remotely from just about any device.


A remote server houses a virtual computer and delivers it to a user’s device. 


Because all of the personalized virtual desktop images are stored in a centralized location, it’s a cinch to provision new users, update software and provide desktop support. No more unhappy users waiting for support tickets to be answered or admins having to visit users’ desks. Roll out the latest OS to every user in less than an hour.


In theory, this sounds simple enough, but what about actual implementation of Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)? Isn’t that when things get tricky? And what if you’re not sure about managing the infrastructure yourself?

Until now, there was no solution on the market that could address these concerns. Thankfully, RackTop has taken the mystery out of VDI implementation. RackTop’s vBOX is the simplest and highest performing way to implement VDI.

  • vBOX is drop-in ready – forget about costly upgrades to your existing SAN.
  • You’ll get improved user productivity with super fast boot times and the power of VMware Horizon View or Citrix XenDesktop.
  • It’s fully scalable.

RackTop can provide you with a complete Desktop as a Service (DaaS) if you’re not ready to take on the operational side of things, or are looking for a lower cost option. We take on the management while you take care of business.

For most companies, desktop virtualization is the way to go. Need more details? Check out the 5 Reasons You Should Be Using VDI.

Contact RackTop to find out how we can help you get the most out of VDI. (Ask us about our FREE lifetime training for all of our solutions.)