A virtual desktop is the user interface that a person occupies within a virtualized working space. Instead of being stored locally, it is stored in a remote server thus providing users with global access to a desktop.
The manner in which a virtual desktop functions is that it stores documents, customized data, software applications and operating software preferences on a cloud server. The experience that a user of this virtual desktop has is essentially the same as that of a physical desktop. This is because a virtual desktop’s interface was essentially created to give worldwide access for desktop systems. They are also utilized in backup solutions and creating disaster recovery systems. This is done by continuously updating the virtual desktop’s data which is stored on a remote server and allowing the user to access the interface if there is any disruption in the system. Desktop virtualization tools include Parallels Desktop for Mac, VMware Workstation and Microsoft Virtual PC. The advantage of using a virtual desktop is that is saves money because resources are allocated on a need-basis and shared between users. This makes it efficient due to economic usage of energy and resources, which enhances data integrity.