Linux is not only a playground for developers, but key for a subset of employees and use cases across a variety of industries. If you work in any number of high tech fields, such as semiconductor design, media and entertainment, government, education, and more, you probably rely on complex applications that run only on a Linux operating system. While some organizations have installed those applications on workstations sitting below the users desks, others have taken their Linux desktops a step further and moved them into the datacenter. Hosting Linux applications can help to solve the latency issues resulting from data being in the datacenter, when the applications are not. By bringing a connection broker into the mix you can seamlessly share applications between multiple users, and control resource usage to help reduce unnecessary costs.
While Linux virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) may be considered a niche in a niche, there is certainly a time and a place for this technology. Here at Leostream, we’ve spent over a decade fine-tuning our software to let countless end users work in their operating system of choice! Here are a handful of the industries poised for success with Linux virtual desktops.
Major players in engineering fields related to oil and gas, manufacturing, and semiconductor rely on secure access to Linux-based applications to stay productive. Take the example of Freescale Semiconductor (NXP), a company that recently deployed a VDI solution in order to create an “in-office” experience for a distributed team of remote Linux users.
The unrivaled security and control that Linux provides makes it the #1 operating choice for some government initiatives where protection from malware and viruses is paramount. Support for Linux was key during the recent redesign of a mission control center transitioning from physical workstations to a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI).
The education sector has been high on Linux for some time. Linux is free, which is a big draw for many schools in the system looking to trim down on licensing costs. Virtual desktops have been employed to assist in the process of administering standardized tests. Deploying shared Linux virtual machines is a way for certain programs within Higher Ed to optimize the use of expensive applications.
4. Media and Design
Many large media and design related companies build operating environments on Linux. An employee using Linux is likely running complex applications, which may require a protocol that provides pixel-perfect graphics. Users can take advantage of the collaboration tools built into high-performance display protocol technology. Plus, they can utilize Linux’s multi-user capabilities, which enable many users to log into one Linux workstation or VM and run an independent session.
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