A client hypervisor is a specialised operating environment that enables users to run a virtual desktop setup on their laptop or desktop machine without needing a centralised virtualized platform.
Client hypervisors are installed directly on the user’s laptop or desktop machine. A centrally managed Windows or Linux virtual server runs in its own secured environment. The client hypervisor keeps track of the changes that the user makes on their machine while working offline, for example, when the user is working on their laptop on an aeroplane. When the user is online again and connected to the internet, the hypervisor synchronises their changes to the central data store.
Client hypervisors allow the business to use a single standard desktop set up across all the desktop systems in the business, regardless of make or model. This reduces the number of different desktop set ups that that the IT operations team needs to create and manage. Used in conjunction with application virtualisation technology, client hypervisors means that the IT operations team manages only one desktop for the entire organisation. This reduces their workload and allows greater flexibility when wanting to make additions or changes.