Seeking to speed up the acquisition process, Ingersoll Rand remotely virtualized hundreds of servers to boost datacenter capacity. The company further centralized desktop management. Along the way, it saved over $1 million in hardware costs.
Desktop Linux is permissions-based, so users need an admin password to install applications or change other critical functions. As in Windows and Mac OS X, this gives IT some control over the work environment. For IT, the ability to install Linux and manage updates over the network also eases desktop management.