As technology advances make virtualization more affordable, reliable, and safer than ever, virtualization is gaining momentum as an operational model. Virtual desktop infrastructure is one type of virtualization that is becoming more popular.
What is virtual desktop infrastructure?
Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), is a hosted desktop that runs on a central server. It is basically a virtual desktop that mimics a full desktop computer but digitally via a virtual machines (VM). VDIs don’t have to be limited to PCs. They can also be accessed from other platforms, such as tablets or thin clients terminals.
VDI can be used in place of other forms of desktop virtualization such as shared solutions that connect multiple PCs or thin clients that connect directly to a shared desktop.
What is its purpose?
A VDI refers to a group of virtual desktops that are housed within VMs and then stored on a central server. Each virtual desktop is equipped with its own operating system (OS), usually Microsoft Windows. It acts and runs exactly like a regular computer, but without the hardware.
This type of virtual infrastructure is increasingly becoming common for call centres, bring-your-own-device (BYOD) workplaces, offices with remote and branch workers, contractors, and industries that rely heavily on graphics-intensive applications.
What are the benefits of this?
A well-deployed VDI lets users remotely access a virtually deployed solution (as in the form of Software-as-a-Service or SaaS) safely and securely. This setup allows workers access to any information they require, including client data, manufacturing controls, financial transaction scheduling tools, from virtually any device.
It won’t be necessary to provide expensive equipment to your employees and then install software on them for their work, especially if they are traveling or working from home. Regular hardware will suffice.
You’ll enjoy these benefits when you sign up for VDI:
- Cost savings: The best way to control expenses is VDI technology. It doesn’t require expensive or advanced hardware. You can even reuse existing computers for the job. Software licenses are not required.
VDI providers often bundle this solution with managed services that are usually available through a subscription-based payment scheme. You don’t have to make large cash outlays and your monthly costs are consistent. You can also use your earnings to make another investment or save it for a rainy-day.
— Here’s where VDI shines: it dramatically improves the security of your device through a simple feature called centralized control. VDI allows your computers to run on an OS, and access data that isn’t kept locally. Your IT administrator, or your managed IT service provider (MSP), can easily take control of the “contents” of your device, even if it is stolen, damaged, or broken.
This feature is great for remote workers, remote offices and work-from home setups. It’s even more important today, as the coronavirus pandemic has rendered traditional workplaces inaccessible.
VDI has made great strides since its inception. It used to be able to lag behind computers with their OSes, but today it can perform at least as well or better than these. Partnering with an MSP is a great way to maximize your VDI investment. They have the experience and insight to help you choose the best digital workspace solutions to augment your VDI.