Technology and work landscapes are changing rapidly in the post-pandemic world. Businesses need tools like cloud computing to maintain business continuity, improve operational resilience, boost employee productivity and stay ahead of the competition.
Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is at the forefront of the cloud computing revolution. It enables a virtual desktop environment, where business applications and other data are available to end-user devices from centralized data center locations, either on-premise or the cloud.
It has been around for quite a few years, but traditionally, it has only been used by larger businesses with many employees. As the hybrid or flexible working models gain preference for companies and employees across industries, virtual desktop infrastructure assumed importance for flexibility, convenience, and security.
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This blog will explain the VDI model and how it helps businesses in the new normal.
What is Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Technology?
In traditional server setups, an operating system is installed on top of the hardware of a physical server. An additional layer is created between the hardware and operating system withvirtual desktop infrastructure, enabling the operating system to run inside each virtual machine.
Broadly, VDI hosts desktops that enable users to securely access enterprise data on their desktops, laptops, tablets, and smartphones. Changes on a parent desktop image can be quickly mirrored to virtual desktops in a desktop pool to create flexible workspaces at scale.
VDI deployments can provide you with the entire backend components, including operating systems, hypervisors, desktop image management, storage, layering, and networking. Using VDI, you can centrally manage and store all desktop data while enabling remote access on most devices, including tablets, thin clients, workstations, browsers, and mobile devices.
Benefits of VDI for enterprise in the New Normal
Due to endpoint hardware issues, access to virtual desktop infrastructure means more collaboration, higher productivity, and less unproductive time. Beyond enabling the hybrid or flexible work models, VDI technologies ensure data security, business continuity, and enhanced employee productivity.
VDI helps businesses rapidly and securely provision apps, workspaces, and data to mobile, distributed, and global workforce. It is managed through central servers, and it allows users to access the organization’s data only through a virtualized desktop. Hence, organizations can seamlessly manage centralized image deployment, policy and patch management, and application portability.
Organizations should evaluate the following VDI benefits and considerations –
- Recruitment – Human resources (HR) and recruitment teams choose a global base to hire from. With the employee working from anywhere in the world, they can attract and retain the best talent for the job. Companies are also able to save on expensive real estate costs. In addition, with zero or reduced commuting time, stress levels are reduced, resulting in improved productivity.
- Cost Savings – Virtual desktops can save businesses money in choosing endpoint computers. Since the real work of a virtual desktop is being performed on the server, the endpoint is little more than a “dumb” terminal for input, such as a keyboard and mouse, and output, such as the monitor. Ideally, users can access powerful business-class applications using an endpoint that might otherwise lack the capabilities to run those same applications locally.
- Scalability – Ultimately, the choice of virtual desktops is not an all-or-nothing proposition. Virtual desktops can coexist just fine with traditional local desktop computers. This means that businesses can test virtual desktop technologies and services to find a platform and pricing model that best fits their needs.
In the new normal, VDI can be the plan organizations need to transition smoothly into our new normal and allow companies to have full control while still operating efficiently.
VDI solutions need to focus on more subtle elements like personalization, configuration, and user experience, which ensure productivity. These elements also address the inherent network-related challenges, multi-location availability, and security while working remotely.
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