An Overview of Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)
Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) has been on the rise in the IT sector in the last couple of years. Once virtualization of servers became something of the ordinary, desktops soon followed. Unlike servers, desktops are affected by many factors that you should be aware of.
VDI enables corporations to operate fully virtual machine-based desktops which allow their staff to easily access their systems from nearly any device or location. VDI can help businesses reduce Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), secure their critical data, and enable their users to remotely access their digital workspace.
The VDI market has witnessed a consistent growth in the last couple of years. According to Technavio, a renowned analytical firm, the VDI market is set to grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 11% from 2017 to 2021.
Similarly, IDC – a global market intelligence firm – reported that Virtual Client Computing (VCC) market was worth $3 billion in 2015. It expects this number to reach $4.6 billion by 2020, thus growing at a CAGR of 8.9%. These are really strong numbers which point towards a revolutionary growth for VDI that will transform corporate IT resources throughout the world.
What exactly is Virtual Desktop Infrastructure?
Simply put, VDI allows users to access applications and desktops running on centrally-hosted (either on servers or cloud) virtual machines.
While employees can perform the same operations on traditional systems, VDI enables companies to reduce costs and simplify management by centralizing and consolidating desktops. Additionally, it allows corporations to increase end users’ mobility, thus giving them an option to work from anywhere, any device, and at anytime.
How does it help companies?
Virtual desktops offer countless benefits to the organizations. We have summarized some of them below: –
One of the biggest rewards of using virtual desktop infrastructure is that it provides employees complete access to the office desktop at the click of a button. Since anyone with a laptop, PC, or mobile device can work anytime with an active internet connection, it significantly increases the productivity of the workforce.
2. Management & Cost
Virtual Desktops reduce the time taken to provision additional systems and helps to diminish desktop management and support costs. Experts agree that maintaining & managing hardware and software accounts for around 50-70% of TCO in a typical system. That is why many companies resort to virtual desktops to cut down their expenses.
Furthermore, these machines often lack hard drives, CD-ROM, fans, and other pieces of physical hardware that are prone to fialing. This makes them a lot more compact, economical, simpler to build & maintain, while also making them more energy-efficient than the usual desktops or notebooks.
It is easy to manage and deploy hundreds of virtual systems as compared to their traditional counterparts because everything is stored, secured, and managed centrally. It also makes it easier to install, patch, update applications, take backups, and scan for viruses in a centralized VDI environment as opposed to doing the same thing on hundreds or even thousands of individual systems.
Virtual machines also serve as a more secure alternative for organizations because the employees will no longer have to “carry around” sensitive company data on devices that can be easily lost, stolen, or tampered with. Even if their devices become lost or stolen, the data is completely secure.
In certain industries, such as healthcare, where adhering to privacy regulations is of paramount importance, virtual desktops can be used for providing medical personnel with access only to patient records, thus keeping the confidential information safe.
Firms that go with VDI can easily increase the life of their hardware, for example by re-purposing the Legacy Workstations. This is possible because in a VDI arrangement, a majority of computing happens on either the server or the cloud, so the end device does not need cutting-edge hardware in order to make things work.
The Bottom Line
To put it simply, VDI is one of the best ways to increase employee’s efficiency, reduce operational and ownership costs, and maximize security. To set up the most reliable Virtual Desktop Infrastructure for your firm, give us a call at (877)720-0033 or drop a message on: [email protected]