Virtual desktop interfaces are part of the broader desktop virtualization market. Using VDI as a computing model for the workplace allows a user’s desktop to run as a virtual image on a server in a data center rather than concentrating all computing power in an endpoint desktop.
With VDI, the user connects to the server from a thin client computing device in the workplace or using remote desktop software on a PC or laptop. VDI represents the next wave of virtual computing and promises greater flexibility, scalability, and improved security in the workplace at a lower cost.
Webhosting.net offers virtual desktop interfaces to its small and mid-size business customers so that they can optimize computer usage in the workplace. VDI is based on a shared resources model where every end-computing device is completely self-contained, with its own operating system, and applications.
Ultimately hardware expenses diminish as workers share resources and allocate them on an as-needed basis. Virtualization improves the manageability of the data, since it is backed up and maintained in Webhosting.net’s data center.
As IT departments know, backing up user data when it is scattered all over the company on user PCs and laptops is an extremely difficult task. Add the increasing presence of consumer devices such as tablets and smartphones, and the ability of an IT department to backup all user data becomes impossible.
VDI, in contrast, centralizes data, allowing users to access it from anywhere, and also allows IT departments to back it up from a single location. VDI’s primary deployment drivers also include desktop maintenance and provisioning times.
With traditional computing, deploying new applications is quite daunting. It often requires IT professionals to access every machine, which can be time consuming for large organizations and extremely difficult with remote workers. With VDI, when an image in the data center is upgraded, every employee’s desktop simultaneously has the new version.
This reduces a process that could take months to a few hours. Further, since all of the data is stored in servers in a secure data center, it is much more secure than it was, when it was sitting on endpoints located all over the organization. Additionally, when an employee leaves the company, the IT department can simply remove the user’s access, protecting against theft of sensitive information.
Another great advantage is that VDI extends the life of client devices such as desktop computers. Typically PCs and laptops have a maximum lifespan of three years. Since the bulk of processing for VDI takes place in Webhosting.net’s data center, there is very little overhead on the endpoints, meaning companies can extend that investment to up to five years. In addition, companies can choose to purchase low-cost VDI-optimized endpoint thin clients that have a small footprint and low power consumption, but still provide a great user experience.
VDI is also well received because the virtual workspace enables a worker to take the entire in-office experience with them as they move to new locations. Users have exactly the same set of applications, resources and capabilities, whether they are in the office at their desk, at a different location in the company, or working remotely.
This consistency of user experience is one of the keys to increased user productivity. Virtual workspaces ultimately enable companies to adapt to competitive situations faster, respond to market changes more rapidly and raise user productivity to new heights. As a consequence, VDI is an extremely viable and valuable for businesses.
Contact Webhosting.net for more details on how VDI can specifically help your business and enhance the control exercised by your IT department.