Today, most of the multinational companies are deploying virtual desktop infrastructures(VDI). It is a technology that hosts a desktop operating system on a centralized server. It basically utilizes server hardware to run the application software and desktop operating systems in a virtual machine. To put it succinctly, a desktop operating system like windows works on a virtual machine that is hosted on a server and accessed remotely by the client on a PC or laptop.
Also known as a server based computing, VDI is a variation on client server computing model. This allows a user to switch between the operating environments while eliminating the need for any workstation hardware upgrades.
In VDI, desktop support is reduced and because of no local hard drive present, the files are stored on the central servers that are backed up on a daily basis.
Benefits of Virtual Desktop Infrastructure
Terminal Server Desktops had many limitations for instance they couldn’t be customized. So, VDI was a great solution to all the problems associated with it while offering numerous benefits as explained here:
- Now, you don’t need to update your numerous PCs in order to meet the new minimum hardware requirements of OS.
- No matter how many or how big your problems are, there is only one system that you need to troubleshoot.
- All the desktops are managed from one place i.e centrally.
- There is considerable reduction in the costs of the hardware parts and devices. Also, the administrative and support costs are reduced as each user utilizes the same image.
- In VDI, unlike previous infrastructure where each device was protecting the valuable data, all the data is stored in the main servers that benefits the telecom companies greatly.
- The VDI servers are managed in the data centers hence, installation, updating and patching is also performed in the data centre itself.
- PCs consume less electricity meaning the lifespan of the clients PCs is now longer.
Drawbacks of VDI
- Once you have factored in the infrastructure expenses, the cost savings that are associated with endpoint hardware can also disappear.
- Another challenge comes into the form of network connectivity. If there is weak connectivity, the performance of desktop is interrupted whereas no network connection doesn’t allow user to to access the virtual desktops.
- A few other drawbacks are, VDI requires huge investment in server hardware, need to learn VDI software’s capabilities as well as limitations and the problems on server side can also affect its multiple users.
Many organizations still have this question if VDI will benefit them or not. If any of the following points refer to your situation, it means VDI is the right choice for you:
- You deal with vital data, documentation compliance among other information that holds a significant concern for you.
- You are interested in having a common desktop experience.
- Your personnel include clients, contractors and employees.
- You need to invest your time on important things instead of dealing with updates and desktop management issues.
- You need business agility and stability.
Now, you have a comprehensive understanding of what exactly VDI is and how it can benefit your business. To know more about virtual desktop infrastructure, get in touch with our professionals today!