Rubbing shoulders with Big Data and Cloud Computing, Desktop Virtualization has also been picking up a lot of steam lately, but what exactly is it? A virtual desktop or virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) simply means that a user’s desktop environment is stored remotely on a server and not on a local PC. It separates the software components of a desktop such as software systems, applications and data from it’s hardware elements and stores the ‘virtual desktop’ on a remote server which can be accessed by anyone, anywhere.

WIth organisations facing issues like collaborating with a dispersed workforce, employee demands for implementing BYOD (bring your own device) strategies, restrictive budgets and uncertain fundings, desktop virtualization helps providing organisations with a secure and reliable way for their employees to access everything that they need to perform their job function on any device and from anywhere.

Other than that there are many other benefits a completely secure virtual desktop solution may provide to a business, some of them are –

1. Reduces Costs

Studies suggest that 50%-70% of the total cost of ownership is spent on maintaining and managing a PC. To evade there extra costs, organisations today prefer opting for a virtual desktop solution instead. Also, going for virtual desktops helps reduce the time and cost it takes to order and completely set up a local PC.

2. Boosts Productivity

Virtual desktop solutions can be accessed by employees at any place and from any device. This ease of access increases the overall productivity of employees as necessary data can be fetched any time. ALso, if an employee’s device goes rogue, all the data stays safe in the virtual environment and can be re-accessed by the employee using any other device.

3. Enhanced Security

Using virtual desktops provides an extra layer of security to sensitive data of an organisation. Even if employees can access data from anywhere, all the data is backed up and stored centrally. So, there’s no chance of organisational data being lost, stolen or tampered with.
But the security benefits a secure virtual desktop solution provides do not end here. A virtual desktop takes snapshots of the stored data regularly so even if a system breach occurs, you can load back to the latest snapshot and evade disasters, amazing right?

4. Easy Management

In a virtual desktop solution, everything is stored, maintained and secured centrally. So, it literally kills the need to install or update applications, scan for viruses or back up files on each local individual desktop, just do it once on the virtual desktop and you are good to go. Also, detailed reports are maintained by the virtual system itself about all the devices accessing organisational data and their whereabouts, so keeping a track on things becomes all the more easier.

What do you think? Managing hundreds of individual local desktops in an organisation is easier or managing just one virtual desktop? You must have guessed it!