The Top 5 VDI Benefits

Virtual Desktop Server Infrastructure has been making waves since it hit the market way back in 2006. That’s when VMware coined the term VDI. The idea was to run a desktop operating system in a virtual machine located in a remote data center. End-users would connect to desktop images via thin clients or fat desktops. Applications and data would remain in the data center. 

Many of the top VDI benefits originally touted remain key reasons IT departments rely on VDI, whether it’s on-premise or, more likely these days, hosted in the cloud. 

 

Here are the top 5 VDI benefits: 

 

1. Simplify IT Management  

Perhaps the biggest benefit of VDI is that everything is managed in one central location. When new versions of applications come out, they can be added to a central desktop image instead of being installed — and then maintained and troubleshooted — on hundreds, thousands, or tens of thousands of end-user devices. Because end-users don’t have to give up their devices when operating systems are updated or applications are installed, their work isn’t likely to be interrupted.

Getting new employees set up is easy. IT administrators simply deploy the base image of what their machine should look like and then credential them into that image. And if an end-user device fails, not only won’t data be lost since it’s not on the device’s hard drive, IT can spin up a new virtual machine in minutes. This saves valuable desktop management time and gets the user back to productivity fast. 

 

2. Gain Control

New users can be added or removed with a click of the mouse through Microsoft Active Directory, for instance. IT departments can control who is using what applications. They can also better control application versions, particularly if end-users aren’t given permission to install software on their own device. 

 

3. Enhance Flexibility

VDI can make businesses more agile. They can quickly spin up new VMs for dev/test purposes, seasonal workers and contractors/consultants. 

It also gives people more flexibility in how they work. They can use their device of preference to access VDI, as long as they have internet access. With 67% of employees using personal devices at work, this is advantageous for companies that support BYOD – otherwise known as Bring Your Own Device. Whether they use a smartphone, laptop, Apple, Windows or thin-client device, the user experience is the same. 

 

4. Drive Cost Savings

Some companies that originally looked to cloud based desktop for cost savings found that the added storage required in on-premise data centers offset some of the efficiencies gained by not having as many fat clients. But with so many opting for desktop virtualization in the cloud these days, and many using smartphones and other devices to access it, virtual desktop infrastructure has become much more cost-effective. Companies that go the cloud route only pay for what they use and don’t have to maintain the Azure VDI infrastructure. Plus, since they don’t need as much memory or storage on end-user devices, businesses can extend the life of corporate-owned devices and save on hardware purchases.

 

5. Support Remote Workers

The  number of remote workers has grown 140% since 2005. That’s 10 times faster than the rest of the workforce. VDI helps the 66% of companies that offer this to their employees do so in a relatively simple fashion.  

Posted in Business News on February 14 at 09:55 AM

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