Why Your Enterprise Should Implement Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)

Why Your Enterprise Should Implement Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)

When it comes to IT trends, some are quicker to take off than others. While it seemed to be stuck at a standstill, research has proved that Virtual VDI virtual desktop infrastructureDesktop Infrastructure (VDI) certainly seems to be taking off and on its way up in 2013. According to Pivot3, a leading provider of VDI converged storage and compute appliances, “More than 80 percent of companies surveyed are currently using or considering Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) as part of their IT strategy.” It seems as though, based on its apparent success, that many mid-market and smaller businesses are adopting VDI as part of their strategy to keep up with the times.

Defining VDI:

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), also referred to as “desktop virtualization”, is a computing model that inserts a level of virtualization between the server and the physical desktop. VDI allows System Administrators to provide end users with convenient access to their desktop images from virtually anywhere and with the same capabilities as if they were at their office, while concurrently increasing information security throughout the enterprise.

 

Why Your Enterprise Would Benefit From VDI

There are several key benefits that come from implementing a virtual desktop infrastructure. Often cited as the top three benefits when considering VDI adoption—quicker deployment, simplified support and maintenance and lower hardware cost—all seem to be the aid in the decision to implement a virtual environment.

Other key benefits include:

  • Improved data security
  • Reduced IT costs due to fewer tech support issues
  • Being able to set up a desktop in minutes versus hours
  • Less compatibility issues, especially with single-user software
  • Thin Clients are more energy efficient than traditional desktop computers

Another major improvement in the VDI arena is that of ‘desktop-as-a-service’ (DaaS). It has become more rewarding and less of a gamble for SMBs to acquire turnkey VDI, on a pay as you go basis, rather than deal with possible server headaches. Like Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), DaaS, is a model put in practice largely through the availability cloud computing resources. Though both services are similar, DaaS involves making the entire desktop infrastructure readily and easily accessible regardless of location, not just the software or product.

Looking Ahead at The Future of VDI:

It’s not surprising that, like many technology trends, VDI is taking its time to reach its full potential. Some may argue, but the fact of the matter is that VDI still has an outstanding future ahead. Taking the appropriate security precautions will allow VDI to come full circle around ideas like “consumer-hosted desktops” in the cloud and support for multiple diverse access devices, such as Tablet and PDAs. This leads onto the next technology trend that mirrors VDI and that is Bring your own Device (BYOD). Request a free VDI consultation by filling out the form to the right.

 

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Michael Kupfer is the President and CEO of Black Diamond Solutions. Concentrating on virtualization and storage issues, he addresses the litany of challenges faced by businesses and provides optimal, cost-effective strategies that enhance technology infrastructure.

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