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Imagine not having to carry around a laptop or be sitting in a cubicle to access your work desktop applications
By: Peter Silva
Mar. 16, 2017 04:00 PM
What is VDI?
Employees typically use a wide range of mobile devices from laptops to tablets and from desktops to smartphones are being used. The diversity of these mobile devices and the sheer number of them in the workplace can overwhelm IT and strain your resources.
Desktop Virtualization centralizes sets of desktops, usually in a data center or cloud environment, and then provide access to your employees whether they are in the office, at home or mobile. VDI deployments virtualize user desktops by delivering them to distinctive endpoint devices over the network from a central location. There are many reasons why organizations deploy VDI solutions – it’s easier for IT to manage, it can reduce capital expenditures, improve security and helps companies run a ‘greener’ business.
Since users’ primary work tools are now located in a data center rather than on their own local machines, VDI can strain network resources, and the user experience can be negatively affected. Desktop virtualization is a bit more complex than server virtualization since it requires more network infrastructure, servers, server administrators, authentication systems, and storage. VDI’s effect on the network is significant; it may necessitate infrastructure changes to accommodate the large volume of client information that will be traversing the network. When a user’s desktop moves from a physical machine under the desk to the data center, the user experience becomes paramount; a poor VDI deployment will result in IT being ﬂooded with “My desktop is too slow” calls.
Deploying virtual desktops can also increase IT efficiency and reduce IT workload since the desktops are centralized. It also benefits IT with greater access and compliance control, while at the same time, allowing employees the freedom to use their mobile device of choice. IT departments can remove obsolete versions of application software or perhaps enhance the security policy. Either way, the employee always has the most up to date desktop image.
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