Virtual desktop infrastructure, or VDI, deploys desktop environments through virtual machines. For example, a remote employee accesses their in-office desktop from a laptop at home. Or a field technician accesses their company’s database from a job site 20 miles away. VDI is ideal for companies that need:
In short, VDI puts everything on a central server so you can access resources from anywhere. All you need is an approved endpoint (or device) and a network. Here’s how it works:
Companies that use virtual desktop infrastructure enjoy several benefits like:
Instead of processing on the device, VDI processes via the central server. This means you can use older or less powerful devices to accomplish the same tasks. And you don’t have to invest in new and expensive hardware.
VDI stores data on the central server, not the device itself. Make sure you configure the VDI system so that it authenticates users. Also, ensure it keeps updated operating system images. This way if a device gets lost, stolen, or compromised, you can cut off connectivity.
Anyone who uses VDI can connect to a virtual desktop from nearly any location or device. This makes it easy for employees to access everything they need to work. Plus, they can stay productive from wherever they are in the world.
Since every virtual desktop lives in the same place, it’s easier to make changes. This includes patches, updates, and configurations. Your IT team or managed service provider can quickly make changes on the fly as needed.
VDI empowers employees to “bring your own device” (BYOD) to access virtual desktops. Some employees prefer to use desktops. Some like laptops. And others might prefer tablets. This makes working from home or in the field easier for everyone.
When you mix VDI and cloud computing, the sky’s the limit. This further reduces your need for expensive hardware. And you get to scale resources up and down as you see fit.
Grant employees limited access to info and tools
There’s no need for customizable desktops
All virtual desktops can be patched or upgraded quickly
Employees can access company resources from any location
“Bring your own device” (work from any device, including tablets)
Everyone has access to the same network and resources at all times
Work with independent contractors or business partners
Grant third-parties access without investing in company-owned hardware
Control access to company resources
Heavily regulatd industries (like health and medical servicese)
Prevent improper storage of confidential information
The central server stores data, not each individual device