Many companies are using VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) to improve security and efficiency. While a virtual desktop environment is perfect for remote workers, it has plenty of uses in-office as well. Consider the following when deciding to adopt virtual desktops for your business.
VDI, or Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, uses virtual machines to create a virtual desktop on an end user’s device. A virtual desktop is a preconfigured image of the operating system and applications a user needs to perform their work. This virtual desktop is hosted on a centralized server and can be accessed from any compatible device.
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Because VDI allows you to work on the same virtual desktop from almost any physical machine, it’s easy to get work done from anywhere. Persistent VDI saves you time and improves continuity of work between home and the office. You can also save on machine costs since processing for a virtual desktop happens on the host server, not the end user’s machine.
Since your VDI is hosted on a central server, your work is better protected from endpoint attacks. Data is stored on the central server rather than on the end user device, and access to the central server can be monitored and controlled to mitigate cyberattacks. Additionally, centralization makes it easier to push critical patches and updates to all virtual desktops in a workplace.
VDI can be set up to allow for multiple-users. This works well for organizations like call centers with many employees using the same software. Virtual desktops are also ideal for BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) work environments because it separates the user’s personal desktop from their virtualized work desktop.
Even though it can streamline the end user experience, VDI can be a complex solution to implement, and may require greater investments in IT staff or a third-party IT provider. Additionally, a virtual desktop depends on a stable, fast internet connection. Otherwise, latency can significantly interfere with the end user experience.
Ultimately, the answer to whether or not VDI is right for you is different for every organization. Call your Digital Agent to get an expert consultation on virtual desktops and all things business technology.
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