What is Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)?

Many large changes have taken over the modern business landscape as cloud environments and work from home opportunities become more prevalent. With employees being more spread out than ever before, companies have found it difficult to provide the security, manageability and infrastructure needed to keep things running smoothly. One of the tools that has been created to help simplify the management of these unique environments without annihilating already dwindling budgets is Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI).

VDI is most easily defined as the hosting of desktop environments through one central server. As a form of desktop virtualization, specific desktop images are launched withing Virtual Machines (VM) so they can be delivered to an end user over a network. Often, these transmission points will be personal computers or other designated devices like phones, tablets and much more. In each VDI deployment, a few characteristics apply. Some of the most important things to keep in mind include:

  • Each Virtual Desktop functions of a designated OS, generally Microsoft’s Windows.
  • The VDI connection broker pairs users with VMs to allows successful connections.
  • Each Virtual Desktop is housed within a VM on the central server.
  • End users have to stay connected to the central server to maintain access through a VM.
  • All VMs are host-based, allowing for multiple instances on the same server.

When a workspace requires multiple applications to be accessed on demand, sometimes simultaneously, the VDI will be responsible for creating the most secure and efficient route for remote access. This, in turn, helps boost employee productivity since minimal downtimes, loading times or data delays can be achieved. More importantly, a VDI can also ensure consistency – even when employees are working across multiple devices.

What are the Benefits of VDI?

VDI works to provide a whole host of benefits for a variety of worker types. Some of the industries that benefit from VDI deployments each day include, mobile employees, field technicians, contractors, teachers, medical professionals and much more. This technology is now considered the standard when remote works need a way to access the applications and services a company provides to create highly personalized digital workspaces on the fly.

While there are many benefits for end users, VDI also provides a way for businesses to cut costs and lower hardware requirements that an internal IT team is responsible for. Most of the processing that occurs within VDI systems are server-based, meaning the need for cutting-edge servers or other expensive hardware that must be replaced regularly is voided. To further stress the benefit of this feature alone, that means that any existing equipment that is at the end of its technological lifespan will not need to be replaced and can instead be virtualized.

Why Choose SET for VDI Implementation?

Small Enterprise Technology offers Managed IT Services. We monitor the health of your systems around the clock and will identify issues that may impact your network performance. Identified issues are resolved proactively with no customer involvement the vast majority of the time. To learn more about how SET can help your business implement and maintain your own VDI implementation, call us at (918) 965-0045 or contact us today