For large companies which depend on the use of multiple computers, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure or VDI is quickly becoming the best solution to ensuring seamless and effective management of IT systems. On the face of it this kind of software can appear confusing, which is why today we are going to break down, in simple terms, what a VDI workspace is and how it can benefit businesses around the world.
The reality is that for all the jargon surrounding this kind of solution, in practice it is very simple and it is certainly something which helps a range of businesses, no matter what industry they are in. Let’s take a look then at the nuts and bolts of this software solution.
Breaking it Down
What a VDI does is use a single server to create a virtual version of each employee’s desktop. This is done though the use of software and a hardware connection, which enables users to connect to their desktop virtually, from anywhere in the world. All that is needed in order to make this connection is the right software attached to the server on site, and an internet connection at both ends of the connection — one for the employee and another for the employer.
Why VDI Is Important
The main reason why we are seeing such a boom in the use of this software solution is the fact that fewer and fewer people now work from the office. This is of course predominantly because of the pandemic and the lock-down which followed, but we also saw many offices prior to that start to make a shift to a more remote way of working. The issue which so many businesses have when its employees are working remotely, is that they are not uniformly operating as they would if they were all sat at their desktops.
Difference in Persistent and Non-Persistent
Two key differences to understand here are persistent and no-persistent VDI, which will Abe a choice that a business has to make. A persistent VDI will see a user connect to their personal desktop which features all of the information which they will personally need. A lower cost option for companies is non-persistent VDI which sees users connect to a generic desktop within the business. Using the latter means that there is no room for customization, which may suit the business if all employees carry out basic and repetitive tasks, rather than needing their own unique additions.
Benefits of VDI
Along with cost savings and the additional security which VDI brings, we cannot ignore just how dynamic this makes a business. Allowing its employees to connect remotely is something which brings them into the modern age and offers them a plethora of benefits which both the employer and the employee love. Additionally the business is able to manage all desktops from one centralized location which gives full control over operations.
This is the basics of VDI for business and why so many are looking to implement it.