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3 GREAT ADVANTAGES OF VDI

POSTED BY APPANNA GANAPATHY

The concept of virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) has been around for many years now. With the rise of cloud services, most companies have had some exposure to this architecture variation, even if they may not be aware of the fact. Although it has not received the same attention and buzz that surround cloud computing, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure has enjoyed a quiet but steady rise in the IT segment and recent predictions from industry experts foresee a further increase.

Despite such consistent growth and a widening variety of uses across different industries, many IT decision makers still don’t recognise the power of Virtual Desktop Infrastructure and the potential it holds for their organisations. Here are three benefits of the technology that may remind these tech giants just how advantageous virtual desktops can be when integrated into their various departments:

  1. Cloud capabilities

Virtualisation is often called the predecessor to cloud computing, and organisations that get a grip on virtual desktop functionality are much better equipped to leverage large-scale cloud solutions, whether they be homegrown or through a dedicated vendor. As IT World Canada stated, VDI has come a long way from its early iterations, as the delivery of these solutions is now highly streamlined and manageable by IT departments of all sizes. This consumer-centric framework is the essence of the cloud and modern IT at large.

“There is still some uncertainty with what VDI today is like and how it is different from the early days of VDI,” said Michael Berman, senior sales engineer for virtualisation and Software-as-a-Service company Citrix, according to the news source. “There’s still a lot of misconception and misunderstanding.”

  1. Mobile mastery

While VDI offers endless value in the office environment, the real impact of these solutions is in the mobile domain, TechTarget recently asserted. Using web portals, client applications or other VPN entry points, IT departments can deliver data sets and tools to end users on their smartphones, tablets and laptops without sacrificing any of the functionality that employees have come to expect from their services. As the source explained, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure thrives with the BYOD policies that many organisations have been so eager to promote.

By building an enterprise mobility plan based on VDI, an organisation also exercises a much greater level of control over factors such as end user authorisation, application deployment, as well as the privacy of end user information that becomes a controversial topic in such scenarios. Since solutions are developed and maintained in a centralised location, these processes remain under the command of the IT department rather than unaware end users.

  1. Enhanced security

It may not be immediately clear how Virtual Desktop Infrastructure can benefit organisations in this regard, but the software-based nature of virtualisation actually works wonders for a company’s cybersecurity footprint when implemented properly. This is because data and applications aren’t actually stored or powered by end user devices themselves – they are merely displayed by data centre systems that keep these assets safe from harm. When mobile devices serve as a conduit for information rather than a storage environment, risk is dramatically decreased.

Of course, VDI unto itself won’t necessarily tighten up security controls unless organisations promote clear and stable mobile policies that make the most of the technology. Companies that use VDI in conjunction with strong access protocols will be most likely to enjoy the advanced security benefits of this technology, especially if they choose to deploy a solution developed by a dedicated service provider.

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