VDI is the process of facilitating access to a user desktop in a virtual machine (VM) that runs on a remote server. This technology involves storing and performing desktop workloads in the VM so that users can interact with the desktop OS through a remote display protocol.
With VDI and a reliable network connection, users can access virtual desktops and applications to perform specialized tasks via any device of their choice. Some examples include Linux, Mac, PCs, smartphones, thin clients and zero clients. VDI solutions accommodate every possible use case, from administrative workers and high-performing power users to mobile users who are constantly on-the-go
The superior IT infrastructure performance efficiencies of VDI position this technology’s enterprise role for every industry now and in the coming decades. Successful and customizable VDI such as ClearCube solutions drive great UX by allowing IT to host and oversee VMs in the datacenter while ensuring that end users gain a familiar PC experience.
For example, ClearCube’s engineering team specializes in developing innovative and custom solutions like SmartVDI Host Infrastructure for the most demanding IT scenarios. Non tech-savvy businesses can especially benefit as they prefer an element of predictability from embracing what would be a completely new and innovative technology for them.
This is exactly what businesses expect when moving to virtual desktop computing from legacy systems. With desktop virtualization, they can leverage the power of simplicity and manageability while managing data rich and graphics intensive applications. Enterprises can then expand their use cases by shifting mission and time critical applications from desktops to data centers while ensuring a localized experience.
In the latest edition of Technavio’s Global Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Market report, research analysts expect VDI to show promising growth across the international market. They also forecast its market to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of over 11% by 2020.
Keeping these in view, the following sections cover the top five reasons why organizations should incorporate virtual desktop solutions into their IT environments.
Effective Desktop Management
Managing multiple PCs in a vastly distributed workplace is a complicated and time consuming process. Traditional PC hardware also makes it challenging for IT administrators to modify desktop configurations as per users’ varying requirements. This calls for change in the digital age because real-time on-demand access to desktop environments has increased for supporting remote users and customers.
Why is this so? Firstly, desktop virtualization technology offers both scalability and performance benefits for proactive desktop management which legacy systems and other infrastructures lack. Let’s consider an example.
VDI eliminates the need to depend on a Windows kernel for organizing multi-user sessions. Essentially, every code which runs in Windows kernel mode is assigned the same virtual address space. This means that the kernel driver is not separated from the OS or other drivers. If the kernel mode driver becomes inoperational or mistakenly writes to an incorrect virtual address, users lose information which is secured within those drivers and the OS.
Desktop virtualization mitigates such risks by allowing user sessions to draw on resources across multiple servers. This improves scalability, stability and performance in environments where productivity is always key.
IT can also repurpose and modernize existing desktops by leveraging VDI technology’s blazingly fast speed and vast shared storage capabilities. For instance, ClearCube offers solutions which are custom built for space savings and high density and can support enterprise computing infrastructure. This drives high performance, streamlines datacenter footprint and surpasses what individual traditional PCs are capable of delivering.
Additionally, a centralized desktop management system makes it easier to monitor several desktops and specifically control which applications are used and installed there. This helps business strengthen and centralize data protection and ascertain that IT chooses the right application delivery configurations for virtual desktops.
In a nutshell, effective desktop management with VDI leads to:
- Reduced IT costs and burden because administrators can supervise every workstation from a central location. This allows them to invest time and effort in planning and preparing business resources for achieving other strategic outcomes.
IT Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
Planning ahead for disaster recovery and business continuity often requires IT administrators to evaluate several considerations in protecting sensitive corporate data. This is because both technical and natural catastrophes are capable of bringing an entire company’s operations to a complete standstill and organizations should ascertain Continuity of Operations (COOP) in these non-ideal situations.
Given that around-the-clock data and application availability plays a crucial role in achieving success, IT must pay careful attention to information security detail. In a distributed PC environment, system failures often lead to extended user downtime and administrators must analyze the source before they could troubleshoot and fix the problem. This may cause substantial financial setback and more importantly, loss of important intellectual property as downtime could expand into days or months especially in remote areas.
In such scenarios, the benefit of adopting VDI is that individual devices and PCs do not store data. Powerful servers host the IT environment and they rapidly transfer workloads to a dedicated VM in case of application glitches, hardware failure or other technical complications. Using the VDI approach to isolate user data from desktops ensures that IT can easily access and backup information which remains secured within a separate centrally managed location.
Apart from establishing proactive data security, backup and recovery, VDI solutions promote end user business continuity. Organizations with on-site IT systems are always vulnerable to common threats like power outages and malicious links which infect network connected devices and routers. Proactive VDI technologies guarantee uptime and monitor downtime threshold for limiting it as much as possible. These solutions aptly demonstrate preparedness in both foreseen and unprecedented disasters. Let’s consider an instance.
Cloud solutions serve as an effective business continuity platform for cloud-based virtual desktops and applications. Essentially, cloud-hosted VDI supports powerful and measurable desktop disaster recovery by accurately scaling up capacity in the event of inevitable catastrophes. This eliminates the time and resources which would otherwise be spent on replicating infrastructures to provide ongoing business support in times of crisis. These resources generally go to waste as they either remain idle or are insufficiently utilized during regular operations.
Hence, VDI facilitates near zero downtime by shifting users to virtual desktops which are never lost and can be easily accessed from disaster recovery sites. This accelerates productivity, upholds competitiveness and increases overall business value.
The ability of VDI to accelerate infrastructure and user security with its robust technologies justifies its standing as one of the most versatile computing solutions today. Let’s examine some ways in which this is done.
VDI technology facilitates data completeness and secures organizational information structure by centralizing and consolidating corporate content into secure locations like the cloud and datacenter. In essence, the cloud and datacenter architecture integrate built-in features which promote ease of overall VDI security supervision and management.
Furthermore, securing data in remote VDI servers as opposed to storing it locally on endpoint devices improves protection against bugs, viruses and malware attacks. This is on account of the former offering more user control over application and desktop distribution.
Fundamentally, businesses must remain agile and adopt a holistic approach to security. This especially holds true for organizations embracing mobility as they need a versatile infrastructure to keep operations up and running. At its core, VDI adoption is on the rise because its solutions are designed to meet these enterprise-level security mandates. The following example illustrates this point.
As we know, desktop virtualization promotes centralized desktop management and builds a workplace revolving around regulatory compliance. Now, consider the security threats associated with implementing BYOD programs. While this promotes effective mobility, the risk of allowing staff to access information and applications using personal devices often translates into malware or data breach attempts.
VDI facilitates a unified point of desktop security from where IT has full visibility into these situations especially where internal sources can potentially access data anywhere through any device. This enables administrators to act quickly by restricting access to network resources when needed.
Promotes Efficiency and Productivity
A few years ago, legacy infrastructure gravitated towards micro-management of devices such as maintaining individual hard drives and downloading software. In today’s reality where businesses oversee multiple growing networks and devices, IT administrators must prioritize monitoring, manageability and superior performance as these elements contribute to robust IT systems.
Additionally, businesses should consistently revamp the quality of their computing infrastructure to meet KPIs timely and accommodate users who are increasingly working remotely. For instance, companies can consolidate VDI into all flash storage solutions for rolling out numerous desktops within a matter of minutes. This drives low latency and high performance sessions at minimum carbon footprint.
VDI also enables organizations to assign resources promptly. This eliminates time-wasting activities like individually installing applications on devices because all users need is IT to authorize access on the basis of their computing needs and tasks. Furthermore, businesses can drive dynamic UX and improve the overall workplace environment by unifying their VDI deployments with business monitors.
For instance, organizations now manage a more geographically diverse workforce which works overseas or operates in locations such as hotels. For this, they need to set up an environment where users can access specialized functionalities and applications like they would in physical offices.
With VDI, remote staff can log in from any location without having to manage complex hardware connections and configurations. Using Virtual Display Manager, IT can allocate multi-monitor systems to accelerate on-the-go user productivity because this solution effectively supports remote connections. Users can scale the virtual display layouts to match different requirements and this technology accommodates multiple physical monitors. The resulting benefits include maximized efficiency and ease of remote support.
Resource Controls and Business Agility
As established, VDI solutions elevate UX to a whole new level by promoting business mobility and infrastructure responsiveness. Essentially, it all comes down to how well organizations map resources to facilitate different workloads. For example, are businesses scaling resource capacity in accordance with user requirements?
In any case, VDI makes it easier for IT to reprovision bulk workloads for matching resources which then enable both remote and onsite users to initiate tasks effortlessly. Streamlining resource controls allows businesses to adapt quickly to evolving user demands, improve employee performance and achieve dynamic scalability.
These accelerate process flows and allow organizations to receive improved and actionable insights on resource stacks for optimized allocation. This further allows the management to define and set better SOPs for achieving high performance.
IT can also effectively integrate new users into organizations by cloning desktops from the centralized server. Administrators can rapidly provision from the principal VM whenever additional desktops are required. They can complete the process just in time for users to sign in and begin working immediately. This minimizes the number of any spare machines which IT may require for preparing and provisioning desktops.
Hence, smart virtual desktop technology assists new hires in settling into a workplace which promotes better delivery capabilities.
Ultimately, successful VDI initiatives promote modern data center developments with optimization standards which drive maximum productivity at a lower total cost of ownership.
Considering the many benefits of embracing VDI, contact a ClearCube representative today for additional information on how you too can achieve business success with our desktop virtualization solutions.