What is a VDI desktop?
What is VDI and how does it work? Can it benefit an organization? How to successfully implement it? These questions are often asked concerning Virtual Desktop Infrastructure or VDI. In simple terms, VDI is a desktop virtualization solution where a desktop and its OS runs and is managed over a central data center. The desktop image is virtualized and delivered over a network to an endpoint device, which in turn allows the user to interact with the OS and its applications however it would when run locally.
Presenting virtualized applications and desktops to users would fall under the umbrella of end-user computing, more commonly known as EUC. Windows-based VDI is one of the most common workloads but with high demand, today you can also find Linux-based desktops!
How the user prefers to access VDI depends on the organizations’ configuration and capabilities, which can range from automatic presentation at login to manual selection of the virtual desktop and launching it by the user. After the user gains access to the virtual desktop, the primary focus is shifted to the technology, which mirrors the look and experience of a local workstation.
How does VDI work?
Since we understand what VDI is and how it could potentially help employees, let’s understand how the technology works. In VDI deployments, you can observe the following characteristics:
- The virtual desktops are located within Virtual Machines on a centralized server.
- Each Virtual desktop encompasses an OIS image, most commonly Microsoft Windows.
- The VMs are host-based, which means multiple instances of them can be hosted on the same server within the data center, simultaneously.
- End clients need to be connected at all times to the central server to access the virtual desktop.
- The VDI implementation’s connection broker will find the right virtual desktop image within the resource pool of the main server, to successfully connect clients to their personalized VDI.
- A hypervisor is responsible for creating, running, and managing various host machines and their VMs, which encapsulate the individual VDI.
In the modern workspace, numerous apps need to be accessed on-demand. VDI can facilitate secure and convenient access which can boost employee productivity in a remote workspace.
The Numerous Benefits of VDI
What VDI is, is a phenomenal technology that allows both companies and their employees to work in an environment that mirrors the local workspace. However, apart from simply mirroring the experience, VDI offers numerous benefits, including:
- Scalability: Cloud computing has allowed VDI to be much more enticing as it enables scalable infrastructure. By consolidating all of the desktop applications and images on a host server, it reduces hardware requirements and purchases by a huge percentage.
- Security: VDI allows organizations to maintain complete confidentiality and run secure virtual images, as the applications are live on the host server and not the user’s device itself. If a device is stolen or hacked into, the connectivity of the device to the central server can be terminated.
- Accessibility: VDI allows end-users to use any device they are comfortable with to gain remote access to their work desktop instance. Users can access their files, applications, and cloud-based services from any location, at any time. This prompts a better user experience and makes it significantly easier for employees to work from home!
VDI, in conclusion, is a comprehensive, affordable, and efficient solution to improve morale and productivity along with ease of access for your remote workforce!