VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure): Making tablets more productive in the workplace
A Virtual Desktop Infrastructure provides a great way for businesses to manage their users’ desktop experience in an efficient and cost effective way. The reduced effort of managing each machine separately, but on a unified platform, allows administrators to be more productive even with limited resources.
The desktop virtualization technology separates the production desktop environment, and any associated applications, from a client’s actual device. The desktop environment is deployed from a centralized server, which can be accessed on practically any computing device with network access. All the virtualized components of the desktop allow for an extremely flexible and secure desktop delivery model. A business can easily implement inexpensive tablets for their workforce (instead of laptops or desktops) that would allow the employees to connect to this centralized system; this approach can make tablets far more productive than if used without the VDI.
The VDI solution offers numerous advantages, such as:
A typical IT infrastructure requires managing workstations using a remote software technology. However, managing dozens, or even hundreds of computers is a daunting task. A VDI offers exemplary control to the system administrators, allowing them to control what software can be accessed by the users. Besides this, the software itself only needs to be set up on the servers – allowing all client workstations to access it.
VMware, a company that is credited to deriving the term ‘Virtual Desktop Infrastructure’, developed VDI software named HorizonView that allows managing the desktop, applications and all data as centralized services. Citrix also offers their product, XenDesktop, as a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure solution.
VDI offers unsurpassed security advantages. System administrators can prevent copying of any data image to client workstations. Also, no software is installed on the client workstations, so if an employee’s tablet is lost or stolen, there would be no need to wipe the remote device of sensitive data; the data could easily be accessed by login in from another device since it’s not stored locally.
OS Migrations Made Easy
Previously, any migration to a new operating system required checking of a workstation’s hardware capabilities to ensure they can handle the new OS. With VDI, all that is required is to set up an image of the new operating system at the centralized location and allow access to a specific individual or group of clients.
Creation and Access to VDI Images
VDI images can be created and stored to meet seasonal requirements of a company. If a third-party contractor is granted access to the network, then these images can be easily encrypted for safety purposes.
These virtual desktop solutions provide excellent flexibility. The centralized applications can be easily accessed by a range of devices, including BYO tablets, smartphones, desktop computers, Macs and thin clients. Citrix XenDesktop is an example of a virtual desktop delivery system that offers a cloud style centralized system to reduce costs.
Simplified Troubleshooting and Greater Reliability
If any problems in the infrastructure are detected, only the server would need to be checked and rectified. If a client-side problem exists, such as any faults in an employee’s tablet, then that employee could login using any other workstation and continue work without compromising productivity, as the data resides on the server and not client workstations.