The world is increasingly becoming virtual, and the recent global pandemic has accelerated this trend with many businesses empowering their workforce to work remotely. While it posed a challenge initially, organizations have slowly adapted to this new working model that seems to have now become a default way of working. Though much of the workforce is returning to the office as countries open up, many have retained the flexibility granted to the workforce during lockdowns in what is called a hybrid model whereby employees work part of the week from the office and part remotely. In such a working model, desktop virtualization plays a pivotal role. Virtualization of the desktop affords users access to all their corporate applications and work files while ensuring that employees maintain control and security over the corporate data and application access. Desktop virtualization also enables workers to collaborate across long distances, continents, and even time zones, thus making them more productive and affording them more flexible.
Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), is a technology that enables end-users to connect and work remotely and not be bound to their physical desktops located in their offices. By adopting VDI, companies have realized higher productivity and efficiency while also ensuring a healthy work-life balance for their employees.
With VDI, an employee’s desktop is virtualized on a centralized server instead of using resources through various devices. All applications, computational power, and storage space is accessed centrally rather than from individual desktop devices. A Virtual Desktop application can therefore run on a “thin” client with less hardware resources. While the benefits of VDI are numerous, here are a few of the most important ones:
Provides immense flexibility: A user can access the desktop absolutely from anywhere. This not only gives them the freedom to work from outside of the office, but also from places where setting up a system is not possible or in an area where connectivity may be an issue. It enables companies to continue their work across time zones as employees can work according to their convenience.
Improved access and compatibility: Since VDI works in a simple principle of sending basic input and output data, from the centralized server to the virtualized endpoint, it can be accessed from almost any device including mobile phones, tablets, single-board computers, thin clients, Chromebook, or a standard home machine. It also enables users to work on cross-platform operating systems. So, for instance, with VDI, you can access a Windows OS on an Apple system. This can have a positive impact on the costs of end-user hardware.
Collaborative in nature: With VDI, the workload is established on a centralized location, which allows users to access files from different locations. This is particularly useful for organizations that deal with a large amount of data or files or need a lot of collaborative functions or deal with large-scale operations.
Safe and secure: As VDI only works by sending basic input and output data, all the sensitive information related to the company and its customers remains within the secure and centralized on-premise or in the cloud. This makes working on virtual desktops highly safe and secure. Given the modern security threats, VDI is an essential technology to minimize the impacts of these threats often emanating from vulnerabilities in the endpoint. VDI also gives enterprises better control over their sensitive data since all data is stored centrally and secured using strong authentication systems.