While the recent push toward remote work has been out of necessity, this new trend isn’t without potential issues. More people working from home means home networks will be targeted for cyberattacks. It can also mean rising costs for businesses who need to provide laptops and mobile devices to their employees so they can do their jobs remotely. Thankfully, one of the solutions available to meet these challenges is virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI).
What is VDI?
VDI is the name given to virtual desktop PC environments that are hosted on a server (whether on premises or in the cloud). Essentially, end users can access any desktop environment you can think of via virtual machines (VM) and a network connection. While VDI is a type of desktop virtualization, they are not the same thing. VDI specifically relies on a host-based virtual machine architecture and doesn’t include local desktop virtualization or hosted shared virtualization.
How does it work?
Every VDI instance must meet certain criteria:
What are the benefits of VDI?
- Virtual desktop images have to be hosted on a centralized server.
- All VMs must be host-based.
- End clients all have to be connected to the central server.
- Once a connection is established, a virtual desktop is automatically located from the available pool.
- The host machine VMs that make up each environment are overseen by a virtual machine monitor (VMM) or hypervisor, and VMMs create, manage and run the VDI VMs.
In today’s climate of remote work and workforce mobility, VDI can be a game changer for businesses that implement it at scale. Allowing users to connect from anywhere to a specific desktop environment can make all the difference, especially for companies with limited office access or in instances where providing laptops for employees’ home use isn’t feasible. VDI can also provide cost savings because advanced hardware isn’t necessary to run virtual environments. Security is also improved since data isn’t stored locally on the computers used to connect to the VMs. In fact, the VDI can be controlled from a single point, making monitoring traffic or applying security patches much simpler.
For more information on how virtual desktop infrastructure can help your customers do remote work right, contact the experts at Ingram Micro.