An Overview of VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure), What It Is, and Its Advantages

September 28, 2022
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An Overview of VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure), What It Is, and Its Advantages

Major developments are underway within the workplace ecosystem as remote working and hybrid cloud ecosystems increasingly become mainstream. With the disbursement of personnel and environments, it has become more challenging to satisfy the infrastructure and management requirements necessary for a company to succeed. As a result of these issues, IT professionals seek solutions designed to streamline the administration of these systems at a reasonable cost. Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) offers such a solution.

What is VDI desktop?

Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) refers to the development and maintenance of desktop components and programs that enable users to work and utilize applications and resources from remote locations and the office environment. VDI virtual desktop implementations can be facilitated by virtualizing computing systems — also called virtual machines (VMs) — allowing businesses to run various software applications and operating systems simultaneously in a data center.

An operating system from a provider such as Microsoft enables VDI virtual desktops, which run within virtual machines on a host server. This virtualization effectively allows the deployment of information, resources, applications, and desktop interfaces through the internet without requiring an in-house data center.

VDI virtual desktop allows personnel to access their work from a remote location just as they would in-office. Moreover, team members can use whichever device is more comfortable for them, such as a PC, laptop, tablet, or smartphone.

VDI Virtual Desktop Benefits

Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) has many benefits (among them):

  • A scalable infrastructure: Virtual desktops have become more appealing due to the cloud. By using adaptable infrastructure to provide resources as needed, the consolidation of the full VDI desktop infrastructure onto a host server lowers overall costs because businesses don't have to purchase or maintain the necessary hardware.
  • Management structure: The virtual desktop infrastructure allows administrators to patch, maintain, and modify all virtualized desktops simultaneously. As a result, there is no need to repair and maintain the entire network of desktop computers on an individual basis. Moreover, in the event of a major disruption, the data center has all information backed up and supported.
  • Enhanced Security: VDI desktop services allow organizations to preserve and protect their sensitive information because the data isn't stored on the users' individual devices but within the data center. If the employee's laptop, desktop, or other device is compromised, the hacker cannot access the organization's data. Of course, the effectiveness of the security will depend upon the IT team's vigilance regarding system management, and the authentication process for the remote users has to be rigid and scrupulously maintained.
  • Improved user experience. Employees are allowed to use the device of their choice in the manner of their choice, making the remote working experience easier and more convenient.
  • Lower cost. The overheads for maintaining legacy hardware will be lowered considerably due to the reduced need to upgrade and maintain in-office hardware.

At GCSIT, we offer comprehensive VDI desktop solutions to organizations across sectors, helping businesses of all sizes maximize their profitability, efficiency, and overall potential. To learn more about VDI desktop solutions, please contact our helpful representatives to schedule an in-depth consultation. 

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