Application Delivery Strategies for VDI Solutions

September 28, 2022
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Application Delivery Strategies for VDI Solutions

If you think a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) investment is right for your business, there are a few things you should weigh:

  • Do you need VDI?
  • What is the value-for-cost?
  • How much of your digital business infrastructure needs virtualization?

However, there is probably another issue you haven't considered. How does your new cloud-based solution affect application performance for the end-users? The application delivery is a critical component of how your applications function.

Your desktop administrator's most serious challenge might be application management. The requirements sometimes conflict, or the hardware components aren't compatible with central processing units, etc. Administrators ensure the smooth functioning of oftentimes disparate applications. However, they too often fail to take application delivery into account. When they design and launch virtualized desktop infrastructure (VDI), application delivery often suffers. This shortcoming can cause a multitude of challenges down the line from an end-user perspective.

Most businesses prioritizing the following concerns:

  • Assuring the virtual desktop interface, layout, and images have been optimized
  • Making sure the structure has been configured using the appropriate dimensions
  • Facilitating the implementation of accurate security protocols

The above are critical elements that management teams must address. However, it's the application delivery that requires prioritization. Failing to develop an appropriate strategy can lead to challenges later on.

An application delivery mechanism is necessary to install applications on a virtual desktop. However, numerous digital innovations have caused an evolution in application delivery, significantly opening up new methods that can be successfully applied. If your VDI solution's application delivery is going to meet your needs and expectations, you'll have to take the following into account.

Rank the importance of your applications.

The apps that are going to be used by every team member should be included in the base image. For example, Microsoft Office will probably be used across departments, so that package should be installed in the base image. However, department-specific applications, like accounting packages and HR management software should be ranked differently.

Decide whether full virtual machines or linked-clone desktops will be better for your operations.

Will your team need a replica of a physical desktop with the ability to customize applications independently of the parent virtual machine? Will you need a virtual machine for multiple tasks and sharing? If the former, a full virtual machine would be the more appropriate choice. If the latter, a linked-clone desktop.

Develop a strategy for addressing the delivery of specialized applications.

Sometimes, a team member will require a particular application that serves a niche purpose but is nonetheless essential for specific situations. Decide how you want to deliver these apps and which delivery method is appropriate.

At GCSIT, we partner closely with our clients to help them discover the best architecture for their computing needs, goals, and budgets. Please visit our contact page to schedule a consultation with our expert team.

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