VDI virtual desktop technology is becoming an essential feature for businesses across industries. Here’s what you should know about VDI virtual desktop services. GCSIT specializes in integrating VDI Desktop-as-a-Service for businesses across sectors.
Desktop virtualization (virtual desktop infrastructure, or VDI) involves running a desktop operating system - usually Microsoft Windows - in a data center and managing it remotely. The operating system and applications are accessible through the virtual desktop, delivered over the network to an end-user device or endpoint. Mobile devices, thin client devices, and traditional PCs may be endpoints.
There are a number of factors contributing to the growth of the VDI virtual desktop market, including increased adoption of BYOD (bring-your-own-device) initiatives and the need for more flexible work options. VDI provided by the cloud, or VDI Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS), is extremely popular. According to Allied Market Research, the market for cloud-based VDI was worth $3.6 million in 2016 and is expected to reach over $10 million by 2023.
Due to the sudden need for users to work from home during lockdowns, the COVID-19 pandemic has created a significant demand for DaaS. As a result of desktop virtualization's adaptability, DaaS was quickly deployed, making it extraordinarily helpful while stay-at-home orders were in place.
VDI requirements are an important part of building the future-proof infrastructure for organizations embarking on their journey to the cloud. DaaS is expected to be quite popular in the future since it's a subscription-based Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model, the same model many software developers have moved toward.
It makes sense for vendors, too, to subscribe to the cloud. Subscriptions provide a steady, reliable revenue stream instead of creating irregular revenue bumps by performing one-off transactions. Due to the advantages of subscription-based services, such as lower upfront costs and maintenance fees, vendors can more easily sell them.
In essence, end-user computing (EUC) is the concept of offering virtualized desktops and applications to users. VMware first introduced the term VDI, and it has since become the standard abbreviation for virtual desktop infrastructure.
VDI virtual desktop technology can be accessed in multiple ways depending on the organization's configuration. Some are automatic, such as presenting the virtual desktop at logon, while others require the user to select the virtual desktop, then start it. Virtual desktops grab the user's attention and have a look and feel comparable to a normal workstation as soon as the user opens the desktop. Applications can be selected and the user can start working immediately.
GCSIT partners with organizations across industries to integrate VDI virtual desktop technologies into their information technology infrastructure. Please contact us to discuss your business’s IT needs with a GCSIT representative to schedule an in-depth consultation. To discover the many advantages of agile infrastructure, please download our whitepaper.