Why Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Is Getting More Compelling
Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), a type of desktop virtualization technology, allows businesses to host desktops from a central server room or data center. End-users access virtual machines hosted on servers over the network. Working on these virtual PCs is the same experience as working on desktops based on hardware, but all the processing and data is handled in the servers.
Security and Compliance
VDI is perfect for companies interested in centralizing control over corporate data for security reasons. Financial services companies, such as hedge funds or brokerage houses, have shown great interest in the technology as a way to keep confidential and proprietary data within their control. After all, if an endpoint device is lost or stolen, the data doesn’t reside in it—all the central manager has to do is turn off the access.
Scalability and Mobility
With VDI, it’s easier than ever to get an employee onto your ICT infrastructure—or off it. You can readily scale up and down resources according to staff and operational needs. Virtual desktops can be deployed on a variety of devices, providing your employees with the full power of a desktop wherever they are—boosting employee productivity.
Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
When considered as part of a disaster recovery and business continuity plan, VDI can improve centralized management and control in case of a disaster.
According to VDI technology providers, a virtualized desktop environment can save between 30% and 50% of the current cost for IT administrators to manage, patch, upgrade, and support PCs in the traditional client/server environment. VDI makes administrative and management tasks much easier because every integrated workstation can use the same image.
If you install OS and application software updates and patches to one image, every desktop system using that image will be automatically updated and patched. VDI allows usage of lower-cost, lower-power hardware, such as netbooks and tablets, to access the cloud-based desktop images.
An enterprise-friendly and OPEX-based model of VDI deployment is Desktop as a Service or “DaaS,” where technical requirements such as security, control, hosted apps, and infrastructure management are handled by an expert partner. In the Philippines, PLDT ALPHA Enterprise has partnered with VMware to launch the country’s first Desktop as a Service solution: PLDT Cloud DaaS.