Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) is a newly evolved concept that is being widely followed by modern businesses that want more mobile, more flexible and more economical solutions to create remote workspaces. In other words, Desktop Virtualization can be defined as a process of creating specialized desktop infrastructure online by harnessing VMs (Virtual Machines) to provide online workspaces for anywhere, anytime accessibility, team collaboration, data backups and security features while alleviating the efforts and costs related to inhouse server setup and maintenance.
By hosting virtual desktop, users have no limitations of resources due to scalability and experience the same as they have been using their local desktop. No special devices or resources are required to utilize it properly. It’s such a convenient and flexible service that you can even purchase it by paying hourly price to meet short-term objectives. It’s very vital for long-term projects as it can save a lot of time and money for the businesses while equipping them with high performance computing solutions to manage key operations remotely.
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For businesses, SMBs in particular, purchasing IT-related assets is more often than not an overwhelming task given that it involves huge capital investments and a well-thought process. Also, inhouse server maintenance coupled with regular system updates and upgrades requires additional manpower and resources. This is where hosted desktop solutions turn out to be a more viable and budget-friendly option allowing professionals to access their office desktop remotely and execute their tasks from anywhere.
Remote accessibility is, of course, one of the most important features why businesses are switching to hosted desktop solutions. Unlike Traditional desktop solutions, VDI allows all the authorized members of your team to access their systems and work with absolute freedom.
Data Security and backup are another concern that can easily be addressed by implementing Virtual Desktop solutions. Since your desktop and data are stored on SSAE-18 certified data centers with world-class security features to minimise risks related to data theft/loss.
Access your work desktop with the same feel and features from any internet-enabled device. Since virtual desktops are not hardware-bound, they can be easily accessed via laptops, iPads and smartphones allowing users to execute mission-critical tasks on-the-move.
What makes Desktop Virtualization a more feasible solution is the fact that it alleviates the manual efforts required to configure each system. The virtual desktops can be provisioned within minutes as only the system settings need to be mirrored from the desktop image.
Hosting desktops with top-rated data centers means you get access to high-end cloud infrastructure with high performance computing resources and security measures to deliver unparalleled experience.
Eliminate the cost related to physical infrastructure setup by choosing a reliable cloud provider for virtual desktop solutions. You can access your desktop from any device and can use the most outdated hardware in your office.
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- There are mainly three types of desktop virtual desktop solutions.
The most common and most popular desktop virtualization solution, VDI is a technology that is used to run the physical desktop’s operating system on a virtual machine hosted on remote servers. This technique mirrors the desktop image and shares it over the network to the devices of end-users and lets them use the system just like how they do it on local systems. VDI brings to the users their own dedicated virtual machines powered by its own operating systems and resources like RAM, CPU and Storage.
Remote Desktop Services allows users to securely access desktops and their preferred applications remotely via Windows Server operating system. The desktop and applications’ images are transmitted via Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP). VDI and RDS are very much identical in terms of usability but RDS turns out to be a more cost effective desktop virtualization option in the long run.
DaaS is another popular virtual desktop solution where virtual machines are hosted on third-party cloud providers. As compared to the rest of the desktop virtualization solutions, It offers all the benefits of cloud technology like anywhere, anytime accessibility, and real-time collaboration along with managing fluctuating workloads. With DaaS, you can easily cope up with computing and storage demands and given the pay-per-use pricing model, you only need to pay for the resources that you consume.
Here are some of the best measures that you need to take into consideration when planning to switch to virtual desktop solutions:
Given that the performance of virtual desktops are directly proportional to network performance, it’s crucial to identify peak hours and anticipate demand spikes to adequate network capacity.
Pre-defined and planned network capacity by using performance monitoring utility to know the resources consumed by every virtual desktop and ensure you understand your resource requirements.
Spend some time understanding the performance requirements of each individual member of your team. Once you have a proper understanding, you need to provision the setup differently for each user who uses graphics-rich apps vis-a-vis those who just need access to one software or two.
Most of the cloud hosting companies provide a number of testing tools and utilities so that you can perform a pilot test regarding VDI deployment and usage. Pilot tests are just as important as they help you understand whether or not the resources are provisioned properly.
Remote workspaces are more than just a mere necessity for businesses that want to keep a check on their operational budget while enjoying more flexibility, mobility, performance and security. Access and run your desktop-based applications and work in sync with your tea from wherever you are and whichever device you are using.
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