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Why Companies Should Be Considering Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

If you're wondering why your company should consider adopting virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), you've come to the right place! Read on to discover how advances in technology are creating new ways of working and managing staff that can supercharge remote business models.

VDI offers flexibility and increases productivity. It also delivers intuitive and secure communication between your team no matter how far apart they are geographically.

What is Virtual Desktop Infrastructure?

VDI basically means hosting desktop environments on a central server in either a data center or the cloud. This virtual desktop is a copy of a physical PC, using the hardware and software of the central server.

Users can access their virtual PC, data, applications, and programs on the remote server from anywhere. A  physical device, such as a laptop or tablet, is still needed to access the virtualized desktop system. However, the work remains on the central server.

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What are the benefits of Virtual Desktop Infrastructure?

Let's take a look at how VDI can transform your business and the benefits it brings.

1. Flexibility

New digital workspaces are changing the face of the office forever, as is the increase in remote working. With VDI, your team can access their desktops from wherever they wish, as long as they have an internet connection. This allows for greater flexibility and improvements in time management.

Business flexibility can be further aided by using a hybrid cloud strategy in conjunction with VDI. The hybrid cloud definition is as follows: a type of computing environment that combines a private cloud with one or more public cloud services. Workloads can be moved between cloud solutions as costs and needs fluctuate.

VDI also provides greater flexibility in terms of who your business can hire as an employee. Your recruitment net can widen from your local geographical area to anywhere in the world.

2. Easy collaboration

Centralization allows a team to easily collaborate on files despite being in multiple locations. This really is the next best thing to sitting side by side. If you manage remote teams, VDI is a fantastic addition to the convenience of teleconferencing and the effectiveness of video conferencing software.

3. Enhanced security and better disaster recovery

Because VDI only sends basic input and output signals, sensitive or confidential company data is protected as it isn't sent down the network connection. There is also less risk from employee negligence or equipment theft. Data can't be extracted from a stolen computer because it's stored elsewhere.

Online retailers are now rightly expected to do everything in their power to safeguard customers' financial and personal information and VDI can help with this. Maintaining PCI (the standards all businesses that transact via credit card must abide by) means all online sellers must have systems and processes in place to prevent a data breach.

N.B. Aiding disaster recovery

But what would you do if the worst happened? We're talking about natural disasters, cyberattacks, etc. Every company should have a disaster recovery plan with strategies such as backing up your WordPress site or having copies of important software. Virtual desktop infrastructure makes the whole process easier, as you're able to access everything from a back-up platform.

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4. Simple management and centralized troubleshooting

It's a lot simpler to manage VDI as opposed to physical desktops. This is because you don't have to worry about different hardware models and requirements. IT departments can therefore become leaner and spend less time dealing with individual issues.

5. Significant cost reduction

As businesses increasingly rely on the cloud, it's become clear that there are big cost savings to be made. This isn't just because there is less need to invest in powerful and expensive individual computers. With operating systems and data being centralized, there's also a reduction in the technical support required and routine maintenance costs. VDI can decrease energy outlay too.

6. Easy updating and software accessibility

Software installation and updates require far less time and effort when they're deployed via a central server. This causes less disruption and increases productivity. With VDI, there is no need to install, update, and patch applications, back up files or scan for viruses on individual devices.

VDI can be accessed on almost any device due to the fact it only sends basic input and output data. This means it's possible to use certain software you wouldn't normally be able to access. For example, it gives Mac users the ability to use Windows-based software.

7. Increased productivity and reduction of downtime

In today's world, business performance is more linked to information sharing and data collection than ever before. It's all well and good having the best POS system but adding in increased flexibility and productivity, in the form of VDI, can really boost business success.

Being able to access a central server on any device can reduce downtime too. When a device fails to operate, a user can switch to another to access their virtual desktop with no disruption. This can even help your business to achieve CX goals. Greater output and reliability lead to a seamless experience and happier customers.

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Is VDI suitable for your company?

With such clear benefits, VDI sounds very appealing. However, you may be wondering if it's suitable for your business. VDI complements both big and small enterprises, yet every company is an individual and should consider its approach to digital transformation and automation based on its unique requirements.

It's important to conduct a thorough analysis of your organization's needs and knowledge gaps by asking important questions such as ‘is our network connection fast and reliable enough for VDI' and ‘what is office automation?'.

Virtual desktop infrastructure can help the vast majority of businesses to improve and streamline operations by increasing capability and efficiency. With everything being centrally managed, stored, and secured, you can then free up time to concentrate on business growth and success.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sunny Dhami - RingCentral UK

Sunny Dhami 

Sunny Dhami is the Senior Director, EMEA Product Marketing & GTM for RingCentral. He has extensive Marketing experience across SaaS, Telecommunications, and Technology sectors within companies such as Vodafone, Reed Elsevier, Calor Gas, and SapientNitro. Sunny has also written for websites such as Hubspot.

Published Monday, March 22, 2021 7:33 AM by David Marshall
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