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15 VDI Superpowers That Make You an End User Computing Superhero

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By Val King

Your end-users are demanding new capabilities from their end-user computing (EUC) devices. With an increased demand to support users that want to work from anywhere, on any device, you may feel like you need to be a superhero to get it all done. Well, what if you can be?

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) is a technology with some remarkable capabilities when set up correctly. In fact, customers leveraging VDI technology in the right way can attain what many would consider "superpowers." No, really! There are at least 15 "superpowers" you can gain by simply using VDI. Just consider the following list. When architected, managed, and maintained properly, VDI can deliver these 15 "superpowers," which just might just make you the EUC superhero your end users need to get their jobs done with ease:

1.       Give employees a brand-new computer every day - VDI can give you a new desktop every morning, making sure personal preferences and customizations are always there to optimize the experience and productivity.

2.       Give employees all-day access from wherever they are - VDI can deliver the same desktop and set of applications to as many different endpoints as employees care to log into during the day. That might be a computer at home to check some email with your morning coffee, then logging in at your desk at work. A meeting later in the afternoon might be an opportunity to log in from your tablet or log in from your phone to do a quick review of a presentation before you go home for the day. The options are numerous!

3.       Improve security, protect sensitive data and make sure it never leaves the data center - VDI improves security by preventing data from ever leaving the data center. There is no risk of information being lost from a stolen laptop if there is no data stored on the computer in the first place.

4.       Deliver a great desktop experience anywhere there is a good Internet connection - VDI can deliver desktops and applications to almost any device, anywhere in the world. Have good Internet, will travel!

5.       Keep employees connected and collaborating regardless of location - VDI can connect remote, isolated employees in groups and facilitate collaboration across the company network. Employees can work from anywhere and be protected like they are working on the company network because they are. It's the perfect fit in a world affected by the recent Covid-19 pandemic.

6.       Protect Intellectual Property - VDI can protect intellectual property by allowing remote teams to collaborate on documents without taking them off the company network. 

7.       Enable employees to meet the needs of the customers -  VDI can enable a mobile user population. The examples are numerous - from hospital staff moving from computer to computer while working throughout a hospital unit to students needing versatile computer labs accessible from any lab in any building. Retail, banking, and insurance company employees that need to work from multiple locations or, more typically with insurance, at a client's home or the site of a disaster are all everyday use cases.

8.       VDI simplifies mergers and acquisitions (M&A) - By merging multiple IT infrastructures quickly, you can minimize the need to support multiple IT infrastructures along with the cost and staffing requirements associated with the effort. Employees can leave on Friday working for two companies with two different IT infrastructures and return on Monday to one or two companies, but with a single consolidated infrastructure. VDI can give each employee just the applications they need to do their job, regardless of which company they work for, often from a single image or template.

9.       Enable employees to work in hostile environments - VDI brings computer technology to places that are traditionally hostile to computer infrastructure. Manufacturing floors, oil rigs, farm fields, battleships, etc., are just some environments that can kill standard computers and are places where VDI thrives. With endpoints (computers, etc.) that have no moving parts, dirt, oil, grease, etc., are not nearly as destructive to computing infrastructure.

10.    Hire the best talent - VDI allows companies to find the best talent globally, if necessary, to work for their firms and still have a way to connect them to the team, not just the talent available around their offices.

11.    Deliver a great desktop experience for any device - VDI does not care if employees want to use a Mac, Dell laptop, Wyse thin client, Samsung tablet, Chromebook, or iPhone.  The technology will work on whatever screen size and OS are available.

12.    Reduce the amount of code and number of versions when developing applications - Related to this, VDI reduces coding for applications for organizations that develop applications. Applications can be coded once and delivered to endpoints using Windows, Apple, Linux, Android, or IOS operating systems. This gives you smaller apps, less code, and versioning to manage.

13.    Maximize the IT budget - VDI can power the as-a-service economy, providing desktops as a service on a consumption basis. Pay for desktops when you need them and stop paying for them when you don't.

14.    Extend the life of legacy applications in the cloud age - VDI can make heavy, slow legacy applications nimble and breathe new life into them by reducing the bandwidth needed to deliver a great end-user experience when off the local company network.

15.    VDI can simultaneously deliver graphics-intensive applications (i.e., CATIA, Revit, AutoCAD, etc.) with a great end-user experience - The design of the Boeing Dreamliner is a tangible example of this capability. Forty-five companies from around the globe came together, each responsible for elements of the aircraft, and successfully collaborated on a single 2.7-million-part model using one of the most graphically demanding CAD/CAM/CAE applications in the world, Dassault Systèmes CATIA.

So... there you have it! A bona fide list of superpowers you can have for the benefit of your team and the end-users you support. The PC is the de facto standard for what we expect the computing experience to be like because we have almost all had a keyboard under our fingers at one time or another as a shared common experience. While there may be places where the PC (or Mac, etc.) is more capable than VDI, there are many places VDI can deliver in ways the PC never can.

VDI can provide a great experience, but it must be architected and optimized to squeeze every drop of performance out of the technology. If you use VDI to deliver some of the identified superpowers above for your organization or fix a VDI environment that is not working as expected, some of your co-workers may look closely to see if you're wearing a superhero cape.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

val king 

Val King is president and CEO of Whitehat Virtual Technologies, a virtualization integrator, managed services provider and consulting services firm focused on creating virtual environments that are built, measured and managed through the eye of the end user.

Published Thursday, June 24, 2021 7:30 AM by David Marshall
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