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5 Advantages of a VDI Workspace

By Michael Norring, President and CEO, GCSIT

Thirty years ago (or three) when someone asked where you worked, not only would the answer include the name of the business but where the office was. That is no longer the case. With radical work environment changes recently, organizations are increasingly not requiring employees to come into their office and plug into their workstation daily. Instead, employees are utilizing work-from-anywhere (WFA) policies.

This type of work environment has produced challenges for IT departments across the world but has increased the value of the virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) tool. VDI empowers organizations with the resources for employees to access their virtual desktop anywhere to maintain optimum workforce flexibility and productivity. According to a study by Research and Markets, between 2019 and 2027, the VDI market is expected to increase by a CAGR of 14.4%, from $4.4 million in 2019, to $12.9 million in 2027.

Employees need to access a virtual desktop on the device of their choice from smartphone to laptop or tablet, while still maintaining the same user-efficient experience a physical desktop provides. VDI resources are no longer a ‘nice to have' but a requirement in order to remain competitive in the job market, retain employees, and encourage efficiency wherever employees work. Here are five advantages of utilizing a VDI workspace:

  1. Greater flexibility. WFA is crucial for employees of all types-current, new, contract, and freelance. With VDI, onboarding non-permanent employees can become significantly easier. With improved infrastructure agility, seasonal employees, temps, consultants, etc., can utilize their own devices while accessing the appropriate desktop experience.
  2. Accessibility. The changing workforce means that employees need to work remotely. VDI was made for this type of environment. It significantly simplifies remote work challenges and allows business continuity when in-person work isn't practical.
  3. Reduced costs. Organizations that already have the server architecture in place won't be burdened by high deployment costs. Because standard desktop machines must each have expensive software packages installed, you'll discover that the functional cost of VDI is markedly lower. Even businesses that require a significant initial investment to adopt VDI enjoy a significant ROI over time as maintenance costs and unit replacement costs are dramatically reduced.
  4. Enhanced efficiency. VDI workspaces give employees the resources needed to complete tasks at any time, from anywhere. This also includes easier onboarding, offboarding and deploying new applications to users virtually as opposed to physically installing it on their machine and transferring everything when a new machine is needed. This freedom empowers employees and buys loyalty that increases worker output and reduces downtime due to any type of disruption.
  5. Increased security. One of the most serious concerns organizations have when implementing VDI workspaces is the security. If an employee is accessing their proprietary desktop and information from a café or at home, how can it possibly remain secure? But in reality, data remains secure because it is sequestered from the device. It cannot be accessed if any device becomes compromised. VDI provides a centralized structure for information that does not ever leave the data center.

Many tech companies, like GCSIT, have been working on developing these customized infrastructures for years. VDI is an example of tech meeting the moment-offering organizations a more streamlined and secure computing system in the face of an ever-evolving work environment.



Michael Norring 

Michael Norring is the CEO of GCSIT. As the CEO, Michael plays an integral role in building the GCSIT brand and reimagining the future of IT partners to help bring smarter, more innovative, affordable technology solutions to consumers faster. His areas of expertise at GCSIT include building Agile Infrastructure, the Cloud, DevOps, Enterprise Applications, Development and more. Michael is a senior business executive and entrepreneur with a proven track record as a leader, innovator, strategic thinker, change agent, and market visionary. With more than 20 years of experience in the industry, he has extensive experience creating technology partners focused on the Cloud, DevOps, SaaS, Applications, Consulting and the Managed Services market. He has a background in defining company and product/services' vision and strategy, customer engagement and alignment, operational controls, product management and development, new product definition and market launch, realignment of existing product, company turnaround, sales, and business development.
Published Friday, October 22, 2021 7:32 AM by David Marshall
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