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Should You Consider Using VDI: Advantages and Disadvantages

A consistently progressing remote culture is increasing the need for remote working technology.

Before the pandemic, only 37% of jobs were considered remote jobs, but only 7% of employees used to work from home full-time. At the pandemic, every employee worked and operated from home, and every business found a way to keep operations going. Currently, 35% of employees are working from home, and 30% are hybrid professionals.

In just a period of two years, we have observed giant leaps in working culture. In this environment, using remote working tech is imperative - almost unavoidable. Virtual Desktop Infrastructure is the tech offering us a method to work seamlessly through a centralized network.

VDI is a technology that virtualizes your desktops and hosts them on a remote server or data center. From this on-premise data center, the entire workforce of the office is offered virtual access. When we use VDI in the cloud, this entire structure is on the cloud, and we can remotely acquire managed services of the same from a virtual desktop provider.

This article will explore the advantages and disadvantages of using VDI for remote work.

VDI Advantages

From mobility to easy access to business-critical applications, VDI has a multitude of benefits. Check out what are these:

1.      Simple Access

VDI environment helps your employees access their desktops without any hassle. Whether they use Mac, Windows, or any other device, they can open their virtual desktops on any device with their credentials. This means you can keep using your existing devices to access virtual desktops. There's no need to change your office PCs.

An amazing benefit of VDI is the ability to use the BYOD policy. You can allow BYOD to fulfill hardware requirements when you don't want to spend on the hardware in-house. Employees can bring their own devices to work and access virtual desktops without any hassle.

2.      High Performance

VDI data centers are usually advanced and faster than your in-house PCs. The applications running on your desktops won't be as efficient as on your VDI network. Naturally, the VDI network offers better performance due to the usage of high-performance hardware. With VDI, you get improved operational efficiency and workplace productivity.

3.      Centralized Management

One of the best benefits of using VDI is its ability to offer centralized management. When you set up a VDI server on-premise, you move your apps and data to that server. There are many benefits of moving your desktops to a central server:

  • Your IT team can centrally control your virtual desktops without actually visiting you or physically checking the computer. They can remotely monitor performance and restrict access according to business needs.
  • Centralized storage of data makes security simpler. Your team needs to focus on one data center and contain a cyberattack in one place. With multiple tangible and exposed devices, this security becomes complicated. It is easier to miss a cyberattack in this case.

4.      Security

On a VDI network, your security is also improved because you are not sending data over an external network. You can share files internally and completely manage your entire structure in one place. Your IT team can better control the structure through multi-factor authentication, access control, OS patching, encryption (Transmission/resting), and Intrusion Detection and Prevention system.

Further, in the office, employees can easily ignore updates in the system, which can end up exposing their data to a cyber attacker. To eliminate the situation, VDI helps your IT team remotely upgrade and update every system without disrupting the flow of work. 

5.      Enhanced Scalability

Scalability of your VDI is simpler as you can deploy extra storage and resources beforehand and increase/decrease resources on-demand basis. This structure is hassle-free but not cost-effective. The reason is that you have to increase hardware somewhere to increase your resources and performance. This increase in hardware has VDI pricing attached to it.

With VDI in the cloud, we can achieve both cost-effective and simpler scaling. You can scale your resources on-demand as well as do it in an affordable manner. The provider takes a pre-decided charge for your resources. You can additionally reduce resources when not required to optimize your VDI pricing.

VDI Disadvantages

Similar to any technology, VDI also has a series of drawbacks. However, virtual desktop providers can help us resolve these issues. Explore how:

1.      Internal Management

VDI environment involves too much internal management. You need an expert full-fledged IT support team to take care of your on-premise data center. This internal management is a drawback for small, medium, and enterprise-level businesses.

For example, a small business with a team of 20 won't hire a huge team for VDI. That's impractical and cost-intensive!

VDI in the cloud can help you eliminate this issue. A virtual desktop provider can offer you VDI in the cloud as a managed service. So, you receive the same benefits but without managing the centralized data center on-premise.

2.      Downtime Management

Your IT team manages In-house downtime of the server. It takes time, and till the issue is fixed, your entire team can't resume working. This issue can't be completely eliminated unless you set up more than one server and data center.

VDI offers 99.99% uptime in the cloud because the virtual desktop provider can set up multiple servers in geographically isolated locations. These servers offer you uninterrupted access even when one of the servers fails. 

3.      Backup Glitch

Similar to uptime, backups are not safe on an on-premise server. What if this server fails?

What if a disaster ruins your data centers?

How will you recover?

VDI in the cloud helps you store backups on redundant servers. This means that even when one server goes down, another still provides you with data recovery. This contributes to your business continuity and contingency plan.

4.      Security Issues

While VDI servers do have optimum security, it is still a hassle. You have to overlook every security measure personally, which is a hectic activity.

VDI in the cloud is a managed service by a virtual desktop provider. So security measures are managed by the cloud provider; you only need to think about efficiently accessing your virtual desktops.  

Can VDI in the Cloud Help?

VDI in the cloud is a virtual desktop infrastructure on the cloud. This means the virtual desktop provider handles the hassle of security, maintenance, upgrade, automated backup, disaster recovery, etc. Therefore, the above drawbacks of VDI that small businesses might experience can be easily mitigated by using VDI in the cloud and finding the right virtual desktop provider.

Therefore, find the right cloud provider, evaluate VDI pricing, and start using virtual desktops today!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Yuvraj Jain 

Yuvraj Jain is a technology analyst at ACE Cloud Hosting, a leading VDI solutions provider. He is keen to write about the latest tech trends and is fond of exploring VDI technology, DaaS, hosted virtual desktop, and cloud hosting services. In his free time, he likes to read blogs and books related to life.

Published Wednesday, November 10, 2021 7:40 AM by David Marshall
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