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VDI as a Services: Things You Didn't Know About It

What are VDI services? How do Virtual Desktop Infrastructure works? Should I use VDI as a Service?

If you ask these questions, you may face challenges with remote working, streamlined processes, or centralized IT management. Regardless of the reason, VDI services can help you comprehensively manage your IT infrastructure.

Desktop virtualization and cloud storage are increasing, growing, and becoming one of the most desired business solutions. VDI as a Service is a solution that falls into the same category. It mitigates the challenges of traditional tech stacks, including BYOD glitches, remote working issues, security loopholes, etc.

Explore more about VDI as a Service, VDI service provider, and DaaS.

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) is a technical implementation that helps desktop virtualization. Your office desktops are virtualized and hosted on a central server and data center (in-house or on the cloud). Every employee using a virtual desktop (Commonly referred to as a thin client) gets a virtual image of the unit on any endpoint.

Understand the functionality of the environment with the help of these terms:

  1. Hypervisor: This software implementation separates the physical hardware and OS used for thin clients. It generates a virtual environment that works as a hardware OS. Using this, we can make many virtual machines on one computer.
  2. Connection Broker: This type of security implementation for the virtual environment. With the help of a connection broker, you can authenticate validation requests, and end-users get access to their accounts or virtual machines.
  3. End device: Endpoints are nothing but devices used to access VDI services. Now, this can be your laptop, office PC, or another device with an internet connection.

When using VDI services, you need to first log in to virtual desktops from the software front-end on any endpoint device. This can be any device with an internet connection. Your request is sent to the connection broker. Once approved, you are directed to your virtual Desktop. With the help of hypervisors, we managed many such virtual machines.

Most cloud providers also use load balancing to balance the load on every server and data center. This allows using resources evenly.

VDI as a Service

VDI as a Service is a type of VDI hosted on the cloud, also known as Desktop as a Service (DaaS). This means we are using the same architecture, but the server is the cloud server in place of an on-premise server. The data center, hardware implementations, hypervisors, load balancers, and the VDI managed provider installs connection brokers.

Why Should You Use VDI Managed Services?

Why should you consider using VDI managed services?

According to Gartner's new report, between 2021-2024, DaaS will grow by 253% approximately.

VDI as a Service has a series of features that impact your business workflows. Understand how:

1.      Work In A Way You Like

As businesses grow globally, they ensure employee connectivity via remote working technologies. VDI managed services allow managing this wide infrastructure with ease. From seamless information access to business-critical applications, your employees will receive an optimum experience. Through the power of virtual desktops that can be accessed from any device with an internet connection, employees have the power to work in a way they find suitable.

2.      Ensure BYOD Support

Bring Your Own Device is the most disputed topic of every organization. While the pandemic has drastically increased the importance of BYOD, even before COVID, BYOD was a leading debate. This is because employees want a flexible working environment, which is not possible unless they have the feasibility of working from anywhere on any device.

VDI as a Service helps work remotely from any endpoint, making BYOD simpler. The security architecture of VDI services additionally supports remote and BYOD culture.

3.      Reduce Capital Expenses

Initially, when implementing any technology or making IT changes, the capital expenses are just too much. Isn't it?

Whether you are implementing VDI in-house or adopting software, you need high capital expenses for the purpose.

However, VDI managed services have no capital expenses. You can only start with the pay-as-you-go paying model, which means a monthly fee.

Why is this?

The best hardware to start using virtual desktops is the one you already have. The physical PCs in your office or the ones your employees have are fully equipped to support VDI. The configuration of the virtual Desktop is modified as per employee requirements.

4.      Enhance Security Layer Of The Business

VDI as a Service is a secure architecture similar to VDI.

We need to take care of physical PCs, storage devices, and access points on-premise. On the VDI, a centralized server is managed and secured, which is simpler than office desktops.

Security is much simpler on the cloud, which is VDI as a Service. The VDI service provider handles security implementations, which includes:

  • Multi-factor authentication
  • Access control
  • TLS 1.3 and 256-bit encryption
  • OS patching and upgrading
  • Maintenance and support
  • DDoS protection
  • Intrusion Detection and Prevention System

5.      Enjoy Optimum Scalability

Whether you have on-premises VDI or office desktops, scalability costs you money. More storage and more performance add up in hardware form somewhere. In the case of DaaS, cloud servers are already huge enough. Therefore, you can get more storage and performance on-demand. Fortunately, this storage and performance can also be reduced when not in use.

So, VDI as a Service makes it easier to scale and optimizes storage management costs.

6.      Advanced Resource Utilization

VDI as a Service offers advanced resource utilization. This means that one machine is not using all the resources allocated to it; we can easily reallocate these resources to another machine that requires more resources. 

For instance, four machines are on a server using 16 GB RAM. But one of these machines is not fully utilizing this RAM. We can easily allocate the remaining RAM to another machine when required.

Conclusion

VDI as a Service is the solution of today. Overcoming the challenges of traditional implementations, remote working technologies, and security structures, VDI services help you build a secure, scalable, and reliable network. From centralized IT management to on-demand scaling of resources, there's efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and value in VDI managed services.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Yuvraj Jain 

Yuvraj Jain is a technology analyst at ACE Cloud Hosting, a leading Hosted Desktop Service 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 Thursday, December 30, 2021 7:33 AM by David Marshall
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