The Benefits of Virtual Desktop Solutions

Introduction 

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) involves facilitating access to a user desktop in a virtual machine (VM) that runs on a remote server. This technology stores desktop workloads in the VM so that users can interact with the OS through a remote display protocol. 

All users need is a reliable network connection to access virtual desktops and applications from any device. Examples include smartphones, tablets, Thin Clients and Zero Clients. Now, customizable solutions, like those which ClearCube offers, deliver great user experience. They allow IT personnel to host and oversee VMs in the data center without any hassle. At the same time, they ensure that end users enjoy a PC-like experience. Effective virtualization fulfills every possible use case in the workplace. 

Many companies prefer a single vendor solution that comes with desktop to data center accountability. Our team developed the SmartVDI Host Platform to meet this demand by focusing on IT completeness. It supports our Blade PCs with Zero Clients in virtualization and CVDI projects. All this helps you shift from a standard PC setup to the world of virtual desktops in the easiest possible way. 

In fact, this is exactly what one should expect when moving to virtual desktop computing from a traditional desktop environment. It allows you to leverage the power of simplicity and manageability while operating graphics-intensive applications. All this takes place while ensuring a localized experience.  

According to the latest market analysis conducted by Market Research Future, the global virtual desktop infrastructure market is expanding at a compound annual growth rate of 16.1% and is set to reach 25,496.3 million USD by 2025. This rapid growth, that is partially due to the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, is propelling VDI to a status of immense importance as companies adjust to new business formats and new technology developments. 

As we have demonstrated, VDI has an increasingly large presence in today’s business world. Now we will discuss why this popular trend of desktop virtualization will be beneficial to your company.  

Effective Desktop Management 

Managing multiple PCs is a complex and time-consuming process. Standard PC hardware also makes it difficult to modify desktop configurations based on end-user demands. This calls for change in the digital age because companies need on-demand real-time access to virtual desktops to support remote users and customers. 

VDI offers scalability and performance benefits for proactive desktop management which legacy systems cannot. 

VDI mitigates these risks by allowing user sessions to draw on resources across multiple servers. This boosts scalability, stability, and performance in places where productivity is always key. You can also repurpose and modernize existing desktops through the technology’s fast speed and shared storage features. Go for solutions that are custom-built for space savings and high density and support enterprise IT systems. They drive high performance, streamline data center footprint, and exceed what standard PCs can do for you. 

A centralized desktop management system enables you to easily monitor multiple desktops and control which applications are used and installed. This leads to two major benefits. First, it helps adhere to company privacy policy. Second, IT can choose the right application delivery configurations for virtual desktops. 

In a nutshell, you get to reduce IT pain and costs as you manage every workstation from a single central location. This leaves you with more time to plan and prepare resources for other business strategies. 

IT Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity 

Planning ahead for disaster recovery and business continuity requires you to assess many factors in securing sensitive data. Technical and natural disasters can bring business operations to a complete halt. To avoid this, you should come up with a plan that achieves around-the-clock data and application availability in all cases. 

In a distributed PC setting, system failures often lead to extended user downtime. In these situations, IT must analyze the source before they can even begin to troubleshoot and fix the issue. This is all the more problematic as downtime can expand into days or weeks, especially in remote areas. 

Therefore, the fact that individual devices and PCs do not store data in VDI solutions is a benefit to protecting company information from destruction by disasters. Powerful servers host the IT setup and rapidly transfer workloads to a dedicated VM in case of application glitches, hardware failure, or other disruptions. This isolates user data from the individual desktop, making it easier for IT administrators and staff to access and backup data that remains secure in a separate centrally managed datacenter. 

Cloud computing solutions are also useful business continuity tools for cloud-based virtual desktops and applications. They accurately scale up capacity in case of disasters. This reduces the time and resources which you would otherwise spend on replicating systems to offer ongoing business support. What’s more, these resources normally remain idle or are underutilized during regular operations. 

All in all, VDI delivers near-zero downtime and increased protection from disaster damage. It shifts users to virtual desktops which are never lost and can be easily accessed from disaster recovery sites. 

Security 

Companies need to stay agile and adopt a holistic approach to security. As cybersecurity breaches and harmful data attacks become more common with today’s technological advancements, VDI adoption presents itself as a compelling solution. Enterprise-level security mandates are met when a virtual desktop approach is used, and overall security risk is minimized.  

As we know, VDI promotes centralized desktop management and builds a workplace revolving around regulatory compliance. Now, consider the security concerns of bring your own device (BYOD) programs. Even the attractive mobility feature of BYOD programs is not enough to cause decision makers to overlook the security risk of allowing staff to access data and applications through personal devices that may lead to data breach attempts. 

VDI delivers a unified point of desktop security. IT personnel has full visibility of and control over places where internal sources may access data. This enables companies to take a proactive approach to security by limiting access to network resources when needed. Endpoint technologies, like Thin Clients and Zero Clients, that support virtualized environments also offer comprehensive security. Thin Client solutions typically come with minimal software configurations, and the safest approach is to use the proprietary firmware that has an unpublished API. Also, Windows and Linux are two common operating systems you can consider. Both integrate high security because of the low attack surface and the nature of virtualized technology itself. Zero Clients represents the most secure endpoint device as they have no OS. 

You can also use monitoring tools that help IT departments attain visibility into all layers of the virtual desktop infrastructure and effectively secure virtual desktops. The ideal tool provides both granular and high-level views of an enterprise’s infrastructure, including access to important resources and network activity. This allows administrators to identify potential security vulnerabilities and threats before they materialize. The ability to track compliance and privacy issues ensures that a business meets applicable regulations and internal policies. 

Promotes Efficiency and Productivity 

You must constantly revamp IT system quality to timely meet KPIs and facilitate users, especially those who work remotely. VDI makes this task more attainable for your IT department. For example, integrating VDI into all flash storage solutions enables you to easily and quickly roll out multiple desktops. This drives low latency and high-performance sessions at a minimum carbon footprint. 

Your remote staff can also login from anywhere without having to deal with complex hardware connections and configurations. Virtual Display Manager is useful in this case. With it, IT can allocate multi-monitor systems to boost on-the-go user productivity as this solution supports remote connections. Users can scale the virtual display layouts to match their needs and this platform facilitates multiple physical monitors. The resulting benefits include increased efficiency and ease of remote support. 

Resource Controls and Business Agility 

An essential part of assessing your technological structure is determining how well you are able to map resources to cater to different workloads. Understanding whether or not you are you scaling resource capacity based on user needs can give you a clearer picture of the quality of your infrastructure. Employing a virtual desktop approach provides you with greater control over your resources and heightens your business’ agility.  

VDI makes it easier to assign tasks to match resources. Streamlining resource controls allows you to adapt quickly to changing user demands, boost performance and achieve dynamic scalability. This improves process flows and delivers actionable insights on resource stacks for optimized allocation. In this way, the management can define and set better SOPs for high performance. 

This also means that you can easily integrate new users into the workplace by cloning desktops from the centralized server. IT teams can then quickly provision from the principal VM whenever extra desktops are needed. They can complete the process quickly so that users can sign in and begin working almost instantly. This reduces the number of any spare machines you may need to prepare and provide desktops. 

Closing Thoughts 

Virtualization solutions promote modern data center developments with optimization standards that drive maximum productivity at a lower TCO. Get in touch with a ClearCube expert for more details on how you can benefit from desktop virtualization. 

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ClearCube Technology invented the centralized computing industry with the first blade PC and continues to drive centralized and virtualized computing innovation with the broadest set of specialized PCoIP desktop zero clients that connect to optimized SmartVDI compute/storage host platforms for task/knowledge users and PCoIP Blade PCs and engineering workstations for power and highly-specialized users. Many of the world's largest financial services companies, health care organizations, and government agencies, including the Department of Defense, Department of Energy and Homeland Security, rely on ClearCube centralized computing solutions to equip their users with secure, efficient and manageable computing resources.

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