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Virtual Desktops: Get the Lowdown

In this day and age, many businesses are struggling to stay afloat in the volatile economic situation that exists in much of the modern world. In order to combat the worldwide recession, businesses are making cuts left, right and centre, in order to become more profitable.

One area in which many businesses can often save money is within the IT infrastructure. There’s a relatively new type of IT infrastructure, which is sweeping the world of business, commonly known as Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI).

What Is Virtual Desktop Infrastructure?

With VDI, a number of people using a number of PCs are able to access software, which is controlled from one main data centre or server. Essentially, this means that individual workstations don’t need to have software installed on that particular device. Instead, they are connected to the main data centre, which projects an image onto each computer.

This looks and feels just the same as your traditional way of accessing software, yet it doesn’t require the time and energy resources to run completely separate workstations.

The Pros of Using VDI

There are a number of benefits for businesses that choose to adopt this type of infrastructure:

  • VDI means that you can support a number of different computers from one main server or data centre. The devices connected to the data centre can operate remotely, meaning that connectivity can be achieved anywhere in the world. For many businesses, this is key.
  • Once the main data centre has been updated with the latest software security updates, so too will the connected computers. This saves time, money and effort by not having to update each individual computer.
  • If a problem occurs, it will often be much simpler too identify the issue within the main data centre, rather than investigating a number of different computers.
  • VDI reduces the need for particular pieces of hardware on each individual computer. Instead, the hardware is virtualised, meaning energy consumption could be substantially reduced.
  • VDI often offers high bandwidth networking and extremely high performance storage, which is a massive bonus for many businesses.

The Cons

As you might expect, there are a few disadvantages that come with virtual desktop infrastructure. It really is a case of weighing up the pros and cons when deciding whether this could be a good option for you.

  • If one particular workstation requires a particular piece of software, the main data centre would have to be updated, meaning that everyone else has access to the same software. In some scenarios, this would not be ideal.
  • Specialists might be required to be on hand, should anything go wrong with the system. This might mean that new staff need to be brought in, or existing IT staff given the relevant training.
  • If there is an issue with the main server, this will reflect on all connected computers.
  • The hardware required for this infrastructure can be quite expensive. The initial outlay however, could prove far cheaper than buying numerous individual computers.

Author Bio:- This article was submitted by Jeff Findley, a Vesk virtual desktop expert from the UK.

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