How VDI Enables Today’s Digital User

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By: Bill Kleyman|

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There are some big shifts happening within the data center and cloud ecosystem. New delivery methodologies are revolutionizing the modern desktop and application. Now, organizations are finding new ways to onboard users, optimize workloads, and deliver rich content to a truly distributed user. And, not just a distributed user – a digital user.

To accommodate new digital requirements, the industry is widely adopting more virtual desktop and end-user compute (EUC) solutions. According to a recent research and market report, one of the major drivers supporting the growth of the market is the increasing adoption of bring your own device (BYOD), which is an emerging concept believed to make employees more productive. Moreover, centralized data stored on the main server provides better computing experiences to the employees and security of data to the organization because users access VDI images in a networked storage environment via browsers or apps on end-user devices.

In supporting a digital user, VDI helps create a fluid ecosystem capable of deploying advanced desktops, applications, and resources. Here’s how VDI helps enable the modern, digital user:

  1. Virtual Desktops are Great for Labs (Kiosks and Digital Signage). Labs, kiosks and any other environment that has a lot of users accessing the same hardware is a great use-case for VDI. Once the user is done with the end-point, the OS is reset to its pristine state. This is perfect for healthcare laboratories, task workers, libraries and even classrooms. There have been several large educational VDI deployments taking place as thin/zero clients begin to replace older fat clients. Furthermore, these lab environments can be completely hosted either in a private or public cloud environment. By using non-persistent, cloud-based, desktops – administrators can quickly provision/de-provision these labs.
  2. Onboarding and Off-Boarding Contractors and External Employees. Some organizations have numerous contractors working within an organization. A great way to control contractor access is through a private cloud VDI platform. Give a user access via controlled AD policies and credentials and allow them to connect to a virtual desktop. From there, the administrators can quickly provision and de-provision desktop resources as needed for a given contractor. This allows outside consultants to bring in their own laptops, access centralized desktops and conduct their jobs. Then, once done, simply power down or reset the VM. This creates a quick, easy to manage contractor VDI environment.
  3. VDI Helps with Heavy Workload Delivery. That’s right – you read that correctly. New technologies are allowing for powerful resource sharing while still optimizing the user experience. Solutions around all-flash systems basically accelerate virtual desktops and applications, allowing the enterprise IT to deliver true performance from the datacenter to any user on the network. Unlike in the past, you can now place more heavy resource users on a multi-tenant blade, network, compute, and storage architecture. This opens up new possibilities for those few users that always needed a very expensive end-point. The other beauty is that you can optimize the delivery of these heavier workloads. There’s a lot of native intelligence being built into VDI and the data center infrastructure which supports it.

Remember – today’s digital user is completely different than the types of users we may be traditionally used to. We’re seeing more devices, more applications, and more digital resources impacting the way that organizations stay competitive in today’s industry. By deploying VDI, you create the capability to support new types of devices along with the users that utilize them to be truly productive.

Moving forward, the resurgence behind VDI will be fueled by new data center technologies like convergence, all-flash, and powerful networking capabilities. From there, virtual solutions become optimized and can be delivered in new forms. For example, next-generation VDI can be deployed to almost any device – oftentimes not even requiring a client, using HTML5 for delivery.

All of this creates new capabilities for a variety of organizations. This includes mid-size as well as enterprises who are all dealing with digital user requirements, desktops, and virtual applications. Even more so are the direct capabilities with cloud. With VDI, you can present on premise, SaaS, and even hosted applications. To the user – it’s all transparent. For the administrator, they’re given the ability to manage advanced requirements with a diverse set of resources and applications. In a truly distributed world, the digital user will require new ways to be productive. In using tools like VDI, you can support greater levels of application delivery, and – most of all – the next-gen digital user.

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About The Author

Bill Kleyman

Vice President of Strategy and Innovation at MTM Technologies

Bill is an enthusiastic technologist with experience in datacenter design, management, and deployment. His architecture work includes large virtualization and cloud deployments as well as business network design and implementation. Bill enjoys writing, blogging, and educating colleagues around everything that is technology. During the day, Bill is the Vice President of Strategy and Innovation at MTM Technologies, where he interacts with enterprise organizations and helps align IT strategies with direct business goals. Bill’s whitepapers, articles, video blogs and podcasts have been published and referenced on InformationWeek, NetworkComputing, TechTarget, DarkReading, Data Center Knowledge, CBS Interactive, Slashdot, and many others. Most recently, Bill was ranked #16 in the Onalytica study which reviewed the top 100 most influential individuals in the cloud landscape, globally.

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