The VDI Resurgence: 3 Big Benefits to Remember

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By: Bill Kleyman |

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Today’s business is quickly becoming a beacon of digital capabilities. Through this digital transformation, the user has been square in the driver’s seat creating requirements around BYOD, IT consumerization, and greater elements of mobility. The new digital era has forced administrators to deliver an IT consumption model which works to optimize the user and enhance their user experience.

To make this happen, the industry is widely adopting more virtual desktop and end-user compute (EUC) solutions. Consider this from the latest Gartner Midmarket Context: ‘Desktop Virtualization Will Power the Digital Workplace’ (Published, January 2016)[1]:

While midsize organizations have fewer legacy applications (50 to 80 on average), over 80% still resides on-premises, making integration a significant challenge. As midsize organizations modernize their application portfolios, they are likely to identify (and have to address) legacy applications faster than larger enterprises. Legacy applications can be cost-effectively addressed with desktop virtualization technologies, namely: virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), server-based computing (SBC), and cloud application virtualization products and services.

With over 20% of midsize enterprises running VDI on-premises, and more than 20% in evaluation, coupled with 4% desktop as a service (DaaS) deployment and 13% in the process of evaluation, the shift has already begun for midsize organizations, and larger enterprises will eventually follow.

In the past, technologies like VDI were seen as heavy, fork-lift, projects which required time, resources, and big budgets. Well, there’s good news. With advancements within network, compute and the storage layer – desktop virtualization helps to reduce desktop IT costs, improve security, increase control, and expand connectivity. With desktop virtualization, desktops are hosted in your data center and can be accessed from any device, anywhere. This allows you to support new business models and improve both IT operations and user satisfaction.

With so many companies deploying a virtual desktop architecture to help them create competitive advantages; have you tried it out yet? Here are three big benefits to deploy VDI solutions:

  1. Application Compatibility and Delivery. Recent updates within an organization have forced some applications to adopt 64bit technologies. Well, some apps just won’t run on such a platform. So, administrators have been forced to get creative. This is where VDI can help. For those select, finicky, applications – VDI within a private cloud environment can be a lifesaver. Virtual desktops can run within a 32bit or 64bit instance and allow administrators to continue to support some older apps. Furthermore, you can support transitions between older and newer application platforms. Parallel application delivery methodologies are enabled by VDI to help organizations deploy new apps, services, and solutions to their end-users.
  2. BYOD Delivery with VDI. Application virtualization aside, delivering desktops via BYOD can be a great solution for the end-user. Whether they’re working from home, internally or even internationally, the user can be presented as desktop with all of their settings intact. BYOD and IT consumerization have created a true demand for BYOD. This is where VDI can help. The end-point never retains the data, and the desktop as well as the applications, are always controlled at the data center level. Most of all – you create a platform that’s truly ready for the digital workforce. Now, you’re delivering rich desktops and experiences to the devices which make the end-user most productive.
  3. Centralize with VDI and Secure the Data Center. New delivery capabilities now allow you to completely centralize the virtual desktop. This creates a new security paradigm where nothing is stored at the endpoint. More so, HTML5 allows for complete clientless delivery so that sessions are completely controlled within the data center. This means you can isolate VDI sessions, geo-fence users, and create a proactive VDI security ecosystem. Basically, you’re creating a data center service architecture which can utilize even better virtualization security optimizations. You can granularly control access to specific data points, interrogate devices coming in, and manage where sensitive data points are being distributed. All of this translates to greater control over critical pieces of your infrastructure.

VDI has been shown as a truly successful delivery architecture. The amazing piece here is that this platform is enabled by modern data center advancements and virtualization. New levels of network and compute allow for greater delivery capabilities. And, optimizations around storage and next-generation flash ecosystems help push out virtual environments even faster. By seeing the direct fit for VDI within an organization, the entire solution can actually have some great benefits.

[1] Source: Gartner, Midmarket Context: ‘Desktop Virtualization Will Power the Digital Workplace’ – January 2016

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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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