VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure)
Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) refers to all resources, including hardware and software required by a user to access a virtual desktop stored in a remote server through the internet. It involves holding a desktop OS in a virtual machine that runs on a central server.
VDI’s model varies from the server or client computing model and is used as a substitute to the client computing model that is common in Microsoft and Citrix Terminal Services. It is a virtual desktop interface as it is a tracker of the system along with its data, applications and operating system.
How a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Functions
- VDI’s functionality is based on its ability to store customized data, documents, software applications and preferences of an operating system on a cloud server.
- Essentially, the user interacts with VDI as they would interact with a physical desktop because it gives the user remote access to the desktop even using a mobile device.
- As a computing model, VDI operates by adding a virtualization layer between a desktop on a personal computer and the virtual server.
- The virtual layer replaces the conventional operating system enabling network admins to provide users with the capability to access their desktops from any place.
- Users experience the desktops they are used to and at the same time increase the security of their data.
The Purpose of Virtual Desktop Infrastructure
- VDI is designed to primarily provide users from any part of the globe access to their desktop systems.
- They also serve an important role in developing backup and disaster recovery solutions through routine updates to desktop data as well as allowing user interface in the event of system disruption.
- VDI is developed to offer users with advanced security for their data and seamless experience in their interactions with the virtual server.
- As a host of desktop images, VDI is designed to enable organizations to store sensitive information safely in a corporate data center and not on a user’s computer where it can be destroyed, stolen or lost.
Benefits of Using Virtual Desktop Infrastructure
- VDI reduces risks associated with every user’s operating environment in an effective manner.
- It allows end users to maintain the use of familiar desktops from anywhere as VDI displays them just as they would appear on their personal computers.
- Installation of VDI does not involve costly training’s and there are no rising technical support calls or issuers.
- Satisfaction of users is enhanced because they have more control of the settings and applications that they require for their work.
- VDI desktops are easy to set-up as users can do so within minutes and enables an organization to enhance its data security.
- Since the issues requiring technical support are less, VDI reduces IT costs in an organization.
- Users who use VDI enhance the energy efficiency of their personal computers enabling them to last longer than conventional computers.
- VDI significantly reduces compatibility problems particularly where a single user