First off, What is VDI?
Because of our strong VMWare partnership and the core of our solution being based on VMWare View, I thought I’d let them answer this:
Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) is a desktop virtualization solution that simplifies IT manageability and control while delivering the highest fidelity end-user experience across devices and networks . VDI helps IT organization automate desktop and application management, reduce costs, and increase data security through centralization of the desktop environment. This centralization results in greater end-user freedom and increased control for IT organizations. By encapsulating the operating systems, applications, and user data into isolated layers, IT organizations can deliver a modern desktop. It can then deliver dynamic, elastic desktop cloud services such as applications, unified communications and 3D graphics for real-world productivity and greater business agility. Source: VmWare
In summary, VDI brings all computing, application management/deployment, troubleshooting & management of endpoints into one consolidated console.
Below, I’ve listed the top 5 advantages of using VDI in your environment:
1. VDI Centralizes Technology Management
Technology management for IT staff becomes centralized through VDI. Software programs, web applications and system updates are loaded and installed to one device (VDI Server) and each desktop or device within the network is instantly updated with those additions or changes. This allows for troubleshooting to take place from one device from a network administrator and eliminates a technician need to troubleshoot each individual device. The master image created through the hosted virtual desktop is replicated throughout your system, making for a centralized network or remotely hosted users.
2. VDI Increases Speed and Storage
Through a hosted virtual desktop infrastructure, clients experience a rapid response time in logging into the system, opening software applications, and accessing the Internet. The shared data system allows end users to share software and applications as well as storage capacity, increasing the performance of each end user’s device. Through VDI, a computer lab teacher can spend more time teaching with access to the virtual server’s programs and files rather than relying on each desktop’s varying processors and storage capacity.
3. VDI Provides Reliability for Its Users
VDI provides reliability for end user’s because each end user can expect his or her desktop to perform consistently time after time. Updates to the system occur centrally and each end user receives a replicated image through the system. Therefore, hardware performs better through VDI, while end users maintain high expectations of software application performance through VDI.
4. B.Y.O.D. Through VDI
Multiple users desire to use a variety of devices through a concept called Bring Your Own Device (B.Y.O.D.). VDI allows users to bring different types of devices to access the system’s infrastructure regardless of the type of operating system on the device. Users can bring an iPhone or an Android tablet and still access the system. We can provide a “portal” to a full Windows desktop from any device.
5. VDI Increases Portability
VDI increases the portable access of users within the system to remotely access the system from various environments and locations. With a hosted virtual desktop configuration, students, teachers and administrators can access the system at school or home, even on the go, with little variation in the system’s responsiveness and reliability.
VDI allows for you to fully experience the breadth of today’s technology. Your school administrators and IT staff will definitely see the benefits in using VDI.