VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) implies virtualization of user desktops to provide remote access. VDI allows remote employees to work with corporate resources regardless of their location.
The technology has several features:
- Workstations are administered from a single console. The customer establishes rules and policies that are applied simultaneously.
- Software installation or upgrade takes minimal time and does not depend on the end user’s geographic location.
- Scaling up the workstation base is done in a matter of minutes. It’s the same way with downsizing.
- No depreciation costs for users’ PCs. The client needs to keep an eye on the state of the server hardware and upgrade in case of need.
- Access is done via thin clients, which cost much cheaper than workstations and are also more durable.
- Confidential information is physically stored in data centers, which are much better protected than user PCs.
- If a virtual station becomes infected with malware, administrators disconnect it from the public network and remove it, preventing further exposure.
- A virtualization solution initially costs more than buying regular PCs, but it pays for itself later on.
Who is it for
The first area of usage is for “mobile” employees who need access from anywhere in the world. For example, a user is away on a business trip in another city or country. Having VDI in the company makes it possible for him to access corporate services at any time.
VDI is also necessary for companies that have strict user access control over corporate resources. Administrators configure security policies so that users cannot copy confidential information and take it outside the company.
The third option is not tied to any particular hardware. VDI can be accessed from any hardware.