Desktop virtualization is a software-based technology that enables the creation of a virtualized desktop environment on on-premise or remote servers. Virtualization eliminates the use of bulky physical desktops in the local premises, resulting in reduced IT hassles and expenses.
The global desktop virtualization market is growing rapidly and is projected to grow at a CAGR of 24.74% to reach a value of $43.897 billion by 2025.
Desktops or applications can be virtualized from an office premise server or from the cloud, where third-party providers create desktops on their data centers.
How Desktop Virtualization Works?
Desktop virtualization is not a technology that fits all businesses in the same manner. Companies require a customized approach to fulfill their virtualization requirements, and hence they need to choose amongst the diverse deployment models available.
However, if you don’t know the virtualization models in detail, it would be difficult for you to consider the best for your business. Desktop virtualization can be achieved in multiple ways, but there are majorly three types of deployment models which we will look at here.
Virtual Desktop Infrastructure(VDI)
VDI is a technology that creates a virtualized environment by segmenting the servers into different virtual machines (VMs). These VMs act as virtual desktop instances with a dedicated set of applications and a client operating system. The users can access these desktops on their personal devices. VDI offers the IT team a management portal to easily provision, configure, and manage the desktops.
VDI can be deployed either from office premises or from the cloud. On-premise VDI setup requires a considerable upfront investment due to the bulky infrastructure and hardware that is involved. Due to the many of the challenges faced in setting up on-premise VDI, companies shifted to the VDI on the cloud – the next desktop virtualization model we will discuss.
Desktop as a Service (DaaS)
DaaS is an offering in the VDI space offered by third-party providers where the virtual desktops are created on the cloud servers. DaaS offers cloud-hosted virtual desktops with pre-installed applications and tools operated by the end-users from their device. Unlike on-premise VDI, where you take care of all the infra and server maintenance, in DaaS, virtual desktops and apps are entirely managed by a third-party cloud hosting provider.
DaaS offers you high security as the data is stored in the data centers of the providers. It also offers on-demand scalability at a nominal cost and helps you reduce your on-premise infra. Providers offer you a pay-as-you-go model, and hence you can shift your expense from Capex to Opex.
Remote Desktop Service(RDS)
RDS is slightly different from VDI. Unlike VDI, where each user gets a dedicated virtual machine running an OS, in RDS, users work on desktop sessions on a shared virtual machine. It means that in RDS, the users are not isolated, and multiple users are working on a shared VM that decreases the hardware or infra utilization.
Similar to VDI, RDS also helps you in hassle-free remote working. Though RDS looks more straightforward and less expensive than VDI or DaaS, it is not as scalable and not the best fit for high-performance app operations. As users are working on a shared VM residing on remote desktop servers, they may not feel comfortable working on a common platform.
It is always recommended to opt for a managed RDS service from a provider who can give the proper consultation for solutions according to your business requirement.
What are the benefits of Desktop Virtualization?
Till now, we have discussed the ways by which you can deploy desktop virtualization in your organization. Now let’s look at the benefits of desktop virtualization. Though the benefits vary according to the desktop virtualization method you choose, we will discuss some of the common significant advantages here.
1. Enhanced Productivity
With virtualization, employees get the most flexibility in terms of location and time. With remote working in place, such as work from home, employees contribute and deliver better performance as they can maintain a work-life balance.
Employees can have device portability and mobility. They can work from multiple devices like laptops, phones, or tablets to access the desktops. Moreover, mechanisms like BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) help employees work on their devices even in the office. Hence, enhanced flexibility and comfort help increase productivity in the business.
2. Central IT Management
As the workforce works remotely, it may look like a challenge to manage them on a central IT infra. However, it is just the opposite of what it seems to be. Desktop virtualization models help businesses manage and control a vast workforce from a central IT infra and provide centralized desktops, which means you get the same interface on any device you use.
All the upgrading and updating could be done on the central servers without hampering the end user’s time. It helps to have more control with the admin, and choose the rights which have to be given to particular employees. Companies require fewer IT resources to manage the infra, and hence it reduces cost as well.
3. High Security
The most critical aspect for any business is customer data security. However, when the data is stored on personal desktops, issues such as user negligence or malfunction can lead to data loss.
If you opt for virtualization models being set up on your office premises, whether VDI or RDS, you get a centralized storage space for the data. Moreover, the admin can control the desktops from a central server and set passwords to protect files.
If you opt for DaaS solutions, your data is stored in high-security data centers under 24/7 surveillance and infrastructure redundancy. Also, you get data stored under multiple safeguards like OS patching and hardening, Intrusion Detection and Mechanism, multi-factor authentication, and end-to-end data encryption. These features will help keep your data safe from hackers and resolve data breach and cyber threat problems.
4. Reduced Infrastructure
Virtualization helps you reduce your on-premise servers and hardware. However, it depends on the model you choose. Like, if you are selecting on-premise models, you may not be able to reduce your servers, but you may reduce your physical desktops and cabling as well.
However, if you choose Desktop as a Service, you don’t need to keep bulky servers in your office. You also don’t need to maintain and manage an endless cycle of purchasing, upgrading, and updating the desktops.
5. Cost Savings
Desktop virtualization enables you to reduce the initial desktop investments and recurring costs. In VDI or RDS, scalability and optimum desktop optimization save costs as no desktop is left idle if not in use. You can quickly scale up or down your virtual desktop configuration according to the workforce’s increase or decrease.
Moreover, with the pay-as-you-go model from the DaaS providers, you don’t need upfront capital for servers. Moreover, you can easily minimize infra and hardware maintenance expenses as providers do all the work. Moreover, in all the virtualization models, fewer hardware devices and desktops are running on your office premises, helping you cut your office power expense.
6. High-End Experience With Additional Services
Amongst the virtualization models, if you opt for VDI on the cloud or DaaS from the providers, then you may take advantage of some extra benefits they offer. They provide you 99.99% uptime so that you don’t waste your billable hours and 24×7 IT support in case of any glitch. You can reach them over the phone, chat, or email.
Providers also offer a DRaaS (Disaster Recovery as a Service) facility, wherein the providers replicate your data in multiple data centers kept at different locations so that you can have business continuity in case of disasters like earthquakes or floods.
Now, as you have a clear understanding of the models and the advantages of desktop virtualization, you can opt for the right model for your business depending on which model you choose.
Desktop virtualization is the need in every company today, and it has seen immense growth from the times when the pandemic started. You can experience growth in your business by taking VDI on the cloud or DaaS model from the right provider.
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