Although beneficial, traditional desktop environments are now slowly outliving their usefulness. They have an inferior security system, poor administrative control, and are not remotely accessible. However, with the advent of cloud computing and its applications, such as VDI, many organizations are now redefining how they manage their desktop infrastructure and embrace its newer form.
VDI or Virtual Desktop Infrastructure is a virtually accessible desktop environment. It carries numerous benefits like remote accessibility, a quality security framework, and improved administrative visibility. While you can always set up your VDI in which you and your IT team will have complete control over it, availing it from a VDI provider is also an option (known as hosted VDI) where the provider will manage everything.
So let’s have a look at the various use cases of VDI.
1. Easy BYOD Implementation
In recent years, organizations around the world have seen a significant rise in the BYOD trend. Employees, instead of relying on office devices, are preferably more comfortable with their own devices. In return, they show much better workplace productivity and improved employee satisfaction. However, letting them use their own devices has its own security and configurational concerns.
For instance, an employee may have a Chromebook, but his applications are only compatible with Windows OS. So what to do? How can you overcome this specification barrier? The answer is VDI. With VDI, you can easily access the configuration setup of your choice. Since all you need is proper internet connectivity and valid authorization, you can access the required desktop without worrying about the configurational setup of your end device.
2. Remote Workers
Before COVID-19 struck the world in 2020, the organizations, although familiar, were opposed to the idea of WFH (work from home). Now with the number of permanent remote workers estimated to be doubled in 2021, it is pretty clear where the paradigm has now shifted, as more and more people are willing to work remotely. However, for your organization to operate remotely successfully, it is necessary to have the required tools. While many applications will aid you for the same, hosted VDI is essentially a game-changer for being more remotely capable.
Let’s understand this with the example of the accounting industry. Accountants require a particular configurational setup for processing complex data. VDI can easily make it available to them as the end-device configuration doesn’t matter with hosted VDI. The end device just acts as a medium to access the cloud-hosted VDI system, and the users can access the required desktop specifications from their homes without and work comfortably.
Industries like e-commerce heavily rely on their data to sort vendors, orders, customer behavior and build a predictive inventory using data analytics. Yet, many e-commerce businesses lack credible Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery (BCDR) plans to regain their data in case of any mishap. So when a disaster like an earthquake hinders office access, their business suffers dramatically. They cannot carry out their regular organizational operations, which in turn may tarnish their reputation and cause them to lose customers.
However, with hosted VDI, you get infrastructure redundancy. For example, if the power supply fails from one source, you will get an instant power supply from another source and carry on with your work. This way, you can efficiently serve your customers and fulfill your work commitments. VDI service providers offer credible disaster recovery plans as well. The reputed VDI providers also regularly back your data. They maintain several data centers with multiple copies of your data and provide on-demand data backup to retrieve the data quickly.
4. Regulatory Compliance
Across the world, different industries have different regulatory requirements that must be fulfilled for ensuring optimum quality, legal compliances, and data security. For example, let’s look at the healthcare industry. The healthcare sector must mandatorily follow HIPAA regulations to preserve their patients’ privacy and safeguard personal data. However, using local desktops carries serious safety issues. Most of the data is not securely encrypted and can be easily accessed by unauthorized individuals.
However, with the VDI, you can monitor the administrative visibility and prevent illicit access to medical data as data security is in your hands. You can also adhere to HIPAA regulations and other compliances. However, if you wish to adhere to multiple compliances without any hassle, opting for a third-party VDI provider is a better option. This is because service providers offer services to numerous industries and adhere to compliances such as PCI DSS, SOX, and more.
VDI is a unique way for multiple industries to gain an edge over their competitors as it offers various benefits. It streamlines multiple processes and saves the hassle of the IT team interacting with each endpoint individually, saving time and money.
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