As more companies are allowing employees to work remotely, many IT decision-makers are searching for techniques and technologies to enable remote access that is both simpler to implement and more secure for the organization than deploying physical desktops. In response to these needs, IT departments are exploring the use of desktop virtualization solutions enabled by a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI).
Contributed by Jonathan Hull from a tech services provider, a report from AccountingWeb recently highlighted several areas to think about when deploying VDI. Though written for accounting firms, the considerations noted by the report can be applied to all industries.
To best leverage VDI, he stated, a company needs to have a full understanding of the technology, as well as its benefits and how they apply to specific industries.
Reasons to deploy VDI
There are a number of reasons an organization might want to deploy virtualized desktops. Supporting the needs of remote workers and improving the management and speed of desktop deployment are among the most common uses for VDI.
When leveraging VDI, an organization can provide end users anywhere, anytime access to their desktops, without compromising the security of these hosted resources. So whether they're on the go or working from a home office, they can enjoy remote access to their desktops wherever and whenever they choose. Furthermore, there are no restrictions on the types of devices and platforms that can be used by employees, provided that appropriate remote clients are available for these end-user platforms.
As for better management of desktops, VDI allows the IT department to control desktop configurations and customize them for specific end users' needs. And with virtual desktops, tech professionals no longer have to worry about the hassle that can come with physical PC installations.
VDI cost benefits
Ultimately, cost is weighed heavily for any decision made by a company. Executives and senior-level managers want to know that any new purchase or deployment is ultimately going to save money in the long run. According to a poll conducted by InformationWeek, the use of VDI may be less expensive than the systems companies already have in place.
For its 2012 Alternative Application Delivery Survey, the news provider asked organizations to compare VDI with current systems. In examining the return on investment of VDI, a combined 39 percent of respondents said it would be either "somewhat less" or "much less" expensive for them. Another 17 percent said costs wouldn't change.
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