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VDI Help Boost Productivity & Security

Remote Work has Gone Mainstream

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    VDI Help Boost Productivity & Security
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    Remote Work has Gone Mainstream

What

Hosting of desktop environments on a central server

Why

Remote Work, BYOD & Shift Work

Who

Citrix, Microsoft

VDI in digital workspaces

Assuming all supporting infrastructure is functioning as intended, a user who remotely accesses a VDI solution from their endpoint can manage the OS and the applications and data on it as if they were running locally. This setup lets workers safely access everything they need from virtually any device, without requiring specific hardware.
Augmented by solutions for convenient single sign-on (SSO) and secure remote access, virtual desktops can also be run and managed alongside the growing spectrum of cloud, web and mobile apps integral to modern workflows. Employees get a unified experience that enables greater productivity, while IT avoids silos and mitigates the risk of unauthorized logins.
In other words, VDI in the context of a digital workspace platform contributes to a superior working environment without compromising on security. However, the exact ways in which VDI will benefit users and IT will depend on the particular deployment type.
What are the benefits and limitations of VDI?
VDI supports enhanced user mobility and remote access, as a standardized desktop can be reached from almost any approved and compatible endpoint in any location. For workers who are frequently on the go and need to pull up a virtual desktop containing a full range of virtual apps and data, VDI is like having an office available on-demand. In that regard, it fits right into their digital workspace workflows that already feature similar, regular consumption of cloud, web and mobile apps across multiple contexts, especially if it’s persistent VDI.
Deployment
Cloud or On-Prem
Supported Device/OS
Any Device/Any OS
Cost savings and lower hardware requirements
Beyond benefits for end users, VDI technology can also be a strong cost-saving measure for IT:
  • Because the lion’s share of processing in VDI is server-based, relatively expensive or cutting-edge hardware is not needed
  • VDI access can instead take place from an inexpensive thin client, which might be an old PC that has been repurposed for the task and thereby had its lifespan extended
  • That saves IT the need to make as many new purchases or major adjustments to its budget
Security
Digital workspace solutions can help in this regard via SSO, improved endpoint security and encryption for data in transit.
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What are the use cases for
VDI?

VDI is an important technology for many types of workers across numerous industries. Remote and mobile employees, contractors, kiosk and task workers, field technicians, medical professionals, teachers and many others regularly rely on VDI to access a reliable virtual desktop from one or more locations. Thanks to the versatility of VDI across its different deployment types, VDI technology can work equally well as a way for users to have access to standard, nonpersistent desktop or to turn their virtual desktop into a highly personalized digital workspace.
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“Digital workspaces are application-driven. Within them, secure and straightforward access to multiple types of applications, including those virtualized via a VDI OS image, is essential.”

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