What Is VDI? A Closer Look At Virtual Desktop Infrastructure
Apr 10, 2020
The past few years have seen an increase in the amount of businesses embracing and moving towards a remote workforce, but the current impact of COVID-19 has sped up the process, moving most or all employees across industries to work remotely in the span of a few days. The need to implement a remote working environment has also led to a surge in reliance on technology that has been around for a long time, but has only recently gained popularity: VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure).
A virtualization platform consisting of computing hardware and a hypervisor
A connection broker that connects users to virtual desktops
A profile management solution that allows users to have their unique information persist in a virtual desktop environment.
Ideal for mobile or remote work stations, VDI is a significant benefit to user desktop management, offering increased security, bring-your-own-device (BYOD) flexibility, and better image management.
History of VDI
Despite the increasing demand for VDI, the technology hasn’t always had a great track record, as many organizations found it too costly and complex to implement and use. Previous issues with VDI include external bandwidth problems for a large number of users, difficulties ensuring networks are secure via VPNs and navigating the constant changes to Windows virtual machine licensing.
Virtual desktop infrastructure was further complicated by the introduction of and the desire to incorporate tablets and smartphones. However, new players and modern components like Scale Computing HC3, Leostream VDI connection brokering and Parallels Remote Access Server (Parallels RAS) mean VDI is now better suited for mobile and remote working environments, providing a solution that is easier to manage, more affordable and secure, and which has the ability to consolidate both the hardware and software into a single computing system for greater efficiency.
The Future of VDI
Scale Computing has streamlined the infrastructure (the “i”) in VDI for the midmarket and distributed enterprise and has opened up access to for those who previously believed it to be unaffordable or unrealistic. Scale Computing HC3 automates infrastructure management so that a solution can be deployed quickly, managed easily, and allow for future growth with seamless scale out. By pairing Scale Computing HC3 virtualization with VDI solutions or remote desktop solutions like Leostream or Parallels, users get a simple, all-in-one solution that provides rapid deployment, ease of management, and high availability at affordable prices.
Parallels works with both VDI and remote desktop sessions for connection management and is integrated with RDSH for application publishing. Parallels users also see more BYOD connectivity to desktops and applications on nearly any operating system. When combined with Scale Computing HC3, Parallels RAS enables administrators to rapidly provision and manage virtual machine (VM) thin clones centrally from Parallels RAS Console to make virtual desktop infrastructure solutions faster, more affordable and easier to use.