With the virtual workforces optimizing themselves for remote working, the question on everyone’s mind is “What is VDI?” “Can it help Remote Workers be more productive?”. VDI or Virtual desktop infrastructure is defined as the hosting of desktops and their environment on a central server.
It is a desktop virtualization solution on which the specific desktop images run within virtual machines on VMs. These images are delivered to end clients over a secure, protected network. The endpoints would include numerous devices like PCs, laptops, mobile phones, tablets, and thin client terminals!
How does it Work?
Now that we know what VDi is, let’s discuss the tools and operations that enable this technology to work. Any business seeking VDI will need to virtualize everything on their systems, using a hypervisor. The hypervisor hosts the virtual machine, which in turn hosts the virtual desktop itself.
When an individual logs into a virtual desktop, the connection broker authenticates the user and connects them to the desktop instance linked to their credentials. To maintain access to their system, end-users need to be connected to the centrally managed server at all times.
The virtual desktop image seen by the user is a clone of the original desktop where all applications are installed. The applications on the main computer are available to users working on virtual desktops.
The benefits of VDI To Remote Workers
Virtual desktop infrastructure offers a user an experience that mirrors the experience of access to everything in your organization on your work computer. It provides you this access at any time, from anywhere, and on any device! Here are some benefits that help the organization and remote workers optimize their productivity and operations:
Enables remote access
Consumers primarily choose VDI because it allows them safe access to their desktops remotely, from any device.
Even better, regardless of the device they choose, the user experience will look the same. This will help in avoiding bumps in the road when customers log in to their virtual desktop for the first time on a specific device.
Another reason individuals choose VDI is the assurance that, while their desktop instance can be viewed from anywhere in the globe, the data contained within it is secure.
All information made available to users is saved on the virtual machine’s server, not on the device now in use. There is a demarcation between where things are accessible and where things are stored. Individuals can thus only access what they would be able to on their physical computers, without having access to all data in the central server.
Admins who are found working in IT departments also manage and control the exact level of access that is granted to different users on their virtual instances. When policies change, the admins will upgrade or remove the user’s access, based on the change.
Easy-to-Use and Automatic Backups
VDI uses a central server to provide you with your desktop instances and does not rely on physical hardware. This makes the interface easy to use and also provides users automatic backup of their data onto the central server. Users no longer have to worry about damage to their device or physical storage drives, as all their data is safely stored.