Does this sound familiar? It’s a snow day, and you’re working from home on an important document. But you realize, you saved that important file on your office computer’s desktop. There’s no way to access the file. Yikes!
With a Virtual Desktop solution, this dilemma would be a non-issue.
In today’s topic, I’ll go over what a Virtual Desktop solution looks like and how it works. And I’ll share a brief look at the pros and cons of using a virtual desktop within a small business setting. Enjoy!
What is a Virtual Desktop?
A virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) stores a user’s desktop environment on a server. As a result, a user can access everything on their desktop, like files and applications, from another device. Pretty nifty, right?
How does it work? The remote server runs virtual desktops using a software called a hypervisor to create a “virtual machine”. To access their virtual desktop, the user only needs an Internet connection.
The Pros of Virtual Desktop
VDI provides end-users with mobility and the freedom to access their desktop anytime, from anywhere, on any device. This service works particularly well for an organization who prefers not to have an in-house server. Or organizations that have a high number of remote users.
VDI enables organizations to streamline management and costs by consolidating and centralizing desktops.
You’ll also have a more secure environment because VDI allows for the centralization of licenses. With VDI, it’ll easier to keep everything up-to-date. That’s because VDI minimizes the number of items that need to be updated on a personal system.
Same user experience
The biggest advantage is that you will have the same user experience, whether you are at home or across the world. Because you are delivered the same desktop, your files and applications are kept how you like them to be.
The Cons of Virtual Desktop
It’s not a simple switch
Changing from decentralized to centralized licensing requires time and money. The VDI is either implemented in the cloud or in-house on a server. So, VDI isn’t just a flip of a switch, it’s an investment in your company’s infrastructure. VDI may also require you to change your business processes.
If there’s a VDI problem, it can impact everyone.
VDI problems can affect multiple users, or at least everyone using that server or desktop image. If a VDI problem impacts multiple users, there is a strong case that the users’ productivity will go down. And we all know that downtime can cost your business money.
Large scale VDI problems could include server problems, cloud problems, or internet connectivity problems.
For that reason, it’s a good idea to set up redundancy as a failsafe.
Bottom line, Virtual Desktops make end-users’ lives easier. But there is a cost associated with making the switch to a virtual desktop infrastructure. While VDI offers clear benefits, there are two sides to every coin.
If you are considering VDI for your small business, I recommend you partner with VDI experts. My team at MRW Systems is always happy to assist you. If you have any questions or like to schedule a VDI consultation, please contact us today.