With the rise in cloud computing, too comes the rise of Virtual Desktops! Known as VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure), Virtual Desktops are growing in popularity as an option for mobile workplace and a replacement option for on-premise hardware. VDI can be implemented in on-premise, cloud and hybrid environments to ensure your workers get the best performance.
VDI consolidates your users’ hardware into high-density servers built for running a number of desktops.
Virtual Desktops are useful for folks who work in multiple locations at a time.
Full Virtual Desktops
Full virtual desktops are not much different than a typical desktop, except that it’s running in the cloud and on fast server hardware. Data and applications are stored locally on the virtual desktop and we treat it no differently than your own computer.
Full VDI must still receive updates and intrusive changes when necessary.
Smart VDI breaks up the client OS Environment into 3 parts: OS, User Environment, Application Presentation. By doing so, we can control each component separately and allow them to come together for the end user when needed so that the user gets the most optimal experience.
By separating the components, we can ensure that the OS is always updated but does not break the use of applications or cause unwanted manipulation of the users’ profile. We refresh the computer after each use so newer, updated virtual desktops are used when the user logs in.
We can also update applications between logons so the user’s environment is always secure and up-to-date.
Frequently Asked Questions
A virtual desktop can be accessed from any PC with the client software installed, web browser, thin client or zero client made for this purpose. Most use dedicated zero clients; a small, inexpensive hardware that can last for years in comparison to desktops.
Virtual desktops are treated similar to virtual servers and can be easily secured, troubleshot and backed up.
Scanners, as well as other peripherals, can connect to the zero client just as well as to a desktop. The connection is carried to the virtual desktop as if it’s a local device. Most peripherals work with VDI systems.
Depending on what type of setup you have, data is usually stored in a virtual hard drive on the storage system of the VDI. If hosted on-site, the data is in your datacenter. If hosted in our cloud, the data is stored in our datacenter with your servers.
Data is sometimes not stored on the desktop as we frequently refresh the desktops after use in order to apply updates and changes.