Technology is constantly changing and developing, but businesses are sometimes a little shy about investing in it. Take VDI solutions, for example. Many companies have been hesitant to invest in virtual desktops deployed in data centres preferring instead to continue to invest in physical products.
But this is changing.
What is VDI?
VDI, or Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, is the name given to the technology used to create a virtual desktop environment on a remote server. VDI technology segments the server into numerous virtual desktops which users can remotely access through the device of their choice.
A typical VDI implementation includes:
How does VDI work?
In technical terms, the two main components of VDI are the hypervisor and the connection broker.
How are VDI desktops deployed?
There are two main ways in which VDI desktops are usually deployed, and these are:
Not only has the technology behind VDI services developed over the years, but the way in which it is deployed has also changed. In the beginning, many companies just tried to replicate what was on their desks through their data centre, which not only made the implementation of VDIs more complex than it needed to be but also very costly.
Nowadays, system networks are more than capable of coping with a large number of users accessing software through virtual networks. This has led to more inclusive working environments and flexible working patterns – which have come into their own in the last 12 months or so.
What do you need to consider when implementing VDI solutions?
Determining what type of VDI service is right for your business will depend on the following factors:
One of the main things to consider, however, is the compatibility and portability of any applications you want to use i.e. can the applications your business relies on be used in a virtualised environment?
Some VDI vendors are trying to help with this query by offering their own hyper-converged systems, aka HPE converged, which they have formulated to not only bring core speed and storage to systems but network performance as well.
What are the components of hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI)?
Hyper-converged infrastructures consist of two main components:
What are the benefits of using HCI for VDI?
The main benefit that companies find comes with using HCI for their VDI needs is the ease of scalability – but there are other benefits as well, namely:
What are the drawbacks associated with HCI for VDI?
The ease of scalability of VDI is also potentially a drawback as it can lead to:
With all that said, this is a really exciting time for VDI solutions and HCIs and it may just be the solution that your business needs to thrive. To find out more about VDI solutions and how ebb3 can help you get started today, please call 0203 8181 0000 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org