Virtualized desktops are arranging an efficient and cost effective approach for businesses to manage their IT peripherals and other related infrastructure. This reduces the stress of managing each machine separately and provides remote access to users at every workstation
Computing technology has become important for organizations with modernization bringing such change by introducing technology-oriented business model into practice. It even effectively enhanced the business operation and improved the business productivity in order to justify its deployment
Different manually operated process are now been automated with computer technology, however with continuous evolution of computer technology, networking technology has also been taken to next-level. The upgraded form of such computer-network couple is known as Virtualization. It further reduces the burden of IT executives and managers to effectively manage and operate upon each workstation from a central location. One such domain of virtualization is VDI or Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, which smoothens the machine as well as application management practices of IT department inside an organization.
Some of the benefits of using VDI are:
- Application Performance: Since all of the applications reside at a centralized location, monitoring and provisioning can be executed without lag. Even if the client or workstation is located at a remote location, close proximity to application servers increases the frequency of maintenance activities and also improves the performance of the application.
- Security: All the corporate data resides at a central location inside the corporate firewalls which secures the data from any external or unauthorized access. Moreover, the user who gets the access to the data actually “views” the data and data is not transferred to any device. This safeguards the data from any kind of robbery, data loss or hijacking.
- Real OS experience: A virtual desktop responds in a similar way as an actual operating system. The application works and induces a similar experience for the users and even system registry level changes like DLL replacements can be implemented at selected locations.
- Isolation: Each virtual machine runs as an individual machine on the same server, so even if one of the VM crashes during operations it does not affect the functionality of other VMs. Different sequencing and research on improving the performance of VMs can be practiced without affecting the work of different workstations.
- Hardware Virtualization: All the VMs over the virtualized infrastructure use a base image of the hardware for processing different requests and managing different drivers. This saves the extra cost of deploying each unit of hardware for each workstation; instead all the workstations can be accommodated with a centralized hardware.
VDI establishes a one-to-one relationship based connection between the virtual infrastructure and workstations over a corporate network. This provides equal access to the resources to all the VMs based upon the roles and authorities that users hold
VDIs use different protocols like RDP or Remote Desktop Protocol for providing best performance of the system and support for audio output. Remote Graphic Software or RGS is used to impart best graphical performance of the VM.