During the past eighteen months or so, we have seen the workplace evolve at a very rapid pace. Remote work, which used be an exception, has now become a mainstream trend. Enterprises are rapidly moving towards digitalization to improve their processes.
In the broad context of digitalization, there is one technology that is proving very useful and that is desktop virtualization. This is a technology that allows enterprises to setup virtual instances of desktop PCs over dedicated servers.
How to Virtualize Desktops?
Enterprises can adopt two main virtualization techniques. The first one is the on-premise model, where the deploying entity will setup an in-house data center. In this case, all the costs and processes have to be managed by the deploying entity itself.
The other desktop virtualization model, and the more preferred one, is Cloud Hosted Virtual Desktops. In this model, the virtualized instances of desktops are created and managed by a specialized Cloud Service Provider (CSP) like dinCloud.
Now, let’s highlight some compelling reasons that make desktop virtualization a great feature for enterprises. We would like to emphasize here that our vote is in favor of going for a Cloud Hosted Virtual Desktop model.
Security is Centralized
In case of desktop virtualization, whether on-premise or cloud based, all the data will be stored centrally within a data center. This means that vital data is not stored over individual employee devices, which may get lost, corrupted or stolen.
Leading CSPs like dinCloud provide multiple layers of security such as firewalls, encryption, malware protection and end user authentication etc. to keep the data of enterprises secure in every way.
By using Cloud Hosted Virtual Desktops, employee productivity is no more limited to the workplace. Your workforce can access virtual desktops from any location and any endpoint device, as and when convenient.
With desktop virtualization, enterprises can easily implement Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives. This is safe and possible because no enterprise data actually resides on employee devices, rather its stored safely within a data center.
Decreased IT Infrastructure
By going for Cloud Hosted Virtual Desktops, which are also called Cloud Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, enterprises no longer need in-house data centers. Instead, the data centers of the cloud provider will be utilized.
This also reduces the need for specialized IT staff to be retained in-house. All the infrastructure and virtual desktops are managed by the Cloud Service Provider (CSP), where there are skilled professionals to manage all this stuff.
Reduction in Costs
By using Cloud VDI, enterprises save costs in two ways. Firstly, they no longer have to invest huge sums of money on in-house data centers. They also save the recurring administrative expenses on data centers such as rent, heating and cooling etc.
Ease of Provisioning
Cloud Service Providers can instantly provision additional Virtual Desktops for you, as and when the need arises. No additional hardware resources are required on premise to pull this off. This instant scalability of Cloud Hosted Virtual Desktops is phenomenal.
Customize Virtual Desktops on the Fly
To change the hardware specs of physical PCs, you need to undertake a very cumbersome course of action. With Cloud Hosted Virtual Desktops though, you can change the specs such as storage, RAM, CPU and GPU on the fly, without any hardware requirement.
Whether you view Cloud Hosted Virtual Desktops from an administrative, cost, or flexibility stand point, the verdict is clearly in their favor. Given the current situation, Virtual Desktops are the present and future of the modern enterprise.