VDI can be quite expensive, especially if you deploy it yourself by purchasing, configuring, and maintaining equipment. But if you count the long-term benefits, remote workplaces are cheaper than buying and maintaining powerful computers for each employee.
Work with a ready-made virtual workplace, an average laptop or tablet is enough; because the working programs are installed on the server or work in the cloud, they do not use the device’s resources. If desired, you can even configure access to a virtual workplace from a smartphone or tablet.
Security And control
You completely control the virtual computer: keep track of what programs are installed there, what network it is connected to, what happens to the files. This is not a home PC on which a remote employee can do anything. In addition, additional settings for transfer protocols allow you to block copying data to a USB flash drive, disk, or from a remote session to a local machine, as well as taking screenshots.
Ease Of Settings
Remote workplaces can be quickly created, deleted, and duplicated. For example, you can set up a computer for an accountant once and then copy it ten times – and you have jobs for the entire accounting department ready. And if a new employee comes, you can set up a new workplace for him in one click.
Dynamic Resource Allocation
You can allocate more or less power to employees depending on their needs. For example, while a designer is communicating in a working chat, 3-4 GB of RAM will be enough for him. And when he launches AutoCad, he can be allocated 32 GB. With an ordinary stationary PC, this will not work: you have to buy a computer with specific hardware, and the power will be either in excess or not enough.
Fast Software Upgrade
If you need to update the software that employees use to work at their remote locations, you do not have to manually tinker with each PC: you can launch a quick update of all virtual desktops on the server.
User Profile Management
VDI is a complex technical product, but their big plus is that they provide the delivery of the desktop interface and the management of the user environment: additional customizations, saving user data and settings of installed programs, EDS management, and more. That is, they create a complete user environment.
Three Ways To Implement Remote Workplaces
Deploy VDI At Its Facilities
To do this, you will need to implement, configure and commission the necessary software for creating a remote workplace.
You will have to independently maintain the server, configure software, buy licenses, worry about data protection and access. If the capacity of the equipment becomes insufficient, it is necessary to buy a new one, and this will not be done quickly.
If the light or the Internet is turned off where the server is located, it may stop working along with all remote workplaces. If you have one server room and the second is not in reserve, then you need to think about disaster recovery – leave some of the VDI virtual machines for yourself, and place some in the cloud. You can also prepare virtual machine templates: in the event of a disaster in the data center, they can be quickly deployed to the cloud infrastructure.
Rent a Cloud Server And Organize Workplaces On It
This method relieves you of the headache associated with iron. The cloud provider itself will update the servers, monitor their work, and provide data backup. If the capacity is no longer enough, you can simply rent more. You will only pay for the resources that you use.
At the same time, you will still have to implement and configure workplaces with the necessary programs yourself.
You can manage them through a simple interface, quickly set up and configure virtual workstations, and, if necessary, add capacity in one click. Already configured virtual machines can be saved as images, then you will not have to configure them a second time: if necessary, you can deploy as many new servers with the necessary settings as you need.
Get a Virtual Workplace As a Service from a Provider
In this case, you do not just rent cloud servers, but you get a completely ready-made service with ready-made images of virtual machines that you just need to tweak and, if necessary, install the necessary software for work.
The provider can provide the base images from which the VDI is deployed or build them yourself, adding any necessary programs and settings.