Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is, essentially, the hosting of desktop environments on a central server. Desktop virtualizations run within virtual machines, and these are delivered to clients over a network. Why do I need to know about VDI? VDI can change the way many companies operate. It could fulfill the ever-increasing demand for employees to be able to work from home, some or all the time, and have the ability to switch seamlessly between at-home and in-office working. Therefore, VDI could be a choice many companies look to make long after the effects of COVID-19 consign themselves to the history books. The ability of VDI to work with multiple endpoints such as tablets or thin client terminals means an increasing number of organizations are already choosing this flexible solution. How does VDI work? End clients remain constantly connected to the centrally managed server, which enables modern digital workspaces access to numerous apps on demand. VDI provides secure and convenient remote access through consistent experiences across multiple devices, and this consistency could help boost employee productivity. A user who remotely accesses a VDI solution from their endpoint can manage the OS, data and applications in just the same way as they would if they were running locally. Single sign-on and secure remote access offer flexibility and consistency. Virtual desktops can also be managed and run alongside the growing cloud, web and mobile apps required to facilitate modern workflows. Flexibility Providing flexibility to remote, mobile employees and users requiring access to reliable virtual desktops from one or more locations helps any organization remain ready to respond quickly and effectively in today’s changing and demanding environment. COVID-19 may have prompted many companies to venture into remote working for the first time. Still, the benefits and potential for this to become the norm make investigating the use of VDI for your organization a worthwhile move. Now more than ever, you could benefit from a chat with a specialist company, such as Ebb3 to investigate how VDI capabilities could help your business and future proof your organization. After all, the constant need to adapt to stay in the game is likely to remain for some time to come. Supporting digital workspaces Digital workspaces are often application-driven, and it is essential to have secure and straightforward access to multiple types of applications, including those virtualized via a VDI OS image. An economical and reliable VDI solution helps scale critical applications and services for today’s increasingly mobile and remote teams. Cost savings VDI technology offers substantial cost savings for IT, with the largest share of processing being server-based. This helps when staff may be required to work remotely as VDI access can be achieved from an inexpensive thin client. In some cases, even an old PC repurposed for the task will be enough to replicate the office environment. Therefore, reductions in new IT purchases for both office and home working could be a significant benefit. Also, providing staff with a consistent visual to their working environment will give familiarity and therefore increased reaction times. This would mean no time wasted, adapting to changing appearances or access issues. Speeding up their working pace in this way irrespective of their location will provide cost savings; they will be faced with familiar sights, systems and processes regardless of where or on what they work. Security With all the data from a VDI connection living on the server, and not with the end client, there should be no potentially-costly data or security breaches should the endpoint ever be stolen, and not on its local storage. Whilst you cannot take security for granted with VDI and proper management of OS images is still a must, digital workspace solutions via SSO can improve endpoint security and encryption for your data in transit.