Deploying a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) gives an organization the ability to store and offer virtual machines (VM) on a server, which can be accessed by multiple clients or devices. It’s an alternative desktop deployment model for cloud solutions, provided by multiple hosting technologies, including Windows, Citrix and VMware.
A VDI, sometimes referred to as desktop virtualization, offers more flexibility and ease of management to IT professionals, leading to a beneficial experience for both end-users and IT admins. VDI environments also enhance business continuity and disaster recovery capabilities, give the ability to deploy thousands of laptops and desktop computers in less time and at a lower cost, and reduce end-user downtime. However, with any technology deployment, an organization will have specific requirements.
There are specific challenges with VDI that can easily be avoided. Plan ahead and avoid the common pitfalls of VDI deployment with these 4 tips.
- Plan according to your sizing requirements. Companies are usually interested in deploying a VDI because of cost-effectiveness. However, it’s easy to be disappointed when they neglect to invest in the right solution for their specific needs. Sizing planning is absolutely critical when creating a VDI environment. Find out if data will be stored on spinning disks or flash storage, graphic needs, and the number of users. Being prepared on sizing and capacity requirements will allow an organization to correctly invest and make decisions that determine performance specifics.
- Know who will be using the VDI. Take a close look at who will be using the VDI, question their needs and goals, and tailor the technologies to benefit them. It’s important to consider how to set up and manage user profiles and deliver and monitor user performance.
- Establish good security practices. As with any technology containing data, there are several security considerations for a VDI project. Think about how you will apply anti-virus protection. You can use a simple solution, or you might need an agent-based anti-virus technology for greater levels of insight and visibility. Also consider data loss prevention, intrusion prevention services, and intrusion detection services.
- Get help from a third party. It’s common for organizations to want to tackle a VDI project, but working with a service provider can help with the planning stages, execution, and management. Find a professional team with a lot of experience with VDI that best matches the project’s needs.
Connectria’s Virtual Desktop Hosting allows organizations to transform mobile devices into powerful work devices, with full access to everything they need to be productive. Through our partnership with Windows, Citrix and VMware, we provide market-proven desktop solutions with 24/7 support. If you have any questions, please contact us.