The workplace as we know it is changing quickly. Instead of going “to” work, workers are working from anywhere and everywhere on mobile devices. The number of mobile devices each employee uses to access their work is growing, too. Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is the practice of hosting a desktop operating system on a centralized server and creating an image of that desktop that can be accessed by a variety of devices from desktops, laptops, mobile devices, and thin clients, from any location.
While increased mobility and access to data and applications have a positive effect on productivity, they create new security challenges for the IT department in protecting the corporate data and managing every endpoint device that accesses the network. VDI increases security for organizations, primarily for remote and mobile users.
VDI Makes Security Easier to Manage
To reduce the burden of securing a mobile workforce, VDI technologies make it possible to manage and protect applications, data, and content centrally in the data center, no matter which device an employee may use. The data center infrastructure offers built-in security capabilities which make VDI security easier to manage.
VDI Increases Security for Mobile and Remote Users
Data is stored and accessed in the data center. This means employees never have to save the actual data to their devices, drastically reducing the risks of a lost or stolen device. According to the 2017 U.S. IT Services Report, 47 percent of organizations deploying VDI have done so for all remote users, while 14 percent have deployed VDI for all users both inside and outside of their network. And, when choosing which applications to deploy with VDI, 57 percent of organizations use VDI for key corporate applications while only 43 percent adopt VDI for the entire desktop.
VDI Improves Security for Disaster Recovery
If your office is flooded or goes up in flames, the data on your computers is lost unless you’ve enabled an effective data backup system. Using VDI minimizes your losses since the data is not saved on the computers or individual devices; this means you can quickly operate your business from other devices, even when faced with a major disaster.
Additional Benefits of VDI
VDI offers benefits to the organization beyond increased security, too.
Reduce Your Upgrade and Purchasing Expenses
Deploying VDI means you can push the operating system image from the data center to each of your users, giving everyone the same experience regardless of the device they access it with. Instead of upgrading the hardware and software on each individual device to keep up with changes in technology, you only need to update the OS image in the data center and deploy it to each of your users over VDI.
Increase Productivity and Efficiency
VDI makes managing hundreds of desktops easier. Resources can be allocated quickly and with more elasticity. Users don’t need to waste time installing every application they need on their devices individually; instead, the IT department simply authorizes access to users based on their needs in lightning speed.
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2017 U.S. IT Services Report sponsored by Fidelus