Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) still straddles several niche markets with varying degrees of success, and is often dismissed as a viable solution due to several myths and common misconceptions that VDI is expensive, insecure, unable to handle graphics and provides a poor user experience.
So, what does VDI really do?
VDI is a virtualization technology that runs desktop OS’s and application software from a centralized server in a data center and provides personalized mobile desktops, all managed through a single centralized location, making applications easy to manage, security policies easy to set and the entire infrastructure highly visible and easy to manage.
Some, like technology consultant Robert Sheldon, author of “How to properly set user expectations about VDI performance,” say the key to successful deployment of VDI is managing the expectations of users. Every user has different needs and requirements of their desktops and OS’s – as evidenced by the broad range of mobile and computing technology used in increasingly more work environments, chosen for ease of use, personal preference, brand or due to budget. Sheldon notes, “When it comes to VDI, end users have come to expect the same level of service they get with their consumer products, including the flexibility to use multiple devices, a high degree of availability and reliability and access to resources no matter where or how they access them.”
While management of expectations is important, choosing the right VDI vendor will also help make the difference between being able to provide the availability, flexibility and excellent experience end users want, and massive failure. Companies like Sangfor Technologies have VDI solutions built to address the most common VDI roadblocks and smooth the way toward total virtualization. Let’s explore the VDI myths above and how companies like Sangfor are addressing them.
Expense & TCO
“We are often asked about the benefits of VDI in respect to investment,” says Aaron Wang, Sangfor VDI product manager. “The initial investment is 10-15% more expensive traditional methods, which sometimes scares people off – but this is shortsighted.” TCO is actually reduced through less reliance on costly labor and lower electricity costs. Aaron notes, “One VDI thin client can manage 1000 desktops simultaneously, eliminating the need for an entire team to manage servers, storage, switches, network and virtualization.
Sangfor aDesk's security and management functions go well beyond those of a traditional secure web gateway, providing centralized management which allows for advanced data protection and security risk visibility as well as reducing the risk of potential cyber-attack, downtime or other financial loss by providing easy & fast endpoint policy settings and flexible administrator access in different levels, groups and scenarios.
Graphics & Flexibility
To meet the needs of professional design, Sangfor has teamed up with NVIDIA to launch the industry’s first end-to-end, KVM based vGPU (Virtual GPU) graphics card virtualization solution. This unique tool addresses the common misconception that VDI is unable to handle graphics acceleration, rendering, 3D modelling, simulation and AI. Going one step farther, the 400 million active Windows 10 users globally can use Sangfor aDesk to make their user experience more reliable, flexible and productive. Windows 10 is often employed in a mixed environment and supports most devices, enhancing flexibility in the workplace.
Support for implementation of VDI is vital. Sangfor Technologies can help address your business problems, give the support required for corporate buy-in and manage the move from physical to virtual (and on-going maintenance). Sangfor’s Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) is a seamless, safe and affordable solution for desktop and application virtualization, and has recently released its latest update, focused on providing efficiency, safety and smooth operation.
Founded in 2000 and a publicly traded company as of 2018 (SANGFOR STOCK CODE: 300454 (CH)) Sangfor Technologies is the global leading vendor of IT infrastructure solutions specializing in Network Security and Cloud Computing. Visit us at www.sangfor.com and get in touch with Sangfor Technologies today to see what we can do to custom build IT solutions to keep you and your data secure and available.