Performing large scale remote access rollouts for transitioning workforces quickly highlights the substantial advantages of VDI technology over traditional client-based remote access VPNs.
Excerpt from Network Computing article…
With remote working models now set to become the ‘new normal,’ organizations are having to rethink their IT operations as they prepare to support a distributed workforce for the indefinite future. For many, this will mean taking a closer look at virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solutions to simplify how they extend secure network access for users working beyond enterprise walls.
The trending increase of the virtual desktop
The rapid growth in popularity of VDI over the next decade or so was fuelled by a number of other benefits offered by the technology: improved workflows, a single sign-on that enhanced the user experience, hardware savings, and the ability to enable and support BYOD programs.
However, while VDI saved IT teams valuable administrative and support time in enabling remote users, the technology had its challenges. While virtualization generated savings over time, the initial implementation required a complex and expensive backend infrastructure, and weak network connections impacted the user experience when bandwidth proved a limiting factor. Plus, investing in VDI software often involved some complexities and licensing challenges.
As a consequence, early VDI technologies failed to achieve their projected market potential. But VDI is once again experiencing a surge in demand, as organizations seek out the most flexible and cost-effective way to deploy highly available services to remote users.