VDI for Business: Discover Its Benefits

Driven by its reputation for increasing business agility, collaboration, and productivity, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) is now a popular go-to solution in today’s highly unpredictable business environment. At the same time, organizations also see its potential for carbon footprint reduction. How is that possible? We examine these points and more in this post.

What Is VDI?

VDI is a virtualization-based solution that eliminates the need to install software applications on PCs, laptops, phones, tablets, thin clients, and other endpoint devices. Instead, it brings all that software to a central location such as an on-premises datacenter or public cloud and then makes it accessible to users through a local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN), or the internet.

When a user interfaces with a VDI-delivered software application or desktop through a device, the visual representation of the interface may change on-screen in real-time, but all processing and storage are carried out at the central location. Because those applications/desktops no longer have to be installed on the endpoint device, they can run on it regardless of what platform/OS that device is powered by.

What Are the Benefits of VDI for Your Business?

The capabilities of VDI also provide the following

What Are Some Uses Cases in VDI for Business?

Because VDI can run on any device, is highly secure, and requires little management, it is well suited for the following use cases:

VDI or RDS: Which Is Better for Your Business?

Today, many people use “VDI” as a catch-all term that includes both Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) and Remote Desktop Service (RDS). While it’s true that both technologies enable organizations to host and manage applications and data in a centralized location and then deliver them remotely to endpoint devices, they have some key differences that you need to consider when choosing the right solution for your business.

First off, RDS is a Windows Server-based solution. VDI, on the other hand, can use both Windows Server (the server OS) and Windows (the desktop OS). Since Windows versions such as Windows 7, Windows 10, and Windows 11 are designed to run on desktops, they have certain functionality as well as applications like Cortana, Microsoft Store, and Edge that aren’t present on Windows Server by default. Thus, if you’re going to deliver virtual desktops using RDS, you need to remember that users won’t have access to those applications.

Secondly, to use RDS for delivering virtual desktops, you deploy Windows Server and then run multiple session-based virtual desktops off of it. In other words, those virtual desktops share the same resources. On the other hand, with VDI, each virtual desktop has its own dedicated VM, each running a separate instance of Windows and using a separate set of resources.

Last but not least, since each VDI desktop runs on its own separate VM and OS, but RDS desktops share the same Windows Server instance, VDI offers better isolation—a key requirement for high-security use cases.

If your priority is cost efficiency, RDS is the better choice. But if you want more functionality, stronger security, and the ability to deliver high-performance virtual desktops, VDI is better. Take those into consideration for your specific use case. Now, if you’re in a situation where you need both, you might want to try Parallels® Remote Application Server (RAS).

Parallels RAS: A Unified VDI Delivery Solution

Parallels RAS is an all-in-one VDI solution that supports both Remote Desktop Service Host (RDSH), the specific RDS component responsible for hosting session-based desktops, and VDI. This means you can experience both the cost-efficiency of RDS and the security and performance of VDI in one solution.

In addition to having the inherent carbon-reduction capabilities of VDI, Parallels RAS also supports public cloud and hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) deployments—two deployment strategies that can reduce your carbon footprint significantly.

Large public cloud providers such as Azure, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and Google Cloud Platform (GCP) are very aggressive in adopting green cloud computing and are even purchasing an ever-growing amount of renewable energy. Currently, they purchase a large part of their energy from power suppliers that operate renewable energy sources such as wind and solar farms, with the intention of getting 100% of their energy from renewable sources in the near future.

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