Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Examined

E2EVC 2019 Lisbon

What is Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)?    

VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) is the technology used to create a virtualized desktop environment on a remote server setup. Virtualization software, called a hypervisor, is installed on a central server, creating the virtual desktops distributed to users and accessed from their devices.    

VDI can be persistent and non-persistent:   

VDI Implementation  

At the start of every year for the past few years, IT analysts have predicted it would be the year of VDI – which it appears 2019 is!  According to new data, more companies are considering VDI projects than ever before in 2019 (source: TechTarget).   

Organizations are shifting towards VDI due to lower IT costs, centralized management of the IT infrastructure, and the flexibility of allowing employees to access applications and desktops from any device, anywhere. Moreover, user experience is improving with better GPU availability and enhanced functionality.  

According to the End User Computing – State of the Union survey, VDI is also gaining ground because of an increased focus on security. Centralized management (22.79%) is the most important reason to use VDI. In addition, VDI environments with 100K concurrent users have increased from 0.6% in 2018 to 2.2% in 2019. 

VDI no longer requires big budgets, time, and dedicated resources –  changes have made it possible for organizations to spend less time, effort, and money setting up the infrastructure.     

The Challenges of Virtual Desktop Infrastructure  

IT administrators can have a difficult time assessing the performance levels of a network. When numerous concurrent users log in, performance suffers.  Virtual desktops have to be delivered in batches to avoid wasting resources. While VDI reduces expenses on client-side hardware, the overall management of the infrastructure may become expensive.   

Businesses have to optimize the infrastructure to cut down costs; however, it is crucial to deliver high performance to the most demanding users. The flexibility to use popular hypervisors with Windows RDS is another requirement.    

Parallels RAS Supports Virtual Desktop Infrastructure   

Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) provides a centralized management platform to monitor and manage virtual desktop infrastructure networks effortlessly. It provides the flexibility to use both RDS and VDI infrastructures, leveraging the major hypervisors available on the market.  Parallels RAS supports Microsoft Hyper-V, VMware ESXi, and hyperconverged infrastructures such as Nutanix Acropolis, Scale Computing HC3 and HPE.

Being a vendor-independent tool, Parallels RAS delivers highly scalable solutions with the same interface and features, regardless of the technology used. Moreover, it automatically generates VMs using customized templates. While it saves administration time, user demand is also effortlessly managed.   

Applications and security updates can be automatically completed on a group of virtual desktops by simply updating the master (or golden) image, saving time, reducing complexity and repetitive tasks. Parallels RAS is easy to use, manage, and maintain – it is an affordable solution that delivers virtual desktops and applications effectively. 

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