What is Virtual Desktop Software? | Parallels Insights

Virtual desktop software is a solution built solely on desktop virtualization technology. It provides organizations or individuals a way to create and store multiple instances of user desktops on top of powerful computer hardware, residing in a data center or the cloud.

Virtual desktop software utilizes hypervisors, which provide a hardware abstraction layer on top of a computing server. Multiple virtual machines (VMs) can be created using the same computing resources that simulate desktop environments for users, which can store different operating systems, applications, personalized settings, and user-specific data.

Client software installed directly on an endpoint shows the virtual desktop to the user and allows them to interact with it via a keyboard, mouse, touchscreen, and other peripherals. Virtual desktop clients are available for PCs, tablets, smartphones, and other devices.

Types of Virtual Desktop Software

There are different, available virtual desktop software options, which include:

Remote Hosted Desktops

Remote Virtual Applications

Remote Hosted Dedicated Virtual Desktops

Local Virtual Applications

Virtual Desktop Software vs Virtual Machine

VDI vs VM – although virtualization technologies have been available for a while, as the demand for economical, scalable, and secure IT infrastructures has increased, they have gained popularity among businesses. The two industry names most frequently used in relation to virtualization are virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and virtual machine (VM).

A VM is a virtualized computing environment that functions as a conventional physical computer and has its own CPU, memory, storage, and network interface. In contrast, VDI makes use of VMs to create and administer virtual desktops and applications.

Benefits of Virtual Desktop Software

BYOD and CYOD policies: Users can remotely access and operate virtual desktops from any endpoint device, enabling companies to deliver bring your own device (BYOD) and choose your own device (CYOD) working policies.

Central management: Virtual desktops also promise low administration effort as it allows IT admins to control and monitor all the virtual desktops centrally. Given the rising need for maintaining a flexible workplace that can be accessed from any corner of the world, the increasing popularity of virtual desktops in organizations is not a surprise.

Single point of security: By implementing virtual desktops, it provides a single point of security. IT teams have complete visibility and control over the locations where internal sources may gain access to data. This allows businesses to adopt a proactive approach to security by restricting network resource access only when necessary. Endpoint solutions that support virtualized environments, such as thin clients and zero clients, also provide comprehensive security.

Challenges with Virtual Desktop Software

Leading virtual desktop software companies claim to offer a lot of great features. However, the picture is not always great when it comes to customer satisfaction and return on investment (ROI).

Cost: First of all, most of these solutions come with a high cost and need supporting components. Running such a solution brings in budget and integration difficulties. Some solutions are so complex that customers need to hire experts to get things done.

Licensing: Another pain point with the virtual desktop is licensing. Most of the time, multiple high-cost licenses for key features outweigh the upfront benefits for organizations.

Implementation: Virtualization isn’t always straightforward to implement. The virtual desktop market space is highly competitive, with almost all vendors providing cutting-edge technologies and features. The challenge as a customer is to choose something that comes bundled with maximum capabilities and minimum worries for the future—at an affordable cost.

Parallels RAS Enhances Your Virtual Desktop Software Experience

Parallels® Remote Application Server (RAS) provides an all-in-one, easy-to-deploy virtual desktop software solution. It offers both application and desktop delivery under a single license and does not require any supporting components. Parallels RAS is a cost-effective solution with straightforward licensing, as opposed to many alternatives.

Parallels RAS allows users to create virtual desktop environments on top of any hypervisor, such as Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware ESXi, or hyper-converged solutions such as Scale Computing HC3 and Nutanix.

Moreover, Parallels RAS supports various security features, including multifactor authentication (MFA), data encryption, and access filtering.

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