What Is a Virtual Workspace and What Are Its Benefits? | Parallels Insights

What is a virtual workspace?

virtual workspaceA virtual workspace is a workplace where users are digitally connected to each other regardless of their physical location. Users belonging to a virtual workspace bridge the physical distance separating them from each other with an array of tools designed to foster close communication and collaboration. Thus, a virtual workspace replicates a physical office in the real world.  

How virtualization technology delivers virtual workspaces

Virtual workspaces are mainly used for remote work with high performance and low cost. They rely on virtualization software, which abstracts operating systems, applications, and data from a computing device’s underlying hardware. Thus, a virtual workspace can be moved easily to a more powerful server. 

Virtual workspaces can also run on heavy-duty centralized servers of underlying VDI or RDS implementation. This allows for load balancing, maintenance on hardware, on-demand compute power addition, and redundancy.  

Moreover, virtual workspaces are more secure as the stored data reside in the cloud or any centralized server storage. The ability to run several operating systems simultaneously on the same hardware is what makes users more inclined towards using a virtual workspace. 

Benefits of Virtual Workspaces 

There are various benefits to using virtual workspaces, including: 

  1. Ease transition to remote workWith the pandemic still raging, many are thriving while working from home with the help of virtual workspaces. Using tools already at their disposal, employees get to work in the safety and comfort of their homes. Productivity has not been impacted that much either. 
  2. No physical office space means lower costs: With office space largely irrelevant in a virtual workspace, you don’t have to pay rent and the associated costs that come with an office, e.g., security and maintenance. You can also scale up your team when needed without spending that much. 
  3. More market opportunities and higher profitsSince you can recruit employees from anywhere in the world, you can tap these same people to look for business opportunities within their locales. Moreover, you can generate higher profits based on the many savings opportunities that accompany virtual workspaces. 
  4. Environment-friendly: Since employees don’t need to commute anymore, lower emissions are the end-result. 

Any disadvantages?

Implementing the technology stack of a virtual workspace, such as VDI or remote desktop, is a cumbersome and costly process and requires expertise. Licensing for such a model is not lacking hidden costs, since not all features are available under a single license in many virtualization solutions 

In addition, setting up virtual machines may require additional componentsincreasing complexity in maintenance and cost.  

With virtual workspaces generally running daily computational tasksdowntime might cause rework that can result in higher costs. To avoid unforeseen system crashesload balancing with high availability might be required. 

Using Parallels RAS for your Virtual Workspace 

Parallels RAS is an all-in-one, easy to deploy, and cost-effective virtualization solution that offers both application and desktop delivery under a single license and alleviates the need for installing any supporting component.  

Parallels RAS solution is compatible with the major high-performance hypervisors and can easily be deployed on-premises, public cloud, or in a hybrid infrastructure. It also supports linked-clone technology that expedites the on-demand deployment of any number of VMs which can work as virtual workspaces.  

Enabling virtual workspaces with Parallels RAS ensures secured access to data with features like MFA, data encryption, and access filtering. Parallels RAS also features highavailability load balancing (HALB), which lowers the probability of any downtime.  

For remote desktop use, Parallels RAS enhances Microsoft RDS protocol and also includes Microsoft RemoteFX technology for intensive graphic rendering, ensuring best-in-class end-user experience. 

Download the Parallels RAS trial and see the benefits for yourself! 


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