An Understanding of VMware VDI Cloud and Another Alternative

Virtual desktop infrastructures (VDIs) have transitioned slowly from one-size-fits-all solutions to highly customized products that serve diverse user needs across many industry verticals. Generally, organizations can leverage two forms of VDI implementation to provide virtual workloads to remote employees: on-premises and cloud-based—also called desktop as a service (DaaS)—solutions.

In an on-premises VDI setup, the process of deploying, configuring, and managing the enterprise’s IT infrastructure lies with in-house IT teams. However, in a cloud-based VDI environment, this responsibility rests with the cloud service provider. Companies can leverage cloud-based VDI to provision IT resources instantly without the typical complexities of procuring, deploying, configuring, and managing the VDI infrastructure.

In this post, we’ll explore what VDI is, the differences between VDI and desktop virtualization, VMware VDI cloud, and the pros and cons of VDI. Lastly, we’ll learn why Parallels® Remote Application Server (RAS) provides superior services at a lower price than other VDI alternatives.

Definition of a VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure)

VDI is a desktop virtualization technology that uses virtual machines (VMs) to deliver virtual workloads to remote end-users. Typically, VDI hosts the virtual workloads—including operating systems (OSs), applications, and desktops—on the on-premises servers and deploys them over a network to end users, who can access the resources via any endpoint. The endpoint can be a physical PC, thin client, tablet, or smartphone.

An organization can also decide to host the virtual workloads in the cloud or a hybrid of on-premises and cloud deployments. Both of these solutions allow users to access virtual applications and desktops from any endpoint. This saves the organization from the painstaking challenges associated with installing and updating OSs on multiple devices within the company.

However, looking deeper into VDI versus cloud-based VDI, you’ll find notable differences. Essentially, in-house teams manage VDI on the organization’s on-premises servers and generally have high up-front costs. You can learn more by checking out our article on virtual desktop VDI. Cloud-based VDI—also called Desktop as a Service, or DaaS—on the other hand, is hosted in the cloud and managed by a cloud service provider (CSP).

Definition of VMware Horizon

Vmware Horizon is Vmware’s VDI solution, designed to allow organizations to deploy virtual applications and desktops to multiple users’ endpoints, such as traditional PCs and mobile devices. The platform consists of different but complementary components such as:

Differences between VDI and Desktop Virtualization

Most people often use the terms VDI and desktop virtualization to refer to solutions that deliver virtual applications and desktops to end users. While these are related terms and interconnected in the virtualization world, they have different meanings. VDI is a technology that uses VMs to deliver virtual workloads to remote end users who can use different devices to access the resources.

VDI relies on a connection broker that creates the connection between endpoints to the VDI servers, which reside within the organization’s on-premises datacenter. Parallels RAS, VMware Horizon, and Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops are modern examples of VDI solutions that companies use today.

On the other hand, desktop virtualization is an umbrella term that describes all the remote access technologies that companies can use to deliver corporate resources to end users. In this regard, VDI, remote desktop services, and DaaS are all forms of desktop virtualization.

Benefits of Using VDI

Organizations can leverage VDI solutions to manage and secure their resources. Some of these applications include:

Advantages and Disadvantages of VDI

Organizations can derive several benefits from VDI. Some of these benefits include:

VDI may not be a perfect solution for every company despite these benefits. There are some demerits that you should keep in mind if you’re considering investing in VDI, including:

Simplify VDI Cloud Management with Parallels RAS

Desktop virtualization technologies have been around for many years. However, these technologies have gained traction in recent times as companies demand cost-effective, scalable, and secure end-user computing (EUC) solutions. With so many VDI solutions available today, you have an unprecedented opportunity to choose which one offers the most compelling value proposition.

At Parallels, our goal is to power a better way for employees to work. With decades of innovation in implementing and enhancing Parallels RAS—a robust, cost-effective, all-in-one VDI solution—we’ve learned what it takes to power employee productivity through seamless digital experiences.

With Parallels RAS, organizations can deliver secure virtual applications and desktops from multiple cloud computing platforms, such as Azure, Amazon Web Services, or Google Cloud Platform (GCP). Parallels RAS also supports hybrid cloud deployments, allowing organizations to leverage both on-premises and DaaS offerings without integration hassles.

The platform has unique server-management potential, including simplified IT administration and security. IT teams can easily create, scale, and manage virtual workloads through an intuitive console.

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