30 April 2021
Amazed by the perks of smart-working we will not give them up. Employees will indifferently work from ‘their’ office, at home, in a coworking space or, better at the customer's.
Companies must therefore find a strategy that follows this evolution without accepting compromises in terms of data security or reliability and performance of the devices used.
Remote desking functions work when the employee uses the classic business software (for example Excel, Word and proprietary apps). When the user has to use videoconferencing or sharing software instead (the various Teams, Meet,) the remote desktop solution no longer supports it. The user then ‘steps down’ from the remote desking-supported level to the underlying native operating system, he is using and at that point he is no longer protected.
A Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), on the other hand, 'controls' the whole device or better replaces it, exploiting just the monitor, keyboard and mouse. The hardware and software equipment of the PC or tablet becomes indifferent: it could very well be a device with limited logic or memory equipment. In fact it will access the company network and use data, applications and computing power of the company server.
VDI solutions have many advantages. Obviously safety, which is the highest possible. Secondly, they eliminate onboarding and maintenance costs of the fleet of company devices (desktops, notebooks, tablets). Usually, each machine has to be purchased, tested, equipped with the necessary software. Over the years new releases or new applications should be installed or downloaded one by one from each machine (which was not easy even when everyone spent the day in the office).
With the VDI approach, there is no need to install software on every single machine, nor to worry about its maintenance. With VDI each device uses the same app. In case of loss or theft, damage is reduced to a minimum (the machine does not contain any data). Risks in the event of loss of the machine or damage caused by viruses are also prevented.
A VDI solution is particularly useful in videoconferencing and in all forms of sharing and collaboration, increasing the productivity and efficiency of employees.
Anywhere and using any device, for any type of application (including heavy tasks such as 3D design) the user experience is the one obtainable in the office and with the highest range of devices.
The last benefit is in terms of hardware cost. Artificial obsolescence makes it necessary to replace every 3 or 5 years 'fleets' of perfectly functioning devices. In a word, through Virtual Desktop Infrastructures such as VMware, the holy grail of the virtual workplace is realized.
With this solution the client, once activated, completely recreates the user's 'working space', with all its applications and data. The employee is always thoroughly in the office, fully supported by the best company hardware, protected at best ... but physically located where she or he can work best.