The Top 3 Benefits of VDI
I’ve spent a good amount of time over the past couple of years explaining (to just about anyone who would listen) the benefits of moving to a virtual desktop infrastructure. After hearing myself ramble on like a broken record, I’ve distilled the 3 benefits of VDI to be as follows – in no particular order:
1. No new hardware!
A common objection from both business and IT management is that a move to VDI would be too expensive. But what most people overlook is that VDI can turn your old, beat-up Windows XP desktops into perfectly acceptable thin clients which can be run until the wheels fall off. Virtualize onto flawless Windows 7 VMs with all the latest software and connect via 7 year-old Dell Optiplexes – performance will still be great and your ROI on all those old desktops extends for another 3 years.
One of the most touted benefits of VDI is the ability to create hundreds of identical Windows desktops in minutes. On the flipside, these same VMs can also be destroyed in the same amount of time. This elasticity provides new avenues for desktop provisioning that simply weren’t available before. For example, you have a new ERP module going in and need to train your users. You don’t want to roll it out to production – so simply install it into a copy of your master image and then provision as many desktops as you need for use as a training lab. All users need to access the lab? Any web browser. When you’re done with training – point, click, delete. Lab finished.
Bring Your Own Device. Go ahead – take off on a 4-day trip to Vancouver with only your iPad in tow. The Citrix Receiver for iOS has gotten faster and more stable allowing iPad owners to count on efficient and productive hours spent working on the road with nothing more than a tablet. But its not just Apple users who get a break: Citrix Receiver supports Android, Blackberry and Windows Mobile too. Love your mouse? Tablet users can take advantage of a surprising feature that most people haven’t found: The latest version of the Receiver lets you use your iPhone as a remote Bluetooth mouse. Very cool indeed.
There are so many benefits to moving to VDI and away from traditional desktops. However, it can be a bit daunting since it’s such a paradigm shift in the way applications and the desktop OS are delivered. It requires a new way of thinking about the end user experience. Fortunately, as the head of Elegrity’s Infrastructure Services team, I can rely on our collective knowledge and experience to develop and execute custom tailored project plans for each of our clients. Inevitably, the end-users are delighted and management gets the spotlight for a job well done – just the way we planned it all along.