Hey, Rob! Why do I need Virtual Desktop Services (VDI)?

How do users make sure that the data on their desktop is still safe when their organization moves to the cloud? In the halls of Concerto Cloud’s offices, you’ll often hear “Hey Rob!” in preface to a question just like this. And so, as part of the “Hey Rob!” video blog series, he answers this question by comparing the benefits of Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) to those of Remote Desktop Services (RDS).

 “I get asked a lot, "Hey, I'm moving all of my servers to the cloud, but I still have my desktop. How can I make sure that all of the data on my desktop is safe and secure when I move to the cloud?"

Remote Desktop Server Is Not A Great Desktop Replacement Strategy.

There are couple of options that organizations have for desktops in the cloud. A legacy solution that companies still sometimes use is a solution called Remote Desktop Services (RDS). RDS works well if you're publishing an application and you're making one or two applications available. But it's not a great desktop replacement strategy because it doesn't provide a good user experience. Typically, if something happens on the RDS server it can impact all users. As an example, you could have ten users logged into the system and one of those users could do something that then would consume all the memory or the processor on that server - as a result, all of the other users would experience the impact of that.

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Is End User Friendly.

A solution that we often recommend and deploy for organizations is Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), where each individual user has their own virtual machine or virtual desktop that they connect into. It's a better solution for end users because they're able to configure the machine to their preferences. They can have a wallpaper that is customized to what they want it to be, so that they can see their kids or fur babies on their desktop screen. It also retains their individual user settings for printers and other items when they log back on.

Resources that are associated with a virtual machine are dedicated specifically to a user. So you don't have the same ‘noisy neighbor’ challenge or that issue where a user may run amok with the processor.

VDI Offers Protection Against Malware And Balances Resources Among Users.

VDI brings individual users’ machines and consolidates them in the data center. So if you have a dispersed workforce that is working with sensitive information that would typically be on a local work station out in the field,  all of that data is now secure. In that way, VDI is an additional security function.

Another benefit to VDI is that if a user has an issue with their operating system (i.e., they went to a website and something became corrupt on the machine from drive-by malware), they simply log off, log back on, and get a new machine. When they log off, the machine is destroyed and another machine fills up in the pool to take its place. So when the user logs back on, they log on to a fresh machine that doesn't have the malware installed, has all their local settings and their local files like they would have before, and feels like a true desktop.

If you have any questions about VDI, RDS, or cloud strategies in general, please reach out to Concerto Cloud Services. We'd love to have a conversation with you.