In the current age of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), users will be able to access their Virtual Desktops using their existing PCs, Macs, tablets, or phones. Not only does it allow the user to easily switch between operating environments, but it also eliminates the need to upgrade your workstation.
VDI also makes workstation deployments simpler since every attached workstation will be able to utilize the same image which will reduce administrative and support costs in the long run. Furthermore, this feature is convenient when one of your computers malfunctions since you will be able to access user data and applications at any other workstation. Also, instead of upgrading all of your office’s individual workstations, you can opt to purchase Thin Clients or Zero Clients that have no spinning disks and have a longer lifespan than traditional workstations.
VPLS offers two types of VDI services in the forms of on-premise VDI and cloud-hosted VDI commonly known as Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS). Our deployment of DaaS, however, is unique from other service providers in that we deploy the same technology as an on-premise solution in a private cloud environment dedicated for the customer. This increases the security for our cloud-hosted VDI deployments and allows IT administrators greater control and visibility. We also recommend utilizing Nimble Storage for on-premise VDI deployments to achieve high IOPS and fast performance. VPLS primarily uses Nimble Storage arrays for all of our workloads.
If the majority of your users will be connecting from inside the office along with utilizing graphics or even memory intensive applications, then on-premise VDI is the way to go. If you have limited Internet bandwidth, servicing your remote or branch office VDI users will be challenging and will adversely affect performance.
If your workforce is distributed across multiple sites and offices, then cloud-hosted VDI offers better performance as workloads that can be distributed across data centers that are geographically preferential for users.
Everyone always asks which company is better, faster, or more reliable between Citrix, VMware and Microsoft. Here at Evocative, our expertise extends to all three virtual desktop platforms and we can help guide you to the right solution depending on your requirements and budget.
All three software manufacturers can deliver a virtualized application or dedicated desktop, but each software has its own set of unique performance characteristics that will work better for certain applications or use cases.