More and more companies are adopting Virtual Desktop Infrastructures (VDI) for their IT environments to simplify management and efficiently allocate resources. However, VDI is still a relatively new technology with many components, which can make it difficult to know what factors to consider when evaluating solutions. This post will explore five of the most critical elements that IT professionals should consider when assessing VDI solutions for their business.
- Simplicity is Key. The greatest incentive for companies to move to VDI is to simplify management of users throughout the organization. When evaluating VDI solutions, IT professionals should focus on options that will most effectively simplify their users’ experience while also being a simple hardware and software solution for IT administrators to manage themselves. From a user standpoint, this can mean replacing desktop towers with thin clients, standardizing their applications, and streamlining performance. From an administrator’s perspective, this means mass-upgrading software and provisioning resources on an as-needed basis with just a few clicks, as well as consolidating all user management to a single management interface.
- Scalability is a Must. It’s imperative that the VDI solution you select for your infrastructure can scale to adapt alongside your company’s future growth. Future growth can be challenging to predict, so it’s necessary that the VDI solution has a well-defined expansion path that can be simply and quickly implemented to acclimate to unforeseen growth demands. It’s also important to consider the effect that this growth will have on the system. Will adding users to the VDI infrastructure compromise the performance and experience of the other users? Will additional server or storage hardware be able to communicate with the existing VDI hardware? What is the maximum amount of users that can be managed through the VDI solution? These are all important questions to ask when vetting VDI for your business.
- Stay Secure. With cybersecurity becoming an increasingly mandatory requirement in the business world, many IT administrators already have practices and procedures in place to protect their users and company from external threats. It’s important to maintain (or increase) this same level of security when moving from physical desktops to a VDI environment. When evaluating VDI solutions, be sure to explore how your existing security measures – such as antivirus, VPN and encryption – will translate in a virtual desktop environment. Many VDI solutions offer features that provide increased security over physical desktops, such as individual USB port lock control and customized user access limitations that can be set and monitored by the VDI administrator.
- Product Support is Crucial. VDI is a new and upcoming technology, meaning many IT administrators are not as familiar with its capabilities and standard operations as they are with more common infrastructures, such as virtualized servers and network storage appliances. With this being the case, it’s important to make certain that your VDI solution is well-backed by a knowledgeable support team that can assist with the installation, answer all questions, and help tweak the solution to best meet the needs of you and your users. 24×7 support is also critical in the event of an urgent issue that requires immediate assistance. What is the vendor’s support process? Are there a set of support reps dedicated to your account? Is the support team even in your country? These are all important questions to ask when qualifying VDI solutions for your VDI project.
- In the Long Term, Standalone Solutions are Best. There are two basic types of VDI architectures – Integrated and Standalone. An integrated VDI solution is one in which VDI users are added to the existing environment, typically by simply adding user software licenses and running the VDI users off of the existing hardware resources. This type of architecture is best for small VDI deployments (usually less than 20 users), since a multitude of users can begin to negatively impact the performance of other applications running on the same hardware. Integrated solutions make it difficult to ascertain the exact hardware resource requirements per user and even more difficult to scale out the VDI solution to meet just the VDI users’ needs. On the other hand, standalone solutions are completely isolated from the rest of your existing infrastructure, and are dedicated for VDI purposes only. While standalone solutions leverage your existing network, they rely on their own dedicated hardware and software resources to operate your VDI environment. Standalone solutions like SnapVDI make VDI simpler to manage, scale, secure, and support, while also guaranteeing consistent user experience, opposed to an integrated VDI solution that is impacted by other factors in the environment.
SnapVDI by American Megatrends is a turnkey, all-in-one hardware and software VDI solution for VDI environments with 50 users or more. SnapVDI includes redundant servers, storage, zero clients, and proprietary cache acceleration software – all of which is managed by the single SnapVDI Manager interface. If you would like to receive pricing for SnapVDI or speak with sales, you can contact us here.