Enterprise Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)
How remote and hybrid workplaces manage and secure access to mission-critical applications, files and data from virtually anywhere.
Whether your enterprise employs 100 people or thousands, if yours is a remote workforce or you've adopted a hybrid work model, you face several challenges.
Top of mind is enterprise-class data security. How can you help protect your organization from cyberthreats while also providing employees with access to the mission-critical applications, files and data they need to collaborate and be productive? Implementing a cost-effective virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is the answer.
Benefits of Implementing a VDI
Centralized control and scalability
A VDI gives you greater control over your software and your data by housing them on one or more centralized computer servers. Each server is segmented into separate virtual machines that host virtual desktops. Your employees can then access these virtual desktops remotely using their devices. All data processing happens on the server, not the end-users' devices.
This centralized approach is easy to scale. Instead of managing and configuring individual computers and software installations, there's just one instance of each application to manage and maintain. Simply add or remove virtual desktops as your needs change.
Access from anywhere there's an internet connection
Whether employees are at the office or working remotely from across the globe, virtual desktops like the Microsoft Azure Virtual Desktop give them access to the applications and files they need. They just need a compatible device and an internet connection.
Because employees are doing their work virtually using the Internet, the actual data lives on the server, not on the individual devices. This not only simplifies data security measures, but it also makes life less stressful for your IT staff if an employee's device is lost, stolen, or hit by a cyberattack.
VDI, however, does not minimize the need for data security. Proper end-user authentication, endpoint security, and data encryption are also factors. Zones can help you identify your needs and implement a complete solution.
Reduces operational costs
VDI's centralized approach may reduce the IT resources your organization needs – or allow you to put their skills to use in revenue-generating initiatives. You can also save on hardware costs. Because the real data processing power comes from your server, your employees may be able to use older or less sophisticated devices, such as a thin client or tablet.
Why Choose Zones
We live and breathe IT. It's our passion. With that comes focused expertise on VDI and virtual desktop solutions as well as a commitment to providing you with outstanding customer service.
From VDI consulting through to implementation, Zones is with you every step of the way. We can even provide cost-effective 24x7 managed services – freeing your IT staff to focus on more important projects like revenue-generating initiatives.
Skilled in HCI implementations
Today's high-performance hardware has led to the development of hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI). Recommended when over 100 virtual desktops are needed, HCI combines storage, compute, networking, and management into a single, cost-effective system that:
- Simplifies operations
- Reduces your total cost of ownership (TCO).
- Is scalable to your needs1
HCI has made obsolete the more costly and difficult-to-deploy solutions of the past. Zones can design your deployment and migration of workloads from traditional virtualized infrastructure using HCI solutions including VMware® vSAN, Nutanix™, Dell EMC VxRAIL, and Cisco® HyperFlex.
Our experts will help you determine which VDI solution best fits your organization
We'll start by assessing your existing environment, including:
- User personas
- Device requirements and application usage
- Critical areas of support
- Service availability and SLA requirements
- Security and compliance guidelines
- Cost-benefit analysis
Based on our findings, we'll recommend a VDI solution that best fits your needs:
- On-premises: Your VDI and virtual desktops run on servers in your own data center.
- Cloud: Your VDI runs on servers in a cloud hosting provider's data center. You access your virtual desktops via the cloud. Also known as Desktop as a Service (DaaS).
- Hybrid approach: A mix of both on-premises and cloud-based VDI.
And we can configure your virtual desktops to be:
- Persistent: A one-to-one approach for individuals who need a customized desktop they can return to.
- Non-persistent: A one-to-many approach in which the desktop begins with the same setup regardless of how many people use it.
In the end, it's all about helping your employees be their productive best – from virtually anywhere and on any device – so they can help your organization thrive. Take the first step to getting all the advantages of an enterprise VDI.
1. What is Hyperconverged Infrastructure? VMware (accessed March 12, 2022).