Desktop Virtualization for Small and Mid-Size Businesses

Desktop Virtualization, or VDI, is a tempting upgrade for entrepreneurs and business owners. VDI delivers the sweet promise of maintaining more control over the use of desktops by employees, mobility and security. The concept is simple: individual desktop files and applications are hosted on a remote central server instead of the usual hard drive of a personal computer.

 

Improve Performance And Easier Maintenance With VDI

The drawing power of this technology is less maintenance of an actual desktop that needs constant attention with regards to software patches, anti-virus, backups and other updates. Centralizing application maintenance and data management lead to improvement in performance, saving time in maintaining individual desktops and mobility of employees.

 

VDI Readiness For Your Small Business

But before getting into the Desktop Virtualization, its is important to note there are a few factors to think about:

  • Can the small businesses IT handle the technical know-how necessary to install and keep the VDI system running properly?
  • IT know-how and infrastructure are related: if the system is not implemented properly it can create a domino effect of bad performances, from the network level down to the end users. Performance and productivity will suffer.
  • VDI is a long-term investment, with some higher purchase costs but lower support costs.  Many businesses find creating a private cloud environment, and paying it on a monthly basis like a utility, a much more cost effective way to do to accomplish the same thing.

Think of it as a long-term investment to save time and money on maintaining desktops, increasing productivity and increasing control and security. VDI is beneficial to all business scales when properly executed and implemented. The long-term benefits outweigh the cost.

 

Benefits Of VDI

  • It cuts the time spent on managing and purchasing computers individually by centralizing management of the desktop and streamlining delivery of desktop information and applications from one main server. Management and IT save time in performing administrative tasks and support operations. New users are provided with their desktop information and applications remotely.
  • It lowers the IT costs in the long run.
  • VDI increases the level of security as the storage and processing of information is centralized.
  • Mobile access to information and applications as well as device preference increases employee productivity as they aren’t tied to their desktop to access information and in processing. They can work wherever and whenever is needed. And VDI allows them to choose the device they want to use such as laptops, tablets, iPads or even thin clients. Even in this remote application, IT still maintains the level of security needed.

VDI technology has been around for a while but the enhancements to the technology can significantly increase productivity and security in a small and mid-size business. However, entrepreneurs/business owners must know what they are going to do with this new innovation and where it will take them. Properly executed and implemented, the new system reaps the benefits enumerated earlier, and more. But if not, the system can reduce overall productivity and create employee dissatisfaction.

 

IT Assessment For VDI

It requires a full assessment of the whole small business IT infrastructure. Before getting a VDI system in place, the IT infrastructure must be assessed to see if current servers and applications are ready for the shift and can support the shift. Retrieving information and data processing must be done at a fast pace, if not, it defeats the purpose of higher performance ratings and productivity. To have fast virtual desktops requires faster servers with faster storage. Overall VDI gives small businesses the advantage of saving time and money on IT costs, increases productivity and security. These are long-term benefits that increase the probability of growth.