Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) is a growing area of interest in today’s enterprise. VDI originally gained traction among organizations where information security was paramount since VDI centralizes information in the data center instead of having it distributed among the desktops. Another popular VDI use case was in call centers, where every employee gets an identical desktop and applications with no need for customization.
Today, VDI is seeing lots of interest because of two new capabilities it enables, BYOD and desktop mobility. BYOD is “Bring Your Own Device” and refers to the growing need to support users bringing their tablet computers and personal laptops into the office, yet still needing access to corporate resources. Being able to run a virtual desktop on these devices is an attractive fix. Desktop mobility is important in today’s world of nomadic workers who may be in the office, at home, at Starbucks, at a client site, or elsewhere while using any available computing device they can find. VDI provides a solution for these workers to always access their desktop and applications no matter where they are or what device they have.