1) Workplace Flexibility
It might be the most obvious advantage. If your desktops are hosted virtually, employees and members of your team will be able to access them regardless of their location, situation, or device. The result, generally speaking, is significantly increased flexibility within the workplace.
Imagine a remote workforce that can suddenly leverage the same technology without expensive installs. Meanwhile, the Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) trend is taking off, with 87 percent of organizations now relying on their employees to use personal devices for at least one application.
In each case, flexibility is essential, by hosting your desktops and applications in the cloud, you can achieve accessibility even in these situations.
2) Significant Cost Savings
Virtual Desktop typically comes with relatively minimal cost if the server setup already exists. In exchange, you can get potentially significant savings down the road. In other words, desktop virtualization is much more than just an initial cost. It’s a positive investment that has the potential to bring a significant return.
First, you can rely less on expensive desktop computers with the exact right software and license needed. But even upgrades and maintenance, which can take significant IT time when performed on many different machines, are reduced to a minimum as they can be accomplished in a much more centralized manner.
These benefits are not just hypothetical. Citrix, a major provider of VDI’s, estimates that virtual apps can reduce desktop costs by up to $1.7 million for large organizations.
3) Dynamic Updating
As your organization gets larger, computer choices become more diverse. Creative professionals look to Apple screens, while IT experts prefer PC’s. Managers expect laptops that increase portability, but tablets and even phones become invaluable while on the go. Here’s the rub: all of these devices might be running different operating systems and app versions.
Updating these various devices with both regular maintenance and major upgrades can quickly become difficult. The same software may not work equally well depending on the browser, OS, and age of the machine. A virtual desktop becomes a solution, centralizing the updating process to make it more dynamic.
You won’t need each employee to log in just to make sure they have the newest OS version. Instead, you can perform the upgrade once, benefiting everyone in the organization.
4) Decreased Security Risks
Especially as organizations grow, digital security becomes an increasingly essential concern. After all, a single cyber attack can cost the average business upwards of $2 million in damages. Preventative measures are not optional, but absolutely essential to ensure long-term business survival and success.
A virtual environment for your business will play a significant part in making your business more secure. The data is now stored in a central system, which you can protect more strongly than you would be able on your employees’ devices. Everything is centrally managed, allowing you to set the rules and keep your data in the right hands.
Most data breaches happen by accident. You can prevent both these accidents and intentional attacks simply by keeping better track of your data, and how it is accessed.
5) Better Disaster Recovery
Like cybersecurity, disaster recovery has become an essential part of IT management. Almost 50 percent of businesses who experience a disaster without a recovery plan in place never recover from it. How can you make sure that your organization doesn’t become another part of that depressing statistic?
Virtualization certainly isn’t the only step, but it becomes a crucial help. You no longer rely on the stationary computers that might be lost or damaged in the disaster. Instead, the data is stored in a centralized location, safe and backed up regularly. Even as recovery efforts begin, you can already access that data to minimize downtime and potential damages.
You hope it never happens. But when it does, you need to be prepared. With a VDI in place, you can be.
6) Centralized Troubleshooting
What happens when one of your employees experiences a software problem? In most traditionally set-up organizations, the answer is linear. A service ticket leads to an IT call, and a local solution. The best-case scenario might include an analysis of whether that same problem exists on a more global scale, with individual fixes put in place to address a potential solution.
Imagine the work required to stem this type of workload. Now, add in the fact that a global solution might not be easily possible or immediately sought, leading to duplication of efforts for each ticket. In a virtual desktop environment, the same troubleshooting happens once, globally solving the problem for all constituents.