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How to choose the best Virtual Desktop deployment model for your business

How to choose the best Virtual Desktop deployment model for your business
27th February 2017

by Shannon Greenhalgh

With the rise of remote working comes changes and enhancements in interactivity, collaboration and the way we do work. One such rapidly changing sector is Virtual Desktop and with so many businesses opting to base theirs in the cloud in order to provide support for end user computing, selecting the best deployment model can prove troublesome. Writing for Information Week, Andrew Froehlich recently shared some advice.

Businesses are often given the choice between Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) and Desktop as a Service (DaaS). Each system has a myriad of pros and cons, but there are also several hybrid options that can offer benefits from both worlds.

In relation to a desktop replacement strategy, the widespread nature of network access alongside options where VDI instances can be used while offline, means that VDI provides a whole host of benefits. For IT administrators, VDI provides full, centralised control over both the OS and app data. Moreover, patching is simplified and there are significant security advantages inherent with virtualised workspaces such as VDI.

DaaS, which is comprised of data originally intended to be housed on-site that is now in the cloud, has seen substantial market growth. Froehlich explains that both "DaaS and VDI give you the same overall benefits of any virtual desktop technology."

The most notable difference between the two lies in where the desktop is hosted and the extent of infrastructure control the in-house IT staff has. With DaaS, IT staff have the option to spend less time and resources focusing on underlying network, server and other infrastructure components because they have been commoditised. This allows staff to hone in on technical and security problems that exist within your business. DaaS can be especially beneficial to companies with a geographically disbursed workforce as it provides a "uniform operating experience" for all end users, Froehlich said.

Finally, he notes that virtual desktops are the "future of enterprise IT". Hence: "The question in 2017 becomes, where is your current cloud infrastructure in relation to a virtual desktop rollout?"

For businesses that are unsure, consider this: "If your apps and data are already hosted in the cloud, DaaS is the likely best candidate. If, however, you still manage most resources in a private data centre, VDI might be a better option. If you do stick with legacy VDI, rest assured that a hybrid option is now available for when your application/data cloud footprint finally catches up to your desire to manage virtual desktops in the cloud."


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