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10 Ways How VDI Will Change Your Business in 2019

1. Remote Work

Every employee desires a level of flexibility in the working hours and the freedom to leave the office anytime without leaving the work behind. The most exciting feature of VDI is that it gives employees the ability to work from a remote location. For businesses, it can be highly beneficial as the work never gets neglected even if the employee is commuting or at home.

2. Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

The VDI makes your process independent of hardware restrictions as well as hassles. As the desktops are virtual, you are liberated from the local desktops and can conveniently access your virtual desktop from portable devices such as smartphones, laptops, and tablets. You can even use a thin client to access your desktop. Hence, the employees can bring their own device to work sparing the cost of hardware for business owners and improved flexibility for them.

3. Security

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure helps the businesses to keep their data secure by eliminating the local storage of data whatsoever. As the data is stored in a remote location, presumably in remote cloud servers if you opt for a hosted desktop provider, any damage to your device do not affect the security or integrity of the data. The portable device you use is just to access the remote server. Hence, you can access your data from any device as long as you know the username and password. Even if the device gets stolen, you do not need to worry as no one will be able to access the data without the login credentials.

4. Desktop Pools

With the implementation of VDI, virtual desktops can be divided into different domains, sometimes referred to as Desktop Pools. Let us assume that your office can be segmented into three departments – HR, Accounts, and Sales. Each of these departments requires desktops to carry out their daily tasks. However, each department has diverse roles and responsibilities. Consequently, each department requires a desktop with a different set of system specifications, software, and operating system. You can create a desktop pool for each department with each virtual desktop possessing the same specification in a particular pool.

5. No Hardware Issues

Consider the scenario of local desktop setup, where the desktops are physical in nature. If a desktop crashes or has an issue concerning storage or processor, there is no other alternative other than replacing the corrupted hardware or the desktop itself. However, in the case of VDI, virtual desktops can be provisioned very easily. As the Virtual Machine (VM) on which the desktops are hosted is virtual, any issues with the VM can be resolved by migrating your desktop to another VM.

6. Easy Provisioning of Desktops

Provisioning of new desktops for your office is a nuisance as it involves assigning physical space, installation of operating system, and software, setting permissions, etc. Imagine 20 employees joining your office at the same time and provisioning the desktop for each. Moreover, if you want to reduce the number of desktops, what will you do with the physical machines? The solution is Virtual Desktop Infrastructure. You can provision virtual desktops in a matter of seconds. The virtual nature of desktops enables you to add or delete the desktop with the help of a management portal where you can view and manage all the desktops.

7. Scalable Desktops

The physical desktops come with a specific set of specification like processor, RAM, storage, etc. Although you can upgrade the desktops, it involves the tedious task of hardware replacement detested by the IT department. Moreover, the changing hardware requirement with each software upgrade, it is not feasible to keep replacing the hardware. The VDI technology enables the desktops to scale almost instantaneously. When the VDI is implemented in the cloud environment, the flexibility of cloud enables the virtual desktops to upgrade or downgrade the specifications of the virtual desktops.

8. Power Utilization

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure helps in minimizing power consumption by optimizing the resources. An office with physical desktops will consume loads of electricity with each component of the desktops such as CPU, monitor, etc. requiring power to function. However, in the case of VDI, multiple virtual desktops can be created on a single server, with the power consumed by the server only. However, the server requires power for processing and cooling. An even better option is virtual desktops hosted on the cloud that enables the businesses to avail the virtual desktops from cloud providers and minimizing the power consumption in their office premises.

9. Resource overallocation

Resource overallocation is a process that is associated with virtualization, and therefore, with VDI. With the implementation of VDI, the businesses can optimize resource utilization, and the costs related to it. With VDI, a virtual desktop can utilize the server resources of other desktops if some of them are in idle state or not using the total resources allocated to them. Imagine a server with 128 GB RAM hosting 8 virtual desktops, each desktop allotted with 16 GB RAM. Once a desktop utilizes its 16 GB of RAM, it can utilize the RAM from other desktops, given that the other desktops are not utilizing their RAM fully. Resource Overallocation enhances the flexibility of your desktops ensuring that no desktop degrades in performance.

10. Cost

Lastly, the factor that every business takes into consideration while setting up an office infrastructure is the associated budget. The costs associated with desktops are recurring as every hardware becomes obsolete after a certain period of time and needs to be upgraded. VDI ensures the use of less hardware by creating multiple virtual desktops on a single server. The reduces the physical space required for the desktop, and you can use a more compact setting for your office. Moreover, the cost related to desktop replacement and upgrade is also reduced. Another alternative is DaaS, where even the servers are hosted by cloud service providers reducing the Capital Expenditure even more.

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (FAQS)

What is VMware Horizon?
VMware Horizon is a family of desktop and application virtualization solutions designed to deliver Windows and online services from any cloud. With Horizon, VMware extends the power of virtualization—from data centers to devices—to deliver desktops and applications with great user experience, closed-loop manageability, and hybridcloud flexibility.

What is Horizon 7?
Horizon 7 allows IT to deliver virtual or RDSH published desktops and applications through a single platform to end users. These desktop and application services— including RDS hosted apps, packaged apps with VMware ThinApp, SaaS apps, and even virtualized apps from Citrix—can all be accessed from one unified workspace to provide end users with all of the resources they want, at the speed they expect, with the efficiency business demands.

What is User Environment Manager (UEM)?
VMware User Environment Manager offers personalization and dynamic policy configuration across any virtual, physical, or cloud-based environment. User Environment Manager can simplify end-user profile management by providing organizations with a single and scalable solution that leverages existing infrastructure. IT can simply map infrastructure (including networks and printer mappings) and dynamically set policies for end users to securely support more use cases. With this solution, end users can also enjoy quick access to their Windows workspace and applications, with a personalized and consistent experience across devices and locations.

How is Horizon 7 licensed?
The Horizon Advanced and Horizon Enterprise editions and Horizon Apps are available in two perpetual license models.

• Per named user (NU) – For virtual environments with staff that require dedicated access to a virtual machine throughout the day.
• Concurrent connection (CCU) – For virtual environments with a high number of users who share machines throughout the day, such as students and shift workers. A concurrent connection is defined as a powered-on VM and connected virtual desktop session.

What is VMware App Volumes?
VMware App Volumes supports real-time application delivery to virtualized desktop environments. With Horizon 7 and App Volumes, IT can build a real-time application delivery system that ensures all applications are centrally managed. Applications are delivered to virtual desktops through VMDK virtual disks, without modifying the VM or applications themselves, and can be scaled out to virtual desktops with superior performance, at lower costs and without compromising end-user experience.

What is the difference between Horizon Enterprise and VMware Horizon Suite?
Horizon Enterprise has all the features and functionality included in VMware Horizon Suite, with the exception of support for file sharing. However, Horizon Enterprise includes features not bundled with Horizon Suite, such as support for hosted RDS applications and desktops, App Volumes for just-in-time application delivery, and vSAN Ready Nodes

How do I get a Horizon Client for my devices, and how much does it cost?
Horizon clients for different devices are included as part of the Horizon solution at no additional cost and are available in the product download portal.

• Horizon Client for iOS is available from the Apple iTunes store.
• Horizon Client for Android is available from the Google Play store.

Which products can be purchased standalone?
You can purchase Mirage, ThinApp, App Volumes, User Environment Manager, vRealize Operations for Horizon, vSphere for Desktop, Horizon for Linux Desktops, and vSAN as standalone products.

How can I access a virtual desktop using my own computer?
You can access and use virtual desktops from personally owned computers and some mobile devices. Using your personal equipment, you can install a free application - VMWare View Client or use VMware Horizon HTML access.

What is Blast Performance?
Blast Performance is a comprehensive set of technologies available with Horizon 7 that are designed to ensure that end users have a consistently great experience across devices, locations, media, and connections. Blast Performance extends across the following:

Blast Adaptive UX –
Optimized access across the WAN and LAN through an HTML browser or Horizon Clients with PCoIP or Blast Extreme protocols. Blast Extreme offers a new protocol purpose-built and optimized for the mobile cloud, built on industry standard H.264.

Blast Extreme Adaptive Transport –
BEAT maintains a great user experience across a wide variety of network types, ranging from corporate LAN to public Wi-Fi and mobile networks.

Blast Multimedia –
High-performance multimedia streaming for rich user experience.

Blast 3D –
Rich virtualized graphics delivering workstation-class performance

Blast Live Communications –
Fully optimized unified communications and real-time audio-video (RTAV) support. Horizon 7 now includes support for Microsoft Lync with Windows 10.

Blast Unity Touch –
Intuitive and contextual user experience across devices, making it easy to run Windows on mobile.

Blast Local Access –
Access to local devices, USB, and device peripherals.

Horizon Clients with Blast –
Unified client for consistently great experience across devices and locations.
What is image management for physical machines?
Image management for physical and virtual machines leverages Mirage to ensure that IT can easily deploy images to end users across all physical endpoints. This capability is included in Horizon Advanced and Enterprise editions.

Does Horizon also support Linux operating systems in addition to Windows operating systems?
Yes, Horizon Enterprise supports both Windows and Linux (RHEL, Ubuntu, CentOS, and NeoKylin).

What is VMware workspace environment management?
Workspace environment management encompasses a core set of management and automation capabilities that customers can take advantage of with Horizon. These capabilities consolidate, control, orchestrate, and protect user compute resources and leverage VMware App Volumes, VMware Mirage, VMware User Environment Manager, and vRealize Operations for Horizon. With Horizon products, customers can now access these core capabilities through a single pane of glass to streamline desktop, application, and infrastructure management.

What is cloud pod architecture?
The cloud pod architecture allows customers to dynamically move and locate Horizon VDI and RDSH pods across multiple data centers for efficient management of end users across distributed locations. This feature is available with all Horizon editions. Instant Clone technology is available through Horizon Enterprise Edition and in Horizon Cloud Service™ with On-Premises Infrastructure.

What is VMware vSAN?
VMware vSAN, a software-defined storage tier, pools compute and direct-attached storage resources and clusters server disks and flash to create resilient shared storage. vSAN provides customers with a low-cost storage alternative that eliminates the need to overprovision storage to ensure that end users have enough IOPS per desktop. Customers can additionally simplify storage provisioning by managing this through Horizon. VMware vSAN Advanced for Desktop is included in Horizon Advanced and Enterprise editions.

What is NSX for Horizon, and is it included with Horizon editions?
NSX for Horizon is a standalone offering available to customers who are looking for a fast and easy way to set networking security policy for end users that follows them across devices and locations—regardless of changes in the underlying physical infrastructure. NSX for Horizon does not come with any of the Horizon editions.

What is Instant Clone technology?
Instant Clone technology provides a new, dramatically accelerated means to provision virtual machines in vSphere. With Instant Clone technology, a booted-up parent VM can be quiesced and “hot-cloned” to produce derivative (child) VMs rapidly, leveraging the same disk and memory of the parent VM, with the clone starting in an already “booted-up” state. This process bypasses the cycle time incurred with traditional cloning, where several power cycle and reconfiguration calls are usually made. When administrators combine Instant Clone technology with App Volumes and User Environment Manager, they can rapidly spin up desktops for users that retain user customization and persona from session to session, even though the desktop itself is destroyed when the user logs out.

What is the difference between fat clones, linked clones, and instant clones?
Fat clones, or “full clones,” are those virtual machines (desktops) that will persist across sessions. Each user is allocated a virtual desktop that uses a system image dedicated only to that user with no dependencies on a parent VM/clone. Virtual desktops deployed as “linked clones” share a common system image across all users, made from the snapshot of a parent virtual machine. If the central image is recomposed, user changes to a virtual desktop are not retained. These desktops are considered nonpersistent. This dramatically reduces the total required storage space, because there is no need to copy the same system image repeatedly for each new virtual desktop user. Instant clones, like linked clones, are derived from a parent virtual machine. However, the provisioning process is much faster, because the parent VM is captured in a booted-up state such that the creation of each child VM does not require power cycle and reconfiguration steps required of linked clones.

What is True SSO?
True SSO streamlines the user login experience by leveraging a Horizon certificate to authenticate users accessing their Horizon desktop via Identity Manager, all the way through to their Windows desktop. Prior to True SSO, users would be presented with the usual Microsoft Active Directory login prompt before they could access their desktop, incurring a secondary login step after authenticating through Identity Manager.

What is the difference between Blast Extreme and PCoIP?
Blast Extreme is a new display technology built on the H.264 protocol. It offers customers an additional means by which their Horizon workspace can be remoted to their client device. Horizon 7 continues to support devices that leverage PCoIP, and with the addition of Blast Extreme, customers can choose the display technology that best fits their use cases.

Which VMware vSphere edition does the VMware Horizon 100-pack contain? How many licenses are included?
All Horizon editions include VMware vSphere® Desktop, which has the same functionality and features as vSphere Enterprise Plus Edition™. vSphere Desktop is licensed on a per concurrent connection basis, so you can deploy as many hosts as needed to support the number of concurrent connections for which you are licensed.

When would I choose among Horizon 7, Horizon Cloud Service with Hosted Infrastructure, and Horizon Cloud Service with On-Premises Infrastructure?
Customers can choose the Horizon offering that best fits their preferred IT consumption model and maturity stage of cloud services adoption. For those who are aligned with private cloud on-premises deployments and are not interested in hybridized deployments or subscription pricing, Horizon 7 is an ideal fit. For those who are embracing hybridized deployments with the ability to unify management across pools of desktop capacity residing in both on-premises and cloud-hosted deployments, Horizon Cloud Service with On-Premises Infrastructure may be preferred. For those who seek a completely cloud-hosted approach with all desktop capacity residing in the cloud, Horizon Cloud Service with Hosted Infrastructure is an ideal solution.

What is Horizon FLEX?
Horizon FLEX is a complementary solution to the Horizon portfolio. Its key feature is that the data is stored locally, allowing end users to work offline or on the road. It is a bundled offering that includes a FLEX policy server, FLEX clients (Fusion Pro for Macs and Player Pro for PCs), and image management capabilities. Common use cases for Horizon FLEX include BYO PCs, disconnected workers where VDI is not a viable option, temporary workers or contractors, development and training environments, and regional offices.