Windows of opportunity with VDI
Cathi Allen | Strategic Messaging and Content, Dell Inc.
When Windows 10 was initially released, some organizations were early adopters. Your organization might be part of another group, one of the remaining millions which are still planning their Windows 10 migration. Your current version of Windows may seem like it’s serving you, but the truth is that your employees are missing out on a host of features that could make their computing experience not only more enjoyable, but more secure as well.
Soon, an upgrade to Windows 10 will be inevitable. Perhaps you’ve been hesitant to upgrade because of the anticipated time and effort for your IT team to upgrade each user’s station. If you’re still using personal desktop computers, we can’t really blame you.
But as you are strategizing your switch to Windows 10, it might be the perfect time to consider adopting a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). Implementing virtual clients in tandem with a migration to Windows 10 could turn a migration nightmare into a simple upgrade, and turn a simple upgrade into a full-on digital transformation. While that may seem like a lot to take on all at once, let’s look at why you should make the leap.
In a VDI environment, an organization’s critical data is no longer stored on individual machines. Rather, it’s stored centrally in highly secure datacenters. That means your sensitive data and applications are far less susceptible to outside threats or human error, as endpoint malware is eliminated from the OS on every login. With fast, comprehensive patches that can remove known vulnerabilities, and automatic data backups to aid in disaster recovery, VDI environments are not only designed to combat the everyday threats that attempt to access your infrastructure, but they’re also a guard against Murphy’s Law itself.
Not only will your employees appreciate the simplicities of modern VDI environments, your IT professionals will adore them. Today’s thin clients and datacenters reduce IT incidents by 50% and enable them to be solved faster. In fact, through VDI, a single IT professional can service up to 15x more endpoints. And the improved efficiency also reduces costs and enhances conservation. Virtual clients use upwards of 90% less power than traditional PCs. Further, by utilizing a VDI environment, your organization will spend around 46% less on hardware and software.
Improvements to IT productivity are also undeniable. From endpoints for daily task workers, all the way to workstations for graphic-intensive power users, IT teams can remotely build virtual desktops to any profile, and scale them as necessary from a central location- avoiding disruptive and expensive desk-side visits. Centralized management also benefits testing and updating the operating system and individual applications, as well as the ability to manage and transfer software licenses. So rather than visit each desktop computer individually, an IT professional can manage and maintain groups of systems simultaneously and remotely.
Improved user experience
VDI also helps deliver an improved end user experience. That’s because a key benefit of today’s modern VDI is to empower professionals with the flexibility, freedom and security to work when and where they want. Whether at home or in the office, a café or an airport, employees can securely and remotely access centrally-stored data from any device with network access. With the ability to port active desktop sessions, professionals can also move seamlessly from one device to another with no disruption to work.
The truth is Windows 10 runs faster and deploys more quickly on a virtualized client environment. In a competitive climate, having the latest and best technology is the surest way to empower your workforce, cut down on CAPEX and OPEX, and remain competitive as an organization. With the adoption of virtualized clients and a migration to Windows 10, your organization will open new windows of opportunity.
Reach new heights with new thin clients
For the past decade, the modern workplace has been in a state of rapid evolution. Professionals are reaching unprecedented levels of productivity, and a big contributing factor is the unforeseen level of flexibility we now need to decide when and where to work.