After the past two turbulent years, businesses across all fields are shifting the way they operate. Office buildings are empty. Employees are scattered around the nation and the globe. Across multiple industries, workers are increasingly seeking remote work opportunities in lieu of traditional 9-5 office gigs. So, how can small and medium-sized businesses support their employees’ newfound hunger for location freedom while operating at a pre-pandemic level of productivity? The answer, for many businesses, is through Virtual Desktop Infrastructure. As we’ve stated before, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDS) allows users to access a full desktop operating system (OS) remotely for a complete remote workplace solution. The desktop could be either a normal PC or a Virtual Machine. Unlike Remote Desktop Services, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure is a centralized solution run on server-based machines within a data center and allows users to access company data from anywhere.
Remote Work Flexibility with Virtual Desktop Infrastructure.
As the name suggests, and as we stated above, Virtual Desktop infrastructure gives employees and executives increased workplace flexibility. The Covid-19 pandemic taught companies a valuable lesson in the value of workplace flexibility. During the pandemic, businesses that couldn’t or wouldn’t support remote workers found themselves in turbulent waters. After the pandemic, employers who can support remote workers and offer workplace flexibility stand out as top-tier workplaces to top employee prospects. Virtual Desktop Infrastructure is a secure and affordable solution that often comes in the form of a cloud-based subscription service that can be modified as needed and allow employees to access critical company data across multiple devices from anywhere in the world.
Improved Cyber Security
Relying solely on locally stored data puts you at increased risk of a data breach. Each time a company device requires an update, the individual employee must perform said update. If the update is not performed, security loopholes pop up that hackers can exploit. These loopholes can ultimately lead to data loss, data theft, ransomware, and more. By using a Virtual Desktop, employers can instantly update applications and software for their employee users safely and securely. Additionally, VDI users enjoy the increased security of housing data with a secure data center.
Software isn’t cheap when business owners must pay for licensing across multiple devices. With every new device, employers are forced to spend more, especially if a rapid upscale is required. With a Virtual Desktop, employees who need to access licensed software can do so securely, and employees don’t have to pay for individual licenses.
Simplified IT Management
IT management can be a logistical nightmare for small and medium-sized businesses. With a VDI, companies can couple their VDI with Managed IT services and centralize their IT service under one data center. Additionally, when IT issues arise, IT managers are often able to fix issues across all company devices using Virtual Desktop Infrastructure.
Scale with Ease
The unprecedented events of the last two-and-a-half years showed the working world how important it is to be able to scale efficiently. During the pandemic, many businesses, like those in travel, were forced to quickly scale down their operations or risk closure. Other businesses, such as delivery services, saw the need to scale up and do so quickly to keep up with demand. VDI allows businesses to scale with ease without having to force employees into the office to manage physical devices.
Improved Disaster Recovery with a Virtual Desktop
Disaster often strikes without warning. During the 2021 Texas Freeze, companies found themselves without power for nearly a week. Critical data was lost forever when pipes burst and servers were destroyed. It doesn’t always take a natural disaster for a large-scale server outage to occur. It’s vital for companies of all sizes to take steps to ensure their data is protected. One of those important steps an employer can take to secure its data is investing in a Virtual Desktop. Using VDI, organizations can utilize cloud-based backups to quickly restore their data in the event of a server failure or natural disaster. If there’s a loss of power at the office, employees can use their own devices at home to access their workplace desktops, reducing downtime.
Thin-nology is Central Texas’ premier data center. In addition to providing VDI, Thin-nology offers Colocation, Edge Computing, Managed IT Services, and more.