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When It Makes Sense to Move to Desktop Virtualisation: 7 Key Indicators

WebWith the quantity and growing variety of devices that you must purchase, secure, manage and upgrade, it may be time to consider implementing a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI).

This approach delivers a personalised desktop computing experience for users, and it centralises and automates management for administrators.

The question is: How do you know when it’s time to move?

1. Your users are increasingly embracing Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), working from remote locations and requiring remote access to your organisation’s data

From smartphones to tablets to laptops, employees are increasingly mobile and determined to stay connected with work on their terms. By providing users with their own virtual desktops, you ensure that they can access the data they need to be productive from whatever device they choose, wherever they are.

2. You are concerned about security

Every laptop or desktop is a potential liability when it comes to keeping data secure. While laptops allow employees to work remotely from home, in a coffee shop, or on a business trip, their portability makes your organisation’s data vulnerable to loss or theft.

3. You want a common desktop experience

You know how your business operates and the tools that your employees need for success. Standardisation is often the key to repeatability and quality assurance of a product or service. No matter the applications they use, users get a common desktop experience with VDI. Desktop virtualisation ensures each user has access to the applications, programs and data that corporate policies dictate.

4. You face compliance requirements

Strict regulatory requirements apply to some data, such as medical records. Regulations establish national standards for the privacy and security of health information—and enforce them with stringent penalties.

Diverse endpoint devices have also proven difficult and time-consuming for IT staff when they have to track the many security patches and data backups these regulations require.

5. You want maximum agility and business continuity

Endpoint devices can suffer any number of traumas, and downtime resulting from endpoint failure can be expensive. Whether a laptop or tablet is lost or stolen, suffers damage from an accident, or simply fails, with a traditional infrastructure the result is the same: the user cannot access his or her work from that device. Even in cases where the system eventually recovers, downtime can cripple an urgent project and tie up IT staff as they try to repair the device.

6. You want to ease desktop management and upgrade headaches

In a traditional environment, IT staff would either need to physically access each endpoint device or work with complex software and scripts to remotely manage updates, such as rolling out a new version of an application, installing and configuring the application, and ensuring that it is working properly. On a large scale, this effort not only monopolises the time of IT staff, it also decreases user productivity as the upgrade happens.

7. You accommodate an ever-changing workforce composed of both contractors and employees

Regular employees are not the only ones who need to work with company data. Interns, contractors, and other temporary workers might need access to some of your data alongside permanent employees, but they may not require full access to all sensitive information.

If any of these indicators are present in your organisation, it’s time to give desktop virtualisation a look. Traditional endpoint environments can be difficult to manage and can present a number of security risks that your organisation cannot afford. Virtualising desktops can:

  • Help you secure and manage user provided devices as BYOD gains popularity
  • Deliver a common desktop experience to end users
  • Increase security and bolster regulatory compliance
  • Maximise agility and business continuity
  • Ease desktop management
  • And better accommodate all the users in your ever-changing workforce.