In the past, moving from traditional PCs to a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solution was challenging. A classic VDI implementation of 100 applications and 1,000 users could take 250 days or more, and the final cost was often unpredictable. Organizations today require end-to-end desktop and application virtualization infrastructure solutions that are flexible, reliable, scalable, and easy to deploy.
Desktop virtualization helps improve service delivery and competitiveness by simplifying how IT works on systems, dramatically reducing the complexity of the system and making it more flexible. The IT team can then move from being a largely reactive technical group to playing a proactive role in the strategic organization. Dell EMC can assist IT teams in this journey while improving user experience with the Dell EMC Ready Architectures for VDI.
Some challenges that organizations face today include:
- Workforce empowerment— Personal technology is driving newer and higher expectations. People want the same benefits at work as they have on their personal devices. They want faster, easier-to-use devices and applications that fit their specific needs. Technology itself has become a way to attract and retain the best talent. It has become a differentiator and a job perk.
- Optimized IT resources—Organizations that manage a large number of traditional PCs find that the task is becoming increasingly complex. With desktop virtualization, you move applications, data, and the OS (the desktop) to the data center. IT can centrally manage the virtual desktop from the data center and save time and money by troubleshooting PCs remotely instead of physically visiting each PC.
- Improved security—Organizations require the ability to control data, recover from disasters, apply policies, comply with regulations, and monitor risk. Maintaining data and application security, as well as compliance, are the leading IT concerns in organizations of all sizes. Mobile office trends and bring-your-own device initiatives mean that more devices and sensitive data are out of direct IT control, increasing the risk for data theft, viruses, malware, and ransomware attacks. In addition, traditional antivirus solutions cannot keep up with the amount of new malware that is created daily. Non-security IT specialists also tend to find security and compliance complex.
- Cost management—Organizations must monitor and optimize the total cost of ownership (TCO), achieve greater utilization from infrastructure assets, and reduce energy use.