With the pandemic striking the world hard, everyone was forced to shut down and pause. Soon, working from home became the most millennial thing in the new decade, and everyone in the IT and other industries started to work from home with their limited infrastructure, i.e., mobile phones and Laptops.
With just an internet connection to hold things up, technical workers soon adopted the VDI system as the most convenient way of working from home with minimal requirements. In this regard, VDI was extremely useful for all technology-based companies as it emerged as one of the most useful techniques.
But in actuality, VDI has been present in the industry for a long time and is being used in many companies to allow access to the company’s private information for the employees no matter where they work. Today, this concept has become more in the know now with the current WFH scenario.
What is VDI?
VMWare coined VDI or Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, but the technology was present in a relatively loose terminology in the IT world years before that. VDI was invented to allow companies and corporates to help their employees access the data that is exclusive to the company from anywhere with just a thin device at hand such as a mobile phone, a basic laptop or an iPad or tab.
This technology was most beneficial for software, IT and technical professionals whose companies had exclusive software systems to carry out their work. Most workplaces in these fields have a unique, customized software that lets the employees log into them and then connect to the private data server where all the important information is stored.
But to download all this data using expensive software on all employees’ laptops or cellphones is not practically possible. Not only does it turn out to be very expensive, but it also has a concern for network requirements, hardware requirements, privacy and security issues etc.
This is where VDI comes into play, when employees need to access the company’s private software systems, data servers or log into company applications from any part of the world.
VDI or Virtual Desktop Infrastructure allows companies to secure all the data and software that employees require over their data server and only virtual access to employees over their laptops or phones.
Working Remotely with VDI
Employees who work from home, employees who travel a lot for their jobs or employees who need to access company data servers on their phones, such as top management, cannot all be provided with large laptops with high-end system configuration and access to all software systems.
Instead, VDI allows them to access their company’s virtual desktop that looks and feels like the original system that is present at work but without physically existing. Think of it as a projector screen that projects the actual desktop at work but is not physically there.
This allows the company to provide just a simple log-in application that instantly connects the users to the company’s data servers or software. In some VDI formats, the interface launches by itself without even a log-in. This technology enables employees to access data from anywhere with complete accessibility but without the physical risk of data being present on any thin device. It also is efficient, cheap and more secure.