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Delivering Better Mobility with VDI

Delivering Better Mobility with VDI

User demands for mobility and the devices that enable it introduce business risks including security, productivity and performance. VDI makes all this easier.

Employees today are highly mobile and use a variety of devices to get work done, including tablets and smartphones. Enabling mobile productivity is a top objective for IT departments.

But a notable challenge is allocating adequate server, network and bandwidth resources to users while still properly managing the entire data center and virtualization ecosystem. In the past, resource fragmentation from data center silos made it hard for organizations to deliver optimal end user performance. With VDI, we can centrally manage not only our most critical applications but also consolidate those data center silos. This allows employees to be truly free and mobile without sacrificing productivity.

Let’s take a look at how this is possible.

  • Leveraging resource control. Administrators have much greater control over the computing resources they provide to the business and the users. Through the hypervisor, admins can manage how they allocate CPU, RAM and graphics processing directly into applications and desktops. Intelligent resource controls allow for greater levels of multi-tenancy and growing user requirements. Most of all, the business can make the most out of data center investments. This means using the combination of hardware, virtualization, and graphics optimization to the fullest capacity.
  • Using virtualization policies and management. Virtualization, desktop and application policies are a lot more powerful than they used to be. We began to see this shift over the course of the past couple of years. The user can access centralized data based on context such as their identity, location, device type and even the type of workloads they are accessing. IT can create all of these policies from the hypervisor. IT managers can also set thresholds and allow the environment to work for them, such as by spinning up new VMs to support a spike in users.
  • Supporting more user types under the same ecosystem. Architects, engineers, and even power users are now enjoying amazing computing experiences because of powerful integration technologies. This means we’re combining the virtualization layer with the delivery mechanism of the modern data center. These delivery mechanisms include the support of mobile users, power users, and even those requesting rich virtual desktops. Ultimately, this changes the economics of the end-point where you can stream desktops to tablets, laptops and other user devices.
  • Creating security without disabling the user. IT execs wants to give users access to data while they’re mobile but are nervous about losing valuable data if a device is lost or stolen. VDI is an ideal solution, because user devices don’t contain any sensitive data; data and apps are stored at the data center. If the user is connecting from an insecure location, you can block access to certain files and applications until they establish a secure connection.

Moving forward, organizations will need to support a highly mobile user workforce that demands fast and ubiquitous access and a consistent user experience. VDI couples together graphics and data center resources to make this type of digital workplace a reality.

Underwritten by HPE, NVIDIA and VMware.

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