Why Virtual Desktops Make ‘Cents’
The reasons behind companies implementing the next generation Desktop in the Cloud
By Kevin Vogl
For the last few years, running Virtual Desktops has been a hot topic with very little implementation. And the reasons behind it are the high cost of acquisition of servers, storage, and licensing. The cloud allows you to eliminate the acquisition of both servers and storage, and makes Virtual Desktops a more attractive option for both production and Disaster Recovery.
The Virtual Desktop trend in the industry has been different because of cloud. Clients are talking about it all of the time, and now starting to implement. This is happening because of flexibility. You can try it, make sure it works, and if you like it – you can continue deploying it for more and more users. And if you don’t, you can turn it off and stop paying. As a result, you didn’t make a huge investment in anything except time and effort.
There are many options in running desktops in the cloud:
• Solutions as simple as RDS (Remote Desktop Services) from Microsoft is available on Windows Server 2012 and 2016 and has a very low cost of licensing and a quick deployment time, but you are using a server OS with multiple users and it can’t run every application that is available for the desktop.
• VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) is a desktop OS like Windows 7 or 10. Today, Citrix XenDesktop / XenApp is available to run a full desktop OS that will allow you to run anything that you’re running on your physical desktops with no exceptions. This has a much higher cost of licensing from Microsoft because of the VDA (Virtual Desktop Access License), which is a yearly subscription and not a perpetual license. This is the best option for most companies because you can absolutely run your applications and have your end users full functional even in a disaster.
• Virtual Applications – You can run just your applications with running a Virtual Desktop if the applications can run on a server in multi-user mode. XenApp offers this capability and the beauty of it is you can create a portal that will give access to the correct applications to your users based around their login.
Disaster Recovery has always lacked an interface for the end user to access the data that you’re protecting in your DR strategy. With Virtual Desktops, this gives your end users the ability to access your DR platform securely from anywhere, using any device. Game changer! Usually, if you are in a disaster and your data center has gone down (ie. Power, fire, flooding, etc.), your employees can’t get to the office. By using Virtual Desktops from your home, over an Internet connection, they can access a secure desktop and keep your business up and running.
The cloud has changed the thinking of most IT departments when it comes to how to deploy applications and where to deploy applications. Virtual Desktop is another option for using the cloud to help your end users be more productive and still keep it under IT’s control.
Contact Champion Solutions Group to learn more about how Virtual Desktops can help you meet your business goals.