There are some significant stumbling blocks when it comes to implementing mobile strategies in businesses. One of these is implementing legacy and net-new applications in the remote and mobile workforce. IT departments need to consider how these applications can be implemented into a mobile medium while adhering to strict security policies and keeping costs under control.
One of the technologies that can assist with the mobile transformation movement is Virtual Desktop Infrastructures (VDIs). VDIs allow IT employees to pull an entire operating system or applications from the cloud which creates the same work environment on any compatible device. VDIs have been around for quite some time; however, the move towards mobile initiatives are pressuring businesses to adopt an interim plan. Companies need to provide mobile access to end users while reducing the need for large investments and keeping existing infrastructure and application changes to a minimum.
Thankfully, there are some options for your customers implementing VDIs in their work environment.
Saving Settings with Persistent VDIs
A persistent VDI is a virtual desktop that keeps the user settings and data intact each time the user logs into his computer or mobile device. It will retain all of the user’s personal settings and data every time which allows easier access to the data and files that are important for the user to do his job. This is beneficial for efficiency, but utilizes significantly more storage that non-persistent VDIs.
A Fresh Start with Non-Persistent VDIs
Your customers have another option: non-persistent VDIs. Non-persistent VDIs are virtual desktop environments that do not keep the user’s data or settings, so when the user logs into the environment, he sees a “clean slate” every time he log in. This frees up more storage and can make launching applications much more quickly than persistent VDIs, but can be a hassle for users that need to utilize one-off applications to do their job.
How can VDIs benefit your customers?
Although VDIs are not easy to implement, there are vast amounts of benefits for your customers who are considering transitioning to virtual desktop infrastructures in their mobile strategies. Not only do VDIs create an inherently secure platform, but application and data permissions can be managed by an already implemented active directory of users on the system. They also allow for centralized administration of desktop and mobile infrastructure to make it easier for your customer’s IT departments to monitor usage and update software.
Mobile VDIs also allow applications built for desktops to be accessed on mobile devices which takes some of the burden off developers. There is no need to build new mobile interfaces to access existing applications or data. Also, it eases pressure off IT in the event of a device loss since data is seldom stored on the end user’s device and access to the VDI can be turned off in a matter of seconds.
Next steps for selling VDIs
As a reseller, we want to ensure that your customers are positioned for success in their mobile journey. Technology Solutions carries several vendors including VMWare, Parallels, and Microsoft on our enterprise mobility line card that helps solve VDI needs. Please reach out to your Tech Data account representative or e-mail us to find out how we can help you assist your customer in their mobility journey.