VDI: Bringing the Workspace to Workplace
At Iron Bow’s recent Engineering Summit, I extolled the virtues of virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). From faster IT deployment to lower maintenance costs, VDI is driving workplace transformation in the private and public sectors.
To the uninitiated, VDI can seem daunting. It’s easy to get lost in the tech terminology and difficult to understand a concept that, by design, exists outside the physical world.
While Gartner defines VDI as “the practice of hosting a desktop operating system within a virtual machine running on a centralized server,” the technology can really be boiled down to one forward-thinking concept – bringing the workspace to the workplace, wherever that may be.
Think of it this way: employees get to take their desktop operating systems wherever work takes them and IT managers get to deploy mission-critical upgrades quickly and easily with few added hardware costs.
This kind of technology is game-changing for the federal government and agencies are starting to take notice. A recent 1105 Public Sector Media Group report said that while two years ago only about 45 percent of agencies used VDI, that number is set to reach nearly 60 percent by 2019.
A decade ago, the federal government didn’t have the infrastructure or server power to properly deploy VDI. But now, virtualized desktops perform as well as traditional desktops, offering a more flexible service at a much lower cost.
Because of those efficiencies, VDI can help ease a major federal transition – the much-needed IT modernization in both defense and civilian agencies.
By utilizing virtualized desktops, agencies can upgrade their technology quickly and efficiently without having to buy a slew of costly new traditional desktop computers. Beyond that, VDI makes it easier to stay ahead of the tech curve because updates and upgrades can be deployed across departments without having to do a hardware refresh.
In fact, the 1105 report showed that more than 40 percent of agencies using VDI said centralized tech updates were a major reason for adoption. And another 30 percent of agencies who are in the process of deploying VDI said they are doing so because of the ease of virtual system updates.
Gone are the days of government employees chained to their desks by a computer running on outdated software. Now, Internet of Things (IoT) devices are deployed all over the country so federal workers can conveniently report from the field, essentially bringing their virtual workspace to any real world workplace.
Cutting the exorbitant costs of a full tech refresh, enabling a more mobile workforce, enhancing security and simplifying management – the list of reasons why virtualization is becoming a core technology for the federal government is growing.
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