What is VDI?

Intermediate – Cloud Computing

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VDI stands for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure. It’s a technology that allows you to create a virtualized desktop environment on a remote server set up. The operating system and its applications are enclosed into a software package and run as an instance on the server. The server is segmented into multiple virtual desktops. Users are allowed to access these virtual desktops remotely through their devices.

The VDI technology allows you to access your data from anywhere at any time. It also allows you to access your data from multiple devices such as laptops, desktop computers, mobile phones, and tablets. In a VDI, your data will be instantly backed up through the remote server.

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure helps you keep your data secure through security measures such as multi-factor authentication, data encryption, password protection, intrusion detection, and prevention system. Usually, it’s a cost-effective solution as it does not require physical IT infrastructure. More often than not, you don’t need an IT staff or pay for infrastructure maintenance to utilize a VDI. No software update cost as the applications run on virtual desktops. You can learn how VDI works here 

The basic components of a VDI

  • Virtualization – It refers to the creation of virtual computers to efficiently share computation power and hardware resources by creating a virtualization layer between the hardware components and the user.
  • Hypervisor – It’s a software program that separates the operating system and its applications from the underlying hardware resources by creating a virtualized environment.
  • Connection broker -It’s a software program that allows the end-users to connect to a remote virtual desktop using different devices.
  • Desktop pools – It’s a set of virtual desktops with an identical configuration of an operating system, storage, and applications.
  • Application virtualization – It refers to the technology used to create a virtualized application image and replicate it to all the virtual desktop pools.

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