This is not a fantasy. It is the next step towards which the VDI experts are working today with a futuristic perspective. And they have a wonderful name to this process:
BYOD: Bring Your Own Device
It is more relevant to the IT companies or technologically focused companies. Invariably, these are the enterprises which require each and every staff member to have a working machine on their desks. The security policies more than often do not allow the use of personal laptops and devices. This is exactly where the VDI plays a significant role. How?? Let us understand…
With the implementation of Virtual Desktop Infrastructure within a unit, the information and data resides onto a single data centre, which can be accessed by the individual users. The appropriate masking and the specific connections to the individual virtual machines (VMs) guarantee the security with the data. All that the users need is a connection to these VMs. In this reference, their own gadgets and mobiles serve as the thin clients to establish this connection. This enables the user to get connected from anywhere, irrespective of worrying about where the data resides.
Apart from the known advantages associated with VDI, there are more to this set-up in terms of the management costs involved.
- The IT management need not manage a large number of individual clients. Their concentration now is towards the main data centre where the information resides, which means a more frequent but a less time consuming administration.
- The company can see this in terms of the huge savings with the endpoint devices, which they need not issue to the staff.
- The employees can be connected from anywhere to their individual VMs, with no worry about where their data resides. The login through their personal gadgets also means an access on-the-go, even when they are travelling.
Overall, every concerned entity gets benefitted by this set-up. The financial aspect is considerable and the long-term savings are huge due to reduced equipment costs. However wonderful it may look, there are a few practical problems which require attention and further research. In other words, the problems which hold back this implementation to happen overnight through the enterprises:
- The VDI access through anywhere means a very strong and uninterrupted internet connection. This becomes a challenge where the network latency does not favour the use of the gadgets outside the office building.
- The various gadgets through which the login can happen should be compatible to the Desktop Interfaces. This poses a huge challenge to the technology which will need time to overcome. Especially, the mobile devices working on different specifications must come to a common standard.
- There are licensing issues as well. There are the licensed applications purely for the Enterprises usages, barring the installation on personal devices. Even if the Enterprises grant the permission for such an installation, there are uncertainties involved if the employee leaves the company. He takes the application license rights on his device as well.
- On the similar lines, there may be problems when the employee creates a copy of the office applications on the personal device. It is difficult to identify what kind of data is to be restricted under the confidentiality. This needs a continuous monitoring of everything that is being downloaded on individual devices.
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