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Desktops move to the cloud

Even desktop computers can be moved to the cloud, where they can be more secure and managed, and run more efficiently.

Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and related technologies have been around for decades. But in the age of the cloud, the incentives and possibilities for VDI have become more compelling.

With VDI, users can work anywhere there is Internet access—home, the office, the road, an airplane, wherever—and always have access to the same managed desktop system. Organizations that had committed to VDI prior to the pandemic found their adjustment to work from home a much easier one than non-VDI organizations.

In these articles, we describe some of the benefits of VDI in more detail and tell some stories of those who have reaped its benefits.

Why virtual desktops are (mostly) more secure than physical ones

Many of the characteristics that make virtual desktops different from physical ones also make them more secure: For instance, the computer is in the data center, so data never leaves the data center. But many of the most common security threats affect virtual desktops as well as physical ones.

Why VDI is finally coming of age

The sudden shift to remote work in 2020 was itself a good reason for an increase in VDI deployments, but there are many others. Users don't just work at home; they can work anywhere, including the office. VDI means they can use their computer anywhere, on any device.

Virtual desktops ease management, security

Security and efficiency in modern computing come from manageability. VDI brings a level of manageability to VDI that is not possible with physical desktops. The same products that provide VDI also generally provide Windows terminal access, which is a lighter-weight form of the same type of remote access that VDI provides.

Hyperconverged infrastructure: Speed, flexibility, performance in a box

Large and small organizations alike are turning to HCI to ease IT complexity and increase agility. Learn how a single management system, based on a building-block approach, may be just what you've been waiting for. Some organizations that need to rapidly scale up a VDI installation use HCI to do it.

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