Empowering your remote workforce with VDI

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COVID-19 created an unprecedented shift for workplaces, compelling organisations to almost instantaneously adopt a work-from-home posture for all – or nearly all – of their end-users. CIOs, CTOs and IT teams face enormous challenges in scaling up their remote-access solutions to handle the needs of workforces during the pandemic.

In many cases, this rapid transition has accelerated modernisation efforts that were already underway. While this effect may help organisations advance long-term strategies, the fast pace of change can also lead to panic-buying ill-matched sets of point solutions that deliver substandard results and present management shortcomings.

In this environment, many organisations are evaluating virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) to efficiently deliver computing resources to large, diverse sets of end-users, including those working remotely from any device, at any location. While implementing VDI has historically been considered a heavy lift with high complexity, long timelines and large budgets, knowing what to look for and applying best practices can help mitigate those challenges.

Begin with purpose-built, integrated VDI solutions

Compared to building VDI solutions by assembling stand-alone components from scratch, unified single-vendor solutions are easier to implement, mitigating risk. In particular, implementing VDI based on hyperconverged infrastructure that incorporates compute, storage, virtualisation and management as a single solution is a best practice.

  • Fully integrated, single-vendor solution stack. Pre-configured, pre-validated solutions can streamline virtualisation, deployment and management of hardware and software layers as a single entity, including a single point of global 24x7 support.
  • Flexibility to meet individualised performance needs. Customers should seek out the ability to accelerate workloads with measures such as all-flash storage to eliminate IO bottlenecks, GPUs for graphics-intensive workloads and tools to optimise resource utilisation.
  • Automated, fast scaling to thousands of desktops. Solutions must have the ability to automate the process of quickly scaling out both compute and storage in the VDI environment as requirements grow, preferably by just adding more server nodes as needed.

Done well, VDI simplifies infrastructure needs and reduces costs for organisations as they modernise.

Supporting remote workforces with benefits across the business

End-to-end VDI solutions deliver high-performance virtual workforce experiences that can accelerate the path to digital transformation, even as they enable remote workforces. They enable organisations to seize the opportunity that comes along with the imperative for change as employees shift to working from home.

  • Improve productivity and end-user experience. Empower workforces with outstanding performance and reliability for evolving workloads on any device, anytime, anywhere – future-proofed with high predictability and scalability.
  • Improve IT operations and cut costs. Centralise management and storage of desktop images and applications while dynamically allocating resources to respond to evolving application demands, enabling greater staff efficiencies.
  • Enhance security for data, applications and endpoints. With a VDI topology, all intellectual property, data, apps and files remain protected as they never leave the data centre, and communications between the client and the data centre are encrypted.

More than just a way to meet the immediate needs of supporting the new normal of remote workforces, Dell EMC VxRail, designed jointly by Dell and VMware, equips businesses to deploy robust, efficient, cost-effective VDI.

For more about empowering the business with VDI, read the white paper, Five Reasons to run Virtual Desktop Infrastructure on Dell EMC VxRail.

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