On-premises or cloud-hosted virtual desktops are provided and managed by virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) software. Instead of using real desktop hardware, these desktops operate on virtual machines housed on servers in a data center. VDI software enables users to remotely host PCs and run and control operating systems in a data center. The remote user receives a "virtual picture" of the local user's desktop across the network, enabling the user to access the desktop image as if it were being accessed locally.
Users may get on with their work and launch programmes as soon as they can access the virtual desktops. Businesses utilize VDI software to view desktop images on their own devices or business devices while ensuring data security, updating enterprise software tools, and exploiting current computer resources without raising expenditures. When it comes to infrastructure as a service (IaaS) providers, virtual tools provided by host servers are frequently the important component (most commonly desktop infrastructures). Any extra business software a team or organization needs may be launched or integrated using VDI technologies.
How does VDI function?
A hypervisor separates servers into virtual machines in virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), which users may access remotely from their devices. These virtual desktops are accessible to users from any location or device, and the host server handles all processing. A connection broker, a software-based gateway between the user and the server, is how users connect to their desktop instances.
VDI has a lot of benefits, including increased security, flexibility, and user mobility. Unfortunately, its high-performance requirements in the past rendered it expensive and difficult to implement on legacy systems, which presented a hurdle for many enterprises. However, the increased use of hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) in businesses offers a cost-effective solution that delivers scalability and excellent performance.
What distinguishes virtual machines (VMs) from VDI?
VDI is powered by a technology called virtual machines. Virtual machines (VMs) are software "machines" made by dividing a real server into many virtual servers using a hypervisor. (This method is additionally referred to as server virtualization.) Running a virtual desktop in a VDI environment is one of the many apps that can be executed on virtual machines.
How is VDI implemented?
Larger businesses should think about deploying VDI in an HCI environment when planning a deployment since HCI's scalability and excellent performance is a natural fit for VDI's resource requirements. For enterprises that need less than 100 virtual desktops, however, deploying HCI for VDI is probably not essential (and would be excessively costly).