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December 20, 2018

Virtual Desktop Solutions – From Server to Endpoint, What Helps to Make for The Start to a Successful VDI Environment?

Virtual Desktop Solutions

When we talk about virtual desktop solutions, we mean everything you truly need for an entirely successful virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) environment, from server to endpoint. As you know, or perhaps you may not, a virtual desktop infrastructure is an environment in which a desktop operating system, such as Windows or Linux, is hosted on a centralized, remote server, i.e. data center. End users’ data and desktop images are managed within what is called a “virtual machine” – a completely isolated and secure guest-operating system installation within a normal host-operating system residing on a server. So, desktops and subsequently workstations, are “virtual” if you will – i.e. virtual desktops.

A virtual desktop solution refers to an entire virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solution for your computing environment – everything that you need for your VDI environment to operate successfully – platforms, protocols, endpoint devices, endpoint management software, etc. So, if you’re in a VDI environment right now and looking to expand, or you’re at the very beginning of transitioning into a VDI space and need help, let’s touch base on a few solution-based categories for a virtual desktop solution that can certainly assist you in getting going.

Virtual Desktop Solutions - VDI Platforms & Protocols

A very important part of your virtual desktop solution is the VDI provider who supplies your VDI desktop platform & protocol for remote connection and display. Features within desktop virtualization platforms and protocols do vary and are also continually being updated. It is essential that the features within the platform and protocol be just the right fit, as the connection between your desktop host (i.e. server) and end user (i.e. endpoint device) is equally as essential.

Getting started with the right VDI platform all depends on your devices/clients/endpoints, operating systems, end user requirements, and the like. VMware and Citrix are just two of today’s leading providers of virtual desktop platforms that can be part of an effective virtual desktop solution.

  • The VMware Horizon 7 platform simplifies desktop and application management. End users have access to everything they need in one single digital workspace. It provisions virtual, remote desktop protocols and applications through a single VDI and app virtualization – Blast Extreme protocol is optimized for the mobile cloud and supports a broad range of endpoints, whereas PCoIP is more desktop-optimized for published apps or an entire remote desktop environment.

  • Citrix Virtual Apps & Desktops (formerly Citrix XenApp & XenDesktop) provides a complete virtual app and desktop platform for Windows, Linux, web business applications, or full virtual desktops. Citrix Virtual Apps & Desktops offers universal access to virtual apps and server-based desktops from any device, with the option to implement VDI. Citrix Ready protocols include HDX for entry-level devices, HDX Premium for high-end devices including needs like Skype for Business, and HDX 3D Pro for 3D graphic-intensive performance devices.

Additionally, the Remote Desktop Protocol by Microsoft (Microsoft = platform, RDP = protocol) as part of a virtual desktop solution provides an end user with a graphical interface to connect to another computer over a network connection, enabling a viable VDI environment. As well as Parallels Desktop for Mac, (also known as Parallels RAS (Remote Application Server), a hardware virtualization software that maps the host computer's hardware resources server directly to the virtual machine's (VM) resources.

Cloud-based platforms are also available, like Amazon Workspaces – a managed, secure cloud desktop service. Amazon WorkSpaces provisions either Windows or Linux desktops in just a few minutes and quickly scales to provide thousands of desktops to workers across the globe. End users get a fast, responsive desktop of their choice that they can access anywhere, anytime, from any supported device, which can make for a successful virtual desktop solution.

Virtual Desktop Solutions – VDI Endpoints

Equally as important in the success of your virtual desktop solution are the endpoint devices you select – i.e. hardware endpoints that end users “use” with the appropriate platforms (and protocols) introduced above. As mentioned earlier – with a VDI environment, nearly all data (OS and applications, etc.) is housed and managed on a central server (data center). Endpoint users login with their endpoint devices from their remote workstation and connect to their server via a network (LAN and WAN, etc.).

Due to BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), the workforce mobility movement, and the advancement of technology in general, the range of endpoint devices is now more far-reaching than ever, from good old-fashion standard PCs – to laptops, tablets, or mobile phones – to Thin Clients & Zero Clients. Basically, a VDI endpoint is any hardware device that is internet-capable and granted security rights to connect to a related network. Even printers, POS terminals, and smart meters can qualify. All of these devices are optional endpoints of a virtual desktop solution. The right kind of endpoint device is vital when it comes to speed, reliability, and security. Thin & Zero Clients can be the perfect endpoint devices for a virtual desktop solution and have become more and more popular with VDI environments.

Virtual Desktop Solutions – 10ZiG as VDI Solution

10ZiG Technology has the perfect endpoint devices, plus endpoint management software, as part of your VDI virtual desktop solution. A world-market leader in Thin Client & Zero Client endpoint hardware, 10ZiG provides leading Intel and AMD based Dual and Quad Core Thin Clients & Zero Clients for VMware Blast Extreme & PCoIP, Citrix HDX and Microsoft environments - in addition to the widest range of Teradici PCoIP Zero Clients on the market. 10ZiG offers FREE, no-obligation demo devices, local Technical Support teams based in the U.S. and Europe, and provides endpoint management software (The 10ZiG Manager™) with Cloud capabilities completely FREE with UNLIMITED licenses supported.

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