VDI Predictions for 2015

Consolidate, save, and work from anywhere. The past five years have seen a number of industries and sectors adopt Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). Adopting VDI is a great way to allow your organization’s IT department to simplify the desktop management process; the software creates the desktop images, allowing you to consolidate management to a single location, cutting time and costs. VDI also gives your users far more options for accessing their work. They can securely access business applications from their personal electronic device (a laptop, smartphone, tablet, or PC) to complete tasks from remote locations. This can be especially beneficial when looking to acquire talent that needs to work remotely. There are some high costs to consider, fixed and variable. It is true that many businesses go through growing pains when transitioning to VDI. Initially, it requires some complex infrastructure to get fully set-up. Normally a business will need the following:
  • SAN storage
  • High performance networking equipment
  • Profile management solutions
  • Application delivery solutions
  • Virtualization management solutions
  • And most importantly, an IT team to work together and run the process.
Making the switch will also require your business to embrace some budgeting changes. VDI has a high number of fixed costs involved with set-up; with few exceptions, your business must purchase all equipment up front. Additionally, your IT staff will need to be trained in the new technology. Even for end users frustrations exist – when there is an issue on the SAN, server, or switch, it has a wide reaching effect. Businesses must be aware of all aspects when transitioning to VDI and understand the costs involved. Collaboration and increased productivity will continue to push demand in 2015. Despite all of this, IT departments, businesses, and end users all fully realize the benefits of VDI. VDI is not a silver bullet, but instead it’s a way to embrace end users and IT together. VDI has the ability to elevate your level of team collaboration, polished processes, business creativity, and production. Moving forward into 2015, I predict that the increased demand for the products will push software vendors and system integrators to close the gap. The increased demand will also drive IT personnel to stay competitive through educating themselves in the latest VDI technologies. Over time the initial costs (as well as the upkeep and end user frustrations) will become much less of a burden.