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Virtual desktop infrastructure

(also VDI)

Virtual desktop infrastructure definition

Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is a virtual network computing system that uses virtual machines to provide and manage virtual desktops. VDI allows clients to access and customize the desktop environment using specific applications. VDI servers are usually stored on the organization’s premises or in the cloud.

How does VDI work?

  • When client software is installed on a device, a user with granted access can control the computer from a remote server.
  • The user can observe the operating system, run installed programs, and utilize printers and hard drives.

Virtual desktop infrastructure benefits

  • Centralized system management. With virtual desktop infrastructure, admins can remotely manage, maintain, and fix issues on laptops, mobile devices, and tablets.
  • Companies have more control over the system. As the infrastructure is on the company’s server, the admins have more control over the system and rely less on the performance of users’ devices.
  • Fast performance. VDI offers fast speeds as each user has a dedicated, customizable system.
  • Supports remote workers. Virtual desktop infrastructure helps companies that offer remote work by keeping operations efficient.