Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) allows organizations to host a Windows desktop on a centralized server in a datacenter or on the cloud. However, Microsoft VDI can quickly turn into an expensive and complex undertaking if you choose the wrong desktop delivery solution. Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) offers an easy-to-deploy, cost-effective, seamless VDI solution that allows you to automatically prepare, configure, and publish virtual desktops to any device, anywhere.
Understanding the Basics of Microsoft VDI
With Microsoft VDI, IT administrators can host full virtual desktops with Windows OS in a central location. These virtual desktops can be accessed remotely from a wide variety of devices.
VDI simplifies device maintenance by allowing organizations to update devices (operating systems, security patches, and application updates) from a central location with ease, without having to go on-site to physical facilities or transfer big-size data through the network.
In addition, businesses can immediately expand or reduce their desktop numbers, adapting the company infrastructure quickly to changing business requirements.
Moreover, Microsoft VDI can increase data security by removing file storage on local devices and centralizing data on the server or in the cloud. It can reduce the risk of malware by limiting OS personalization, offering a new OS image at each user logon.
Three Main Microsoft VDI Challenges
VDI simplifies desktop management, making it simple to perform such tasks as updating software or applying security patches. However, there are a few challenges that organizations need to consider when choosing their VDI solution software.
- Legacy Software – Over the years, businesses have become accustomed to using multiple software, some of which may not be compatible with virtualization. As a matter of fact, only the big-name players—such as Microsoft Office—work in the virtualized world. Legacy software and specialty applications often require hand-holding to meet the demands of virtual desktops.
- Complexity – Desktop delivery solutions such as Citrix XenDesktop and VMware Horizon can be complicated to manage due to lengthy installation and configuration procedures, in addition to the management of servers, hypervisors, storage systems, networks, and software. Moreover, VDI requires full redundancy to avoid any single points of failure in the infrastructure.
- Licensing Changes – Licensing in Microsoft VDI becomes tricky because the traditional structure of desktop licensing no longer works. In a VDI deployment, the virtual desktops are not limited to a specific device or user. If an organization wants multiple users to work with the same devices, the company must buy a license per device. If an organization requires an employee to work on multiple devices, IT must buy a license per user.
Parallels RAS Enables High-Performance, Seamless Cost-Effective VDI
Parallels RAS makes VDI quick, easy, and affordable. It enables organizations to deliver fully functioning virtual Windows desktops and applications that employees need. Learn more.
Parallels RAS offers application delivery from Microsoft RDS, hypervisors, containers, and remote desktops. It allows organizations to use legacy applications in a virtual environment by supporting any server OS after Windows Server 2003R2. Learn more.
Autoconfiguration wizards, cloning capabilities, and VM templates enable IT admins to reduce complexity and quickly deploy virtual desktops to users from the central management console. In addition to the Parallels RAS license per concurrent user, organizations need to consider the purchase of the Microsoft license to enable users to receive the virtual desktop or applications. With the introduction of Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016, VDI licensing has become more affordable for service providers with a valid Microsoft Service Provider Licensing Agreement (SPLA). Server VDI allows delivery of a full virtual server, instead of a single virtual desktop. While the experience is very similar for the user, there are big changes with the licensing. In fact, under a valid Microsoft SPLA, the server VDI doesn’t require any Microsoft Software Assurance (SA) and Windows Virtual Desktop Access (VDA), allowing service providers to reduce cost. Parallels RAS supports this procedure, enabling important cost saving. Learn more.
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