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Why should I consider adopting VDI?

The ever-changing IT landscape is a reason some shops don't want to get locked into a big virtualization investment, but adopting VDI can actually help companies meet users' needs and adapt to new trends and technology.

VDI belongs in your company's strategic plan because it offers IT and users flexibility and versatility, it's resilient,...

and it helps foster a culture of innovation.

Tablets, mobile devices, wearable technology, and an ever-changing cloud-computing model have created uncertainty about the future of how we will compute. Consequently, it can seem counterintuitive to invest so much time, effort and money into adopting VDI when so much is up in the air.

But the fact is that adopting VDI makes sense because of all the turmoil and disruption in how we compute. Investment in VDI is about choosing a path of innovation and adopting a dynamic approach to supporting our end user's needs.

VDI isn't about getting Windows to a desktop -- it's about getting applications to users, regardless of their device or location. It's about gaining the flexibility to be able to provide users with a highly personalized and versatile compute experience, and about adding resiliency to your company's business model. The reasons you should consider adopting VDI are manifold, but these are the ones that top my list:

Versatility

I am in favor of bring your own device (BYOD) programs, but not for the reasons most people might think. My argument is a very human one: The specific device that makes me the most efficient is probably different from the one that you would choose. I like BYOD because when workers use the devices they like, it lets me squeeze every ounce of efficiency and productivity out of them. And VDI lets me provide a normalized compute experience to my users regardless of the device that they chose to access it from.

Resiliency

When some people think of VDI, they think of enabling remote users or moving the primary user base to thin clients. There's another really compelling use for VDI, however: disaster recovery. VDI lets you host your compute environment in a decentralized hybrid cloud, if you want to. If all your servers are redundant and geodisparate, you don't have to depend on a physical location.

Culture of innovation

VDI is only the first step in what is likely to be a vast change in how we all compute over the next three to five years. Reaching a world of complete location and device independence starts with decoupling the user experience from the physical device, and VDI is a great example of how to start doing that. Will we always deliver all apps through a desktop? Of course not. But if you've invested in virtualization, you've aligned yourself with vendors that are leading the way in compute environment evolution.

This was last published in October 2014

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