As virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) gains popularity among enterprises across multiple industries, and with many desktops migrating to the cloud, testing your virtual desktop environment has never been so important. A poorly built VDI environment can cause performance problems among all users and slowdowns that wreak havoc on business continuity. Without testing the virtualized environment, VDI deployments can fail, resulting in loss of money and unhappy end-users who won’t be able to access critical applications in order to do their jobs.
Here are three reasons why testing is so important before setting up a virtual desktop environment.
1. End-user expectations for a high-performing desktop experience are increasing.
An end-user can check their work calendar on their mobile device and switch to using their virtual desktop for personal interaction from any location. This places pressure on IT departments to deliver exceptional, seamless service across platforms. VDI is a delivery model that must be thought of as an overall workspace delivery strategy. As part of that strategy, organizations need to ensure that the VDI delivery model is integrated with other mobility initiatives including enterprise mobility management (EMM), corporate file sync and share, and communication and collaboration initiatives, giving IT a holistic means to manage and maintain control of the network. From an end-user perspective, every experience must be a good one, not just when it comes to VDI, but across an organization’s overall mobility strategy. If an end-user is using different applications from different locations on different devices, he should still be able to expect the same high-quality experience.
2. IT departments face challenges delivering fast and outstanding services.
Slow login times can have a pronounced negative effect on your users. We all know that perception is reality, and end-users care about the access, availability and performance of the service or application. When your employees’ productivity suffers due to login times, load times and latency, you hear about it loud and clear! This is an indicator that it is time to look at optimizing your VDI infrastructure and to consider profile containers to mitigate some of those issues. Profile containers encapsulate the entire profile—including the registry—in an in-guest container. This eliminates bottlenecking, file copying, and running applications over the network.
3. IT organizations have requirements to reduce costs and complexity associated with VDI.
A key challenge in first-generation virtual desktop revolved around the cost and complexity of ensuring dedicated infrastructure. New improvements in VDI have allowed organizations to focus more on operational efficiency and less on troubleshooting, provisioning, maintenance and upgrades. VDI can yield cost savings for IT organizations, and as optimization methodologies improve, the implementation costs related to desktop virtualization begin to shrink. With employees using their own devices for work, organizations can not only reduce the cost of their infrastructure, but also reduce the pervasive need for company-owned devices, thereby lowering capital expenditures and operational expenses.
Keeping it all secure
One of the major challenges many IT leaders face is maintaining a secure virtualized work environment. VDI can enhance the user experience without compromising security. Since VDI hosts the desktop image in the on-premises data center and not on an end-user’s device where the information is more susceptible to being lost, stolen or hacked, organizations can keep business-critical and sensitive data safe.
Sirius has expertise across all major end-user platforms and operating systems, so we can help you plan and implement an end-user computing strategy that is reliable and secure, while offering your end-users the ability to do their jobs on the platforms they are most comfortable using.
If you would like more in-depth insight into delivering virtual desktops environments to your organization, watch our on-demand webinar to learn more about Sirius VDI complete solutions. You can also discuss your options with your Sirius representative or contact us for more information.