How does virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) replace complicated VPN solutions?

How Does Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Replace Complicated VPN Solutions?

Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) are tried-and-true private network connectivity solutions. However, what happens when the needs of your workers, such as in the case of remote commuting, require a more modern and streamlined approach that VPNs may not be able to easily accommodate for?

Enter Virtual Desktop Infrastructures (VDIs). They’re designed to integrate without hassle with your established network. In some situations, they can be a better solution than traditional and more complex VPN alternatives. Today, let’s explore why and how.

Termination and Cloud Access Issues

VPNs have been around for ages now, which can be a good and bad thing. On one hand, they’re “standard-issue” – everyone in IT understands what they are and how to use them. However, users tend to terminate their VPNs into corporate gateways that make accessing and sharing data an absolute hassle, especially when working remotely. Not only that, but your business likely has shifted one, several or all processes to the cloud along with various applications and core components, but your VPN won’t be able to follow. Therefore, hairpinning and bandwidth buckling is not uncommon, unlike with VPNs that utilize separate private networks in conjunction with the onsite infrastructure for more seamless access. 

Complications Cost Money and Time

VDI is literally streaming, and streaming comes cheap. VPNs must be paired with applications installed on the host (client) device, while VDIs allow for virtualized desktop installations. The latter saves money on licenses and time on managing access protocols, while VPNs require specialized data encryption techniques and needless extra steps just to make them function half-decently in a remote capacity. While VDIs do cost more to implement upfront, the difference is that you won’t be shelling out to jerry-rig it to maintain peak performance in a couple of years – the opposite can be said for VPN gateways.

Secure Encryption and Data Management

VDI architecture was engineered from the get-go for multi-user access and data sharing while maintaining stringent security and encryption standards. The latter are baked in from the outset and don’t need to be added unlike with a VPN. This means, effectively, that your infrastructure access and subsequent data can be siloed amongst virtual private user accounts with ease, compartmentalized to minimize the risk of cyber threats or data leakage. If either of these does occur, only the targeted accounts will be compromised rather than the entire infrastructure.

Future Friendly

With increased demands on your business as it grows, and as more of your operations naturally switch over to cloud integration over time, the more you’ll need to rely on your bandwidth to keep up with everyday operations. Unlike with VPNs, VDIs are meticulously optimized from the outset for efficient use of this bandwidth and the least amount of latency possible – the perfect solution for multi-collaborative remote operations. Regardless of whether an employee has the latest, state-of-the-art productivity machine or their child’s tired old Chromebook of yester-decade, they’ll be able to access and use critical applications and services to perform their duties as VDIs are not dependent on specific hardware. 

VPNs certainly have their benefits – they’re cheaper to implement initially and the technology has been around for ages and is more widely understood – but change can be good for your business. VDIs are quickly being adopted by more businesses every day and embraced as the new standard of private and even public network connectivity solutions. If you’re on the fence or trying to decide which option is best suited for your business, our team at Zycom is here to help. Contact us today to get in touch with our technicians, and let’s help you optimize your operations in compelling, cost-effective new ways. 

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