The Virtualized Desktop and BYOD Revolution: Security, Agility, Continuity

April 23, 2014
The Virtualized Desktop and BYOD Revolution: Security, Agility, Continuity

People are becoming ever more assertive and demanding in their desire to use their own equipment in the workplace. In most cases, this trend can bring great benefits to the enterprise.

Find out more about VDI and BYOD in our white paper, When It Makes Sense to Move to Desktop Virtualization.

Businesses can become much more agile when the flexibility of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is introduced. Allowing people to work from their chosen location, on the devices they know inside out, enables them to be more productive and gain greater job satisfaction. And, for the enterprise, there’s the additional benefit of keeping down the capital costs associated with hardware purchase.

Security, Continuity and Compliance

Dealing with sensitive information on these devices, in potentially unsecure environments outside of the workplace, will often raise additional security, continuity and compliance concerns for every IT department.

No matter how flexible and secure your environment may be today, the attempted introduction of new non-PC end-user devices into existing management environments will invariably give rise to increasing support costs.

Management strategies and policies need to change.

A Cost-Effective and Comprehensive Strategy

One of the most cost-effective and comprehensive strategies for re-engineering the desktop is VDI – Virtual Desktop Infrastructure. VDI is about virtualizing the typical Windows desktop environment, and managing and running it back in the data center as a virtualized workload, rather than on the physical PC endpoint. This can provide the perfect answer to the apparent paradox involved in how to provide end-users with the greater freedom that they are demanding. VDI does this in a way that allows IT to maintain, or even increase, the level of control and ease of management that they require in an increasingly complex desktop world.

By allowing secure, remote access to a centrally managed and executed Windows desktop, staff are given the flexibility to use any device they want (PC or otherwise), wherever they want – without compromising enterprise security policies. Even if the endpoint device is lost or stolen, security is maintained as there are no locally stored data or applications – and users can regain access to their data and applications on a new device in an instant.

Find out more about VDI and BYOD in our white paper, When It Makes Sense to Move to Desktop Virtualization.

And, for an at-a-glance overview on best practices for the introduction of BYOD, check out our seven key indicators below.

Infographic: Seven Key Indicators That You Need To Extend Virtualization To The Desktop


 
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