Desktop Virtualization will drive the efforts towards a futuristic workplace scenario that is less desktop-centric and more mobile
Ever thought about how the future workplace might look like? In the future, chances are that there may not be a ‘’workplace’’ in the way we see it now. Office spaces would change in dimensions and approach with organizations getting more flexible and employee oriented than ever before. Working away from office will be a trend and the road to this futuristic workplace transformation might as well begin with Desktop Virtualization solutions.
Factors driving workplace of the Future
Business Dynamics: Tougher competition, unpredictable market dynamics, and smarter consumers are driving enterprises to become more agile and maintain fluidity in their work process. The speed at which enterprises need to digitally transform gives them little or no time to manage all operations in-house.
Change in IT trends: Changing business trends are compelling enterprises to adapt to newer technologies which are leading to changes in IT consumption trends. Rapidly changing business scenarios are forcing Enterprises of today to rely on technology more than ever that requires additional IT infrastructure and management.
Consumerization of workplace: BYOD and Mobile have gained strength over years, and after numerous considerations enterprises have realized that it is in the best interests of both enterprises and employees to have a flexible workplace. Moreover, a flexible workplace has the advantages of cost savings and operational efficiencies to name a few.
Why Desktop Virtualization?
Over the last three decades, technology has changed the way businesses operate and consumers perceive the world of business. This has resulted in the evolution of the IT landscape and has indirectly posed challenges for enterprises as they look to blend themselves into the evolving and new IT landscape.
A highly competitive landscape has prompted enterprises of today to become more agile and flexible in their operational processes. This means having lower costs, higher efficiencies, and higher output.
Penetration of smartphones has resulted in employees bringing mobile to work resulting in the origin of BYOD. And slowly, BYOD has been accepted as some enterprises have made it a workplace norm prompting greater employee satisfaction and higher productivity levels.
All of the above reasons require an enterprise to adapt to changing conditions and yet remain competitive while ensuring lower costs and higher employee productivity. Desktop Virtualization offers a strong value proposition for enterprises to adapt and move ahead successfully.
Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) transforming current workplace scenario
VDI plays a significant role in slowly but steadily transforming today’s workplace into the workplace of the future. Let’s observe how –
Agility and Fluidity: Enterprises need to survive the onslaught of competition and rising customer demands and yet maintain a higher time-to-market. VDI solves the problem by allowing more efficient operations and workplace activities. With employee response and delivery time getting shorter, enterprises need to get more agile in response to changing market dynamics and rising customer expectations.
Enables BYOD and Mobile: Enterprises are looking to increase productivity of employees and this means continuity in work process and on-time delivery of services. Mobile and BYOD are ways to ensure higher productivity but the question of how and where to access information through mobile and BYOD remains and this is where VDI comes into picture. VDI enables BYOD and mobile by allowing employees to access required information from anywhere thereby facilitating remote working options and contributing to higher employee productivity.
End-point Device safety: While enabling remote access is one thing, security of end-point devices is another. No enterprise will want to increase its threat surface area and become even more vulnerable than it is now. VDI plays a significant role in storing and securing critical data and information by transferring everything onto a virtual platform or data center. So, while employees work remotely accessing data through various devices, enterprises can be rest assured about the safety of data, courtesy VDI. Even desktop operations system (OS) and other applications are all streamed from a centralized data centre ensuring tighter security process.
Faster Recovery process: The future workplace is more simplified and has lean operations. VDI helps restore or recover all the required data and information in much more simplified and faster manner because all the components (data, applications, and information) are stored on a centralized data centre. In the case of a loss of device, all an employee needs to do is to log on and access the server and every bit of information is available.
Facilitate multiple desktops: Different departments within an enterprise have different work needs that call for different software and applications configuration. With the help of VDI multiple desktops can be configured with required settings and layouts required by various departments.
Centralize Security: Security is an important issue in the current unpredictable and changing IT landscape. Security aspect of an enterprise is centralized through VDI as all virtual components are stored on a centralized data center and administrators and IT managers have a firm control on the security process. This also allows administrators to have a granular approach to security and control since access to information, data, and applications is based on policy and authentication.
The workplace of the future will be way different than it is now. Technology, changing work dynamics, employee preferences, and need for agile work process are a few of the driving factors. Desktop Virtualization solutions are the starting point that might well introduce and help evolve the workplace of future.