It’s No Longer Hype, VDI Is Emerging for Real This Time

By: Josh Rhine

October 03, 2017

It’s like Bob Dylan said: “The Times They Are a-Changin’”


VDI (Virtual desktop infrastructure), or variants of the technology, have gone through multiple hype cycles over the years. Thin clients (or Zero clients) backed by hosted apps and operating systems came and went. Early VDI services struggled to gain traction outside of niche deployments. Initial cloud VDI systems have struggled to gain momentum in the marketplace. The times are changing, however, and enterprise IT departments are increasingly looking to cloud VDI to help them deal with emerging challenges.

New IT Demands Are Making VDI More Attractive

The enterprise IT department has gone through a sea change (sea change is a term used to describe a large-scale, defining change, and is often used in tech sectors when discussing genuinely transformative technologies) as cloud computing, widespread mobile device use and big data have transformed expectations. A Virtualization Review report explained that IT teams can no longer get by with carefully controlled environments and must instead test and deploy solutions for a dizzying array of operating systems and device types. As businesses face these more diverse and complex configurations, their ability to control the user experience or keep up with change is diminishing.

According to the news source, virtualization is rising as a solution for the growing complexity IT teams face, and virtual desktops empower organizations to deliver a full computing experience with a simplified backend. The processing and storage workflows are handled in the cloud, with the desktop being delivered over the network to meet specific end-user requirements.

The growing challenges associated with running a modern IT department have created an environment in which VDI technologies can flourish.

VDI Rising

The global VDI market is poised for considerable expansion moving forward. A study from Technavio found that the sector will rise at a compound annual growth rate of more than 11 percent for the period of 2016 through 2020. Factors contributing to this positive momentum include:

  • Organizations working to support users operating across a wide range of locations
  • A desire to centralize IT assets and management
  • Technology requirements that are changing at an extremely rapid pace
  • A need to provide end users with access to sensitive data across a wide range of devices and without sacrificing security
  • Demand for rapid deployment and on-demand IT services

At this point, the Americas represents the most dominant market for VDI systems, and that trend is set to continue.

It’s Time to Take VDI Seriously

It would be understandable if you were to look at the recent hype surrounding VDI systems and raise your eyebrows a bit, skeptical of the change. However, this isn’t a situation where a new technology is getting attention that the market isn’t ready to support. Instead, VDI is an established solution model that is gaining attention because changes in the IT industry is making it invaluable.

Businesses increasingly need their IT workers to take on multiple roles – manage cloud infrastructure, system administrator, handle growing security concerns, and more. At the same time, IT teams have to release applications for multiple device and operating systems, limiting flexibility and creating more opportunities for error.

VDI solutions erase many of these problems by creating a stable, consistent desktop backend that is managed, delivered, and supported through the cloud. Lume offers VDI solutions that meet the unique business requirements of the end users.  Our infrastructure and global data center footprint provide the fastest VDI environment for cloud VDI solutions.

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