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Managing your end-user devices wasn’t a core IT task until a few years ago. With anywhere, anytime working becoming the norm on a global scale, end-user device management has become a pressing IT challenge.

IT teams now deal with the necessity of a seamless means of ensuring that remote and hybrid employees have uninterrupted access to corporate data, keeping this data safe, and overall streamlining the IT infrastructure. Azure Virtual Desktop, formerly known as Windows Virtual Desktop, is one of the most popular cloud-first infrastructures that provide the promise of agility, security, and cost optimization. It boosts operational efficiency by helping enterprises eliminate heavy hardware requirements.

What is Virtual Desktop Infrastructure on Azure?

Even though remote and hybrid work accentuates the necessity of Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), it is hardly the only use case for Azure VDI. Azure VDI helps enterprises take a secure and efficient approach to centrally managing their IT infrastructure, without compromising their end user productivity and data integrity. It is an easy as well as secure means to give your end users access to corporate data and applications on whatever device they want, wherever they choose to access it from.

In cloud computing, separating software from the hardware it runs on is called virtualization and in the process, creates virtual machines or VMs. VMs are fundamentally virtual computers whose hardware is defined by code. These VMs can be run on any hardware, which makes the technology especially useful for remote working. You can access these VMs from any device — personal computers, tablets, or smartphones.

How Does Azure VDI Work?

Let’s look at the many components of Azure VDI.

Host pools: These are the groups of VMs you use to deliver your virtual desktops to end users. End users can connect to any host in this pool.

Tenant: Tenant is an interface that you can use to manage your Azure VDI environment. Each tenant is a group of host pools. It enables you to assign end users and create service connections.

Tenant groups: Tenant groups come into play when you have multiple tenants.

App groups: App groups are groups of applications in a session host. They enable you to provide access to specific apps to specific end users.

End users: End users are the users who use virtual desktops or apps. In most cases, end users are your employees.

Benefits of Azure Virtual Desktops

The most common complaint about virtual desktop deployment was that these solutions were often complex and expensive, and a little cumbersome to set up. While larger businesses still could afford to deploy virtual desktops, small and medium-sized businesses most often did not have the resources for it. Azure Virtual Desktops made virtual desktops accessible and affordable for all kinds of businesses.

Easy Deployment and Configuration

Azure VDI makes deployment and configuration an extremely easy task by making everything accessible on a single interface. You can deploy and manage virtual desktops and assign users in the Azure Portal.

Cost Optimization

Azure VDI is cost-effective because you only pay for the virtual servers that your virtual desktops are on. It also helps you cut down on infrastructure costs.

Easy Flexibility

Compared to other services, Azure VDI doesn’t come with binding contractual terms. You can pick and choose which virtual apps you want to give access to; whether it’s the entire virtual desktop experience or any specific virtual apps.

Advanced Security

Azure VDI is built with the same security as Microsoft Azure. Microsoft is known to invest $1 bn a year in security and has over 3500 experts dedicated just to enhance its security features. Anyone choosing Azure virtual desktops stands to reap these benefits like identity management, backup, database security, and much more.

Enhanced Productivity

Azure virtual desktops enable you to create a flexible, digital, modern workplace, by allowing employees to access their work anywhere, anytime, on any device. It also seamlessly integrates with Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Teams to boost employee productivity.

Azure VDI Deployment Best Practices

Azure VDI is one of the best cloud-first infrastructure solutions for any organization that wants to scale and stay ahead in a fast-moving digital world. But Azure VDI works under a shared responsibility model, and it is imperative that organizations understand the nuances of this.
A shared responsibility model usually clearly details what responsibilities lie with Microsoft and what responsibilities lie with the organization that adopts the solution.

Choose the Best VMs

Azure provides a range of virtual machines with a range of computational capabilities. It would be prudent to have a demo or test-drive of these VMs to find out the best options that align with your business requirements. Once you figure out the best VM that gives you the best outcome at the lowest cost, you can adopt it to reduce costs.

Turn Off Non-Running VMs

Switching off VMs when they are not active can make a lot of cost difference since Microsoft bills for Azure VMs on a pay-as-you-go model.

Delete Unused Vdisks

Unfortunately, Azure does not automatically delete vdisks when you delete a VM. Remember, Microsoft follows a pay-as-you-go pricing model for Azure VMs and these vdisks continue incurring costs. So, locate and delete these vdisks when you delete VMs and you may end up saving a decent sum.

Enable Multi-Factor Authentication

Activating multi-factor authentication is a great measure to enhance identity and access management. It requires users to log in using two or more authentication/verification factors.

Activate Conditional Access

By implementing automated access control decisions by using Azure Active Directory, you can mitigate risks before they occur. Conditional access requires you to decide who the end users are, which endpoints they will be using, and how they are signing into the platform.

Why Azure Virtual Desktops

Azure Virtual Desktop is the only desktop and application virtualization service that provides a multi-session Windows 10 experience on the Azure cloud. It optimizes O365 experience and enables your IT team to transition existing Windows server (Remote Desktop Services) desktop and applications to Azure cloud.

Anunta’s Managed AVD is a fully managed cloud desktop on Azure that leverages Azure’s Virtual Desktop technology. We provide an end-to-end implementation and management of your AVD environment so that your end-users experience zero business disruption and high application availability.

In the last two years, the need to access anything from anywhere has gained added momentum, which has put the concept of remote desktops right in the center of the stage. Remote desktop services facilitate the need to not be bound by geography or device to get the job done. With employees around the world accessing their work from remote locations, the significance of remote desktops has been steadily rising.

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What is a Remote Desktop?

With the onslaught of the global pandemic, technological acceleration gained momentum purely out of necessity. Overnight, organizations around the world faced the novel challenge of delivering work to where their employees were. There was no workaround for it. Business continuity management (BCM) took on a life of its own in the aftermath of the pandemic. It was no longer only about running the organization by optimizing revenue generation, but also about the fundamental requirements of getting the day-to-day processes done.

The resultant changes in employee expectations and behavior are driving the paradigm shift in how organizations across the world have begun to approach the concept of large-scale remote working. Any employee working from the farthest corner of the world must have unrestricted access to their work. Geography and device cannot be impediments in the process.

This is where remote desktops once again proved to be a very smart cloud-centered solution with no hidden costs and no stray hardware. A very simple definition of a remote desktop is that it is the way for a person to access their unique user profiles from a centralized server through a secure network using any device located anywhere.

A breakdown of the multiple terms in this definition will in itself explain the idea of a remote desktop.

A user profile is the specific configuration for a specific user, including the fundamental preference settings. It means that when you access your user profile on a remote desktop, you work in your own virtual environment that you control and set.

The centralized server is where your remote desktop connection is hosted. Your user profile is a dedicated chunk in this centralized server where all your data is saved. In other words, this server performs the function of the CPU on an ordinary desktop.

The secure network part is quite important. It is imperative that the network you are using — and most definitely, all organizations ensure this — to access your user profile from your remote location is secure. Data integrity is of the utmost importance while working with remote desktops.

A remote desktop does the following things:

  • Lets you access a computer from a remote device
  • Displays the desktop of the device you are remotely accessing from the server
  • Allows you to run all the applications and access all the files installed on the host computer
  • Provides access to the devices connected to the remote computer, like printers and scanners

How Does a Remote Desktop Work?

There are two major components for any remote desktop setup.

One is the data transmission protocol that enables all information to move from one computer to another. Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) from Microsoft is an example.

The second is the application that uses this protocol to connect with the host computer, which is installed on both the host server and the endpoint device. Remote Desktop Connection, which leverages RDP, is an example.

When you connect with the host computer or server using the endpoint device, the host device powers the software and the operating system and displays it on your device. The keyboard and mouse inputs are captured from the endpoint device and transmitted through the secure network to the host device, where the data is processed. The output, once again, is transmitted through the secure network to be displayed on the endpoint device.

If you look at it, the whole system works like the old desktop devices with the host device performing the duty of the CPU.

The host device, which the client wants to access, must be turned on if it needs to be accessed. In today’s world, the host device is most definitely a server rather than a computer.

The Evolution of Remote Desktop

The transition to remote work, which seemed so swift and sudden in the wake of the pandemic, was in fact, many years in the making, even decades. According to an HBR article published in 2020 on the future of work from anywhere strategy, the large-scale transition to work from home started in the United States in 1973, when the fuel prices went up during the OPEC oil embargo, making daily commute to office a luxury for the everyday man. Forsaking physical offices for private homes, public libraries and the ever-famous coffee shops quickly followed.

While organizations changed their work and employee policies during the oil crisis, not many had considered a strong future for it. A Forbes survey conducted in 2021 said that 5% of the respondents reported that only 40% of their workforce were working from home pre-pandemic, a number that has drastically changed once the pandemic waves slowed down.

With the wisdom we have gained in the last two eventful years, organizations have been forced to redefine business continuity, agility, and resilience. These are no longer precautions put in place in the event of a natural calamity or a massive power breakdown with business reopening after a short interval. It means ensuring business as usual no matter where, when, or how.

This is the contextualization of remote desktop solutions in today’s world. In the beginning of the millennium, this was the favorite tool of IT teams across the globe to access client devices located elsewhere to offer support services, like fixing a bug. TeamViewer was almost always the chosen one. We have come quite far from this simple functionality to equip an employee to access a corporate server from a remote location anywhere in the world.

In the chaos of shifting to work from home practices overnight when the pandemic hit, most organizations were forced to prioritize the prevention of business disruptions over other matters like data security. The show had to go on, somehow, even if that meant permitting employees to access their work from not-so-secure personal devices on not-so-secure networks. Whether co-related or not, the number of occurrences of hacking and ransomware and malware attacks exponentially increased in the last two years. It was as if bad actors saw an opportunity in a global challenge, much to the dismay of global organizations.

While most organizations ensured business continuity, some of them did end up paying the price. Twitter, Marriott, and Zoom are only a few on the list of notorious data breach victims which grabbed the headlines and sent panic waves across their clients.

Two years down the line, we have learned from our experiences. And with that has come the absolute focus on ensuring the success of remote and hybrid working with a two-pronged strategy: exceptional end user experience and impeccable data security. Enterprises have realized that focusing on these two fundamental aspects will ensure customer experience and satisfaction, which, in turn, decides the fate of any organization.

This is the long route remote desktop solutions have taken in the last decade. They are no longer a support tool prevalent among IT teams but a necessary means for any employee to access their work anywhere, anytime. And that is a very long route.

Benefits of Remote Desktop

Remote Desktop Services have the potential to fuel business continuity and agility simply by moving the focus from maintaining IT infrastructure to the actual business goals. When the resilience and agility that come with digital transformation have become mandatory requirements, remote desktop services can help organizations get to the finish a little bit faster.

Increased Cost Savings
Deploying a large number of devices among your workforce and maintaining them have long been adding unnecessarily to IT budgets. For startups, SMBs, and for large-scale enterprises, end user device management and maintenance are ongoing processes.

Remote desktop services create significant IT savings by enabling an organization to invest in end-user devices that have the most basic configuration. All employees will need to access their work are a stable internet connection and a device that has a browser.
Remote desktop services rely on cloud storage, which means that enterprises don’t need to invest in other storage solutions; they already have the most reliable one in cloud. This comes at a fraction of the usual IT costs.

Great Device Compatibility
Employee behavior has changed in the recent past because of two major reasons. One, the workforce primarily consists of millennials and the oldest of Gen Z, digital natives who prefer a device-agnostic approach to work. Their main focus is getting the job done; on what is not a question that carries much weightage. Two, the pandemic has had far-reaching implications on how and when we work. Work hours are no longer defined by local geographical time zones. This means that accessing work happens not just on corporate devices but on personal ones as well as private mobile devices.

Added to this is the complexity of multiple configurations and models of these end-user devices. While there might be a certain group that uses MAC OS, there will be another that relies on Windows. The same applies to Android and iPhones.

Remote desktop services enable complete device compatibility. In fact, device compatibility is not a point of concern at all since all users need to access their work is to connect their device, whatever configuration and model they may be, to the remote desktop and just start working. The machine they use is moot.

Strong Data Security
The most dreaded threat of a data breach often looms large over organizations and the work from anywhere strategy forced on them by the pandemic has only accentuated it. With corporate data being accessed through a variety of personal devices working on not-so-secure networks, this threat has become even more palpable.

With a remote desktop, all corporate data is secure in the cloud. With a very strong and secure network, accessing corporate data through private devices no longer poses a threat. There’s also the added advantage that since all corporate data is stored in the cloud, device failure will not affect data integrity.

Most remote desktop services offer multi-layered security, which makes your data less vulnerable to ransomware or malware attacks. Throw in end-to-end data encryption to the mix, and your corporate and customer data is as good as locked away behind a stable, strong, secure lock.

Easy Data and App Management
Remote desktop services don’t rely on complex access and data management infrastructure. Employees only have to input their log-in credentials and they can easily access the corporate server.
It helps in process and progress tracking since managers have complete visibility to track their remote workers.

App and data management also becomes easier on any device located anywhere.

Exceptional End User Experience
Perhaps one of the biggest breakthroughs in the way we work has been the recent spotlight on improving end user or employee experience in terms of remote working. Organizations now place a high value on this since a great end-user experience directly affects the quality of work, which in turn contributes to business success.

With remote desktop services, poor device performance, configuration issues, application updates, and other aspects are eliminated, and the end user is free to totally focus on their work.
The ease of access to all their work from anytime, anywhere adds to exceptional end user experience as well, as it ensures workplace mobility, giving them absolute device and location independence.

Common Problems of a Remote Desktop

Remote Desktop Services do come with their fair share of disadvantages. But most of these challenges are almost always solvable and most others are preventable.

Network Failure
Establishing a valid communication or a network path is the most common challenge end users face with a remote desktop session. IT admins can circumvent this challenge through the process of elimination.
The very first thing to do is to try and establish a client session that has been successfully connected to before. This helps the admins to figure out whether the problem is specific to a client or to the network.
If the challenge is with the network, IT admins can then narrow it down to find out the root cause.

Firewall Challenges
This is another common challenge with remote desktops.
Firewall challenges can be avoided by ensuring that the port your remote desktop service uses are open to any firewall existing between client computers and the corporate server.
It is important to remember that some public networks are designed to block RDP traffic; Wi-Fi networks in hotels, airports, and coffee shops are some examples.
Some organizations configure their corporate firewall to block outbound RDP traffic, restricting employees from accessing their home devices through a corporate device while at work. This is for obvious reasons of security.

SSL Certificate Issues
It might sound too simple, but security certificates can also cause failure in remotely connecting with a corporate server. End user devices must trust the certificate authority that issued the certificate to successfully access files on a corporate server. If your organization purchases these security certificates from well-known authorities, this is not a problem. But when organizations generate these certificates in-house, the end user devices might not trust the authority and restrict access.
The solution is to use a reliable security certificate authority.
Another security certificate challenge that occurs is when the end user device is not able to verify the certificate the host server uses. If the certificate has expired, this verification process is more than likely to break down.

DNS Challenges
Believe it or not, many remote desktop connectivity problems have DNS server issues at the root. If the host IP address has been changed, then end users will not be able to connect remotely.
End users might not be able to connect remotely to the host server if they are using an external DNS server as well. IT admins can modify the end user’s IP address settings so that it uses the corporate organization’s DNS server rather than an external one.

Remote Working Trends

Remote work is no longer the temporary arrangement that many people expected it to be when the pandemic began. It’s here to stay for the foreseeable future, and companies must adapt by embracing remote-work trends that will keep their workers productive and happy — whether they are in the office part of the time or not at all.
With that need in mind, here’s a list of the top remote-work trends for 2022 that companies should consider as they prepare for a future in which significant numbers of employees work remotely on a permanent basis.

Optimizing the Remote Employee Experience
When remote work seemed like a temporary arrangement, most companies put relatively little thought into the employee experience, meaning how employees thought and felt about working from home.
They didn’t invest in collaboration technology that would help employees feel connected to the rest of the organization while working in isolation. Nor did most companies deploy tools that provide a frustration-free experience for connecting to IT resources from out of the office. At best, they gave their employees software like a Windows RDP client so they could log into their company workstations from home.

As hybrid and remote working have become very possible realities, companies have begun investing more heavily in activities like virtual coffee breaks, which can help employees collaborate and engage with each other. They have also implemented more user-friendly technologies, such as cloud desktops, which make it easier for employees to access the applications and data they need to do their jobs, no matter where they are located.

Securing Remote IT Assets
A number of new security challenges emerge when workers are connecting remotely. Networks become more difficult to secure because they need to support users and devices connecting from beyond the firewall. Data is at higher risk of being downloaded by employees to local devices that are not physically secure. Even phishing emails can be harder to detect.

Indeed, according to one study, 20 percent of organizations have suffered a security breach since the start of the pandemic that was facilitated by remote workers.
This means that, going forward, it will become critical to secure the infrastructure and software that employees use to work remotely. Centralizing desktop environments in the cloud is one way to do this. When workstations run virtually inside secure cloud environments, data and applications never have to leave the cloud, which significantly reduces exposure to potential attack.

Supporting Peripheral Devices
When employees work remotely temporarily, being able to connect their company-owned IT environments to devices like printers and scanners is not usually a top priority. They can wait until they’re back in the office to print documents. Or they can print a few on their personal equipment at home.
But when employees work remotely regularly, these ad hoc approaches don’t work. Workers need a seamless way to integrate devices in their at-home work environment with in-office servers, file shares and other resources their company owns.

This can be done, but it requires solutions tailored-made for this purpose. As companies prepare to support remote workers permanently, factoring in the need to integrate with peripheral devices will be a priority.

Maintaining IT Hardware
Keeping IT hardware up and running also becomes more challenging when remote work is permanent. Employees may be able to get by with laptops that need maintenance when they’re working from home temporarily. But when they rarely or never go into the office, providing support for physical hardware is much more difficult.

One way to cope with this challenge is to minimize the amount of physical hardware that companies need to maintain. Here again, cloud desktops can help by allowing organizations to provide employees with a complete desktop environment that they can access from anywhere using their own hardware. And because the only resource required to log into the cloud desktop is a Web browser, there is no special hardware or software that the company needs to deploy and maintain on employees’ personal devices to keep them productive.

Keeping Costs in Check
The cost of supplying remote workers with the equipment they need to work effectively from anywhere can rise quickly, especially if companies try to recreate the IT infrastructure of the office within each employee’s home. When they do that, employees sometimes require high-powered desktops or laptops, routers and perhaps even UPS units to keep their devices running.

A simpler — and less costly — approach is to host desktop environments in the cloud, which don’t fail when the power goes off or the router goes down, and which can be configured to provide whichever resource allocations employees need. When employees are assigned cloud desktops, they can access their workstations from any location and device, without depending on special (or expensive) equipment.

Remote Desktop vs Virtual Desktop: The Difference

One of the biggest questions IT administrators face is whether to implement remote desktops or virtual desktops. Unfortunately, there is no clear answer other than it depends on the business requirements. But what is the difference between the two?

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) involves the creation and deployment of virtual machines running on hypervisors. VDI is much more complicated than remote desktop environments. On the surface, both RDS and VDI are desktop virtualization technologies. But there are a few significant underlying differences between them.

With RDS, all end users log into the same server interface and while come configurations can be adjusted on an individual basis, almost all end users will have the same user experience.
Whereas in VDI, each end user has their own dedicated platform to work on, which they have the permission to modify. These permissions are usually modified by the IT admins.
RDS is best suited for organizations in which multiple end users need to access the same apps and services. It is also much easier to implement than VDI. While multiple users accessing and sharing applications and files drastically reduces IT expenditure, it does create application challenges.
VDI, on the other hand, is great for organizations where more customization is required for their end users, increasing the complexity levels.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is a remote desktop?
A: A remote desktop is the way for a person to access their unique user profiles from a centralized server through a secure network using any device located anywhere. With RDS, all end users log into the same server interface and while come configurations can be adjusted on an individual basis, almost all end users will have the same user experience.

Q: How does a remote desktop work?
A: When you connect with the host computer or server using the endpoint device, the host device powers the software and the operating system and displays it on your device. The keyboard and mouse inputs are captured from the endpoint device and transmitted through the secure network to the host device, where the data is processed. The output, once again, is transmitted through the secure network to be displayed on the endpoint device.

Q: How do I use a remote desktop connection?
A: Once you have the remote desktop application set up in your home computer, all you have to do is open a browser, type in the URL that leads you to the host server, and hit Enter.

Q: What can you do with a remote desktop?
A: With a remote desktop, you can access your work from anywhere, anytime from the corporate host server.

Q: Is a remote desktop safe?
A: Using a remote desktop is much safer than storing your work on your personal device. Since corporate data is saved on the host server, there is no risk of sensitive data being stolen or corrupted when the end user device is lost or damaged.

What are your IT priorities? The answer to this question used to vary across organizations pre-pandemic. But post the pandemic, not so much. The most fundamental IT requirement of enterprises across the globe now will be to enhance their hybrid and remote working strategies by providing the most suitable solutions. In VMware-commissioned research conducted by Forrester Consulting, 75% of organizations surveyed said they are making digital employee experience a higher top priority.

Anunta and VMware set the tone for Anywhere Workspace with “Empower Your Hybrid Workspace” event.

The event was co-presented by Anunta Technology and VMware and was held at The Grand Hyatt on April 21, 2022, Mumbai. It had at its center the most prevalent IT challenges of the day, shared globally by almost all organizations.

  • Providing exceptional multi-modal employee experiences to the end-users while ensuring data security
  • Enabling automated workspace management, and
  • Securing the distributed edge

The speakers at the event were Ramesh Vantipalli, Director EUC, Systems Engineering at VMware; Apalak Ghosh, Head ICT Practice, Frost & Sullivan; and Ajit Aloz, Head of Cloud Practice & Sales Head, Anunta Technology. They joined IT leaders from other leading organizations to share their perspectives on how enterprises can empower hybrid workspaces by delivering great digital employee experiences.

Hybrid Working: Striking the Right Balance

Apalak Ghosh set the tone for the event and touched upon the tectonic shift in the way we work post-pandemic. He pointed out that this shift has happened not just from a technological perspective, but also in terms of organizational development, employee behavior, and HR perspectives. He stressed the importance of ensuring that the organizational DNA is deeply embedded no matter where employees are working from. It is of great importance that employees can experience everything they get to from their corporate workspace no matter where they choose to work.

“For remote and hybrid working to be a success, both the employer and the employee need to be happy,” said Apalak, summarizing the need for a healthy IT infrastructure that provides great end user experience while also ensuring optimum data security.

Workspace modernization has redefined the way we work. And with it has come the need to balance multiple aspects of business. Apalak went on to discuss how VDI has helped Frost & Sullivan in navigating these challenges during the pandemic and post it.

“My champion moment is VDI,” he said. “This technology has not only helped to keep employee engagement, customer satisfaction, and data security but scale up businesses as well.”

VMware Workspace One: A Unified Solution to Multiple Challenges

“The only ask I get from the organizations I visit is, ‘How can we help make our employees work comfortably?’” Ramesh Vantipalli stated. “But behind this simple ask, there is much complexity,” he went on to add. Device management, data security, and easy access are only a few among them.

Ramesh showcased how Workspace One helps solve all these challenges. Built on the premise of Anywhere Workspace, it eliminates the silos with heterogeneous apps and devices, giving complete visibility to the IT teams of their digital workspace. “Workspace One eliminates devices, apps, and network silos and unifies all tools to help accomplish business goals,” said Ramesh, summing up what Workspace One essentially does.

Ramesh also touched upon Anunta Tech’s support during the pandemic days, where we helped VMware resolve the virtual onboarding of 2000 employees in 10 days for customers.

Digital Workspaces: The Go-To Solution

Ajit Aloz contextualized digital workspaces in today’s business world. The applications of these solutions go far beyond remote and hybrid working. With businesses expanding globally, the need to be connected at all times requires your workforce to have constant access to enterprise data anytime, anywhere.

Choosing the right digital workspace solution requires an organization to consider unhindered access to the end users and strong security and privacy measures.

“When we look at the adoption of workplace transformation solutions, the choice ultimately comes down to which solution gives your end users a personalized experience while driving business growth,” Ajit said.

The event delved deep into the organizational challenges we face with remote, and hybrid working and gave key insights into how these challenges can be turned into opportunities keeping business continuity and business success in mind.

Event was hosted in partnership with Citrix on November 24th
– Over 130 attendees were part of the virtual session on the future of hybrid workspace and emerging trends

Mumbai, December 03, 2021: Anunta, a leading provider of Managed Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS), recently concluded a virtual session themed around “Getting Ready For Hybrid Workplace” in partnership with Citrix on November 24, 2021. Attended by 130+ participants, the session was aimed at addressing the current challenges, ongoing solutions, and reasons to adapt to the hybrid style of working. In addition to the presence of Senior Technology Leaders, CIOs, CISOs, Technology Modernization Leaders, etc.

Additionally, Shri Prasanna Lohar, VP-Technology, DCB Bank, stated “Hybrid working has become a reality. As a result, businesses must concentrate on developing a safe and scalable distributed workforce strategy that is supported by technology. Employees demand work access from any device, anywhere.”

Vijay Jayaraman, Director, Systems Engineering, Citrix further emphasized on employee experience and added that, “Employees are looking for secure access from any device, anywhere. And businesses are looking for a low-cost, simple solution to securely deliver apps and desktops to employees.”

To compete in today’s world, businesses must consistently provide an extraordinary experience for their consumers. A remarkable customer experience is essential for every company’s long-term growth. Keeping this in mind, Ajit Aloz, Anunta Tech’s Head of Sales and Cloud Practice added, “CIOs are looking at the customer experience they provide at all phases of the customer journey as a key difference for retaining customers and ensuring a long-term future.”

In the recent year, many major corporations have declared that hybrid and remote work are here to stay. Although the pandemic was the most major factor in this change, the rise of remote and hybrid work settings in the business world has heightened the debate. Organizations must strive towards preparing for a hybrid tomorrow with a razor-sharp focus on seamless employee experience because the outcome may irreversibly transform how work is done. The perception of flexibility and adaptation has altered dramatically in the previous year. To reap the benefits of these developments and thrive in the new normal, businesses must widen their definitions of productivity, collaboration, and employee well-being in order to successfully transition to a hybrid workplace

About Anunta

Anunta is an industry-recognized Managed Desktop as a Service provider focused on Enterprise DaaS, Packaged DaaS, and Digital Workspace technology. We have successfully migrated 500,000+ remote desktop users to the cloud for enhanced workforce productivity and superior end-user experience.

Since its inception, Anunta has been empowering its customers globally with sustainable, secure, and scalable, managed DaaS offerings for business resiliency and workplace transformation. We are Top Tier partners with all the major technology OEMs (VMware, Microsoft, and Citrix) and cloud platform providers involved in virtualization technologies, particularly desktop virtualization. We have been consistently adding value to our customers by delivering excellence in design, onboarding, migration, and Day 2 packages by delivering cloud desktops across the most complex and varied use-cases.

For more information, visit https://www.anuntatech.com/what-we-offer/managed-virtual-desktops/

Registrations now open for joining the virtual session

Emphasizing the role of migrating to cloud adoption during the pandemic and the benefits of implementing VDI/DaaS in the foreseeable future, Anunta, a leading provider of Managed Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS), will be hosting an event in partnership with Citrix. The 1-hour session will be themed “Getting Ready For Hybrid Workplace” and will be held virtually on November 24, 2021 from 03:30 PM IST.

The digital session has been specially crafted to focus on the future of hybrid workspace and how it is transforming lives, as well as discussions on emerging trends in the space. It will cover why an integrated workforce strategy is necessary and how to provide secure access to the applications, remote desktops and data from anywhere. Senior Technology Leaders, CIOs, CISOs, Technology Modernization Leaders, IT Directors, IT Heads, IT GMs, IT Managers should not miss the opportunity to widen the scope of innovation in Hybrid Workplace Management.

Enterprises have recognized the realities of hybrid working and are advancing their remote workplace strategy by integrating tools and technology. However, offering enterprise-level security and experience to remote workers is difficult. Rethinking where and how teams work is necessary for a safe and scalable dispersed workforce.

The virtual session will enable participants to learn from top CXOs and industry experts how to enable secure remote access to applications, remote desktops, and data on cost-effective devices and quickly spin up apps and desktops based on business needs without investing in additional infrastructure.

To register and know more about the event, visit: https://techobserver.in/webinars/getting-ready-for-hybrid-workplace/

About Anunta

Anunta is an industry-recognized Managed Desktop as a Service provider focused on Enterprise DaaS, Packaged DaaS, and Digital Workspace technology. We have successfully migrated 500,000+ remote desktop users to the cloud for enhanced workforce productivity and superior end-user experience.

Since its inception, Anunta has been empowering its customers globally with sustainable, secure, and scalable, managed DaaS offerings for business resiliency and workplace transformation. We are Top Tier partners with all the major technology OEMs (VMware, Microsoft, and Citrix) and cloud platform providers involved in virtualization technologies, particularly desktop virtualization. We have been consistently adding value to our customers by delivering excellence in design, onboarding, migration, and Day 2 packages by delivering cloud desktops across the most complex and varied use-cases.

For more information, visit https://www.anuntatech.com/what-we-offer/managed-virtual-desktops/

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Enterprises often fail to move beyond the POC stage of cloud adoption. This happens primarily due to lack of experience and expertise in EUC cloud implementations in either the internal IT teams or the Managed Service Partner (MSP). This manifests itself in an inability to properly identify and implement different use cases, inability to integrate with applications and peripherals and an inability to deliver a smooth, trouble free transition experience to end users, leading to resistance to adoption.

Anunta’s “Cloud Adoption” helps enterprises, who have taken the first steps towards implementing VDI/DaaS, define a full adoption plan and then take complete ownership of the EUC transformation from discovery and migration to complete stabilization of the environment before handing it over as a steady state operations to the customer’s IT team/existing MSP in a time bound manner.

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure or VDI is a form of desktop virtualization in which desktop environments are hosted on a central server. This technology allows for several desktop images to run within a virtual machine. The images are then delivered to the end-user via a network. The endpoints could be devices like PCs, tablets, smartphones, or thin client terminals.

Why would businesses adopt VDI? We explain in this post by discussing the Top 10 benefits of VDI.

  1. Centralized, simplified management: One of the biggest advantages is that everything is essentially managed in a central location. This means end-users are not required to hand over their devices and wait for updates to be installed. Instead, new versions of the OS or applications can simply be deployed to the central desktop image, which is in turn made available to all end-user devices.
  2. Accessibility: One of the key end-user benefits is that employees can access their virtual desktop image using devices like laptops, smartphones, and mobiles. Also, due to the unique capabilities of VDI, end-users can access software solutions to which they may not have had access to in the past.
  3. Flexibility: VDI can help enterprises become more agile. With VDI, businesses can quickly get access to new VMs for temp or seasonal employees, consultants, and for development and testing purposes.
  4. Workforce mobility: This might, by far, be the most obvious advantage of deploying VDI. Given that the desktops in a VDI architecture are hosted virtually, end-users can access them from anywhere in the world, on pretty much any device, provided they have internet connectivity. This typically results in increased flexibility for both employees and businesses. For employees, this will mean increased morale and productivity. And, when VDI is coupled with technologies (such as VPNs) that allow access to local VDI networks from remote locations, businesses will also be able to employ a diverse workforce that is not restricted by location, thanks to virtualization technologies.
  5. BYOD: Since virtual desktops are hosted on a central server in a remote location, the device that the end-user uses to connect to the network to access the virtual desktop is of no consequence. Thus, users can essentially use any device they like to access their virtual desktop. Given that the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend has seen a major uptick among organizations, it is expected that businesses, going forward, will only want more and more of their employees to use their personal devices to connect to the network (for at least one or a few applications).
  6. Increased productivity: One rather overarching benefit of VDI is that it improves the productivity of your employees by offering an enhanced work experience with remote access to desktops, increased security, no downtime due to IT maintenance and upgrades, and more. Virtual desktops help your business operations become more agile, lean, and efficient, while employee efforts and abilities become more focused and flexible. You can ensure that your employees are able to maintain their productivity even in case of a disaster. This type of productivity is invaluable to any business over a period of time.
  7. Cost efficiency: If the server setup is already present, VDI comes at a minimal cost. Plus, even if businesses need to foot an initial cost to deploy VDI, the long-term savings it offers are significant. In other words, VDI is a positive investment and can bring you substantial returns over time. This is because when you deploy virtualization technologies, you don’t need to spend as much on PC hardware. Licensing costs are also often lower using VDI because a single operating system or application license can often be shared across multiple virtual desktop sessions. Further, with a traditional set up, in the event that maintenance is required, it will take the IT team a significant amount of time to perform the necessary updates on every single machine. This time and effort output can be reduced to a minimum with VDI, which is managed from a central location.
  8. Decreased security risks: The security benefits cannot be overstated. As organizations expand, maintaining digital security remains essential. After all, a single data breach or cyber attack can cost a business millions in damages and, more importantly, its reputation. Given this, preventive measures are certainly not optional. If you want to ensure the success of your business, employing the right preventive measures is crucial. The virtual environment plays an important part in making your IT infrastructure more secure. Since all the data is located in a central system, you can protect it better than you would be able to if it was spread across your employees’ devices. Thus, VDI helps you keep your data in the right hands. With this, you can reduce the risk of accidental data breaches and intentional cyber-attacks.
  9. Better disaster recovery: Another important benefit of VDI is that it keeps your data safe and backed up at all times. Disaster recovery is an important aspect of IT management. Companies that don’t have a disaster recovery plan face critical disruptions when their data is lost and their business operations come to a halt. Virtualization is not the only step you should employ to prevent this risk, but it will help significantly because virtual desktop infrastructure that is centralized on servers can be recovered more quickly than conventional desktops, which would need to be rebuilt by hand and individually following a disaster.
  10. Centralized troubleshooting: If your end-users experience any issues, VDI allows for remote troubleshooting sSolving the issue for all systems at once. Since IT departments are continuously on the lookout for ways to perform their operation with a leaner budget and less time, the centralized troubleshooting capability is key.

Conclusion

The many benefits of VDI make it apparent that deploying the technology for your business can be extremely beneficial. That explains why businesses across the healthcare, banking, finance, and other sectors are choosing to make the switch to VDI.

But switching to a VDI environment is a complicated process, and that is precisely why you need a trusted, credible partner.

At Anunta, we have over a decade’s worth of experience deploying virtual desktop infrastructure solutions for businesses across the globe. With our trusted OEM partners, including Citrix, VMware, Microsoft, AWS and Google Cloud, we offer businesses a smooth transition to virtualization technologies. If you want to know more about how to implement VDI or would like to better understand our offerings, you can reach out to our experts at Anunta today!

According to a study by Cisco, by 2021 around 95% of the total workloads worldwide will be handled by the leading cloud data centers of the world. Additionally, the SaaS process will account for approximately 75% of the entire workload. Cloud computing has become imperative to the information landscape as the collaborative capacities increase remote interactivity of the big data realm. 

Cloud computing is fundamental for companies looking for improved scalability, cost, efficiency, and business continuity. In this article, we will be delving into the top cloud computing trends of 2021:

Domination Of Hybrid Cloud Computing

Presently various organizations have utilized the hybrid cloud computing system to enhance their production and workflow. Industry experts believe that by the end of the year 2021, a lot of companies will be taking upon hybrid cloud computing for optimum speed, greater control, and enhanced security.

The Edge Is The New Cloud

Multi-cloud’s enterprise utility signifies the developing distribution of the data realm. Moreover, the fluctuating levels of inclusion ascribed to the existing public health climate are amplifying this pattern and edge computing’s practicality at the fringe of the cloud. Moreover, progressively heterogeneous conditions reinforce the need to connect them, which is the area where multi-cloud deployments stand out.

Serverless Computing

Serverless computing is one of the main cloud computing future trends that industries cannot overlook. It has already witnessed an expansion as an extensive improvement due to the increasing need for the traditional innovation to go serverless for headways. It changes the overall foundation by isolating the beginning and the end aspect from the application. For instance, the pay-as-you-go model around which most serverless services are priced has a basic structure. These projects empower companies to possess more common over-cost in their cloud hosting.

Multi-Cloud And Joint Cloud Providers

One of the prominent cloud computing trends of 2021 will be the start of the multi-cloud and joint provider cloud contributions. This is because the suppliers have begun to acknowledge that they can partner up to fasten the go-to-market launched, take advantage of the mutual strengths and AWS. 

The Oracle-Microsoft interconnect relationship that started in June 2019 is an example of such a relationship that can be extended to capitalize on the ML capacities of Microsoft and the networking capabilities of Oracle.

Implementation Of FaaS in Cloud

Among the popular trends of cloud computing is the implementation of Functions as a Service, or FaaS, which is a serverless computing service hosted in the cloud. Functions as a Service is the primary subpart of these services. Moreover, it strengthens an engineer with code usage and maintains a strategic distance from the implementation of complex infrastructures. Moreover, FaaS is an element of serverless computing and primarily focuses on gateways, API, storage, and competition. 

Being more streamlined in comparison to DaaS and IaaS partners, FaaS permits the developer to save a lot of time in coding. Additionally, it also allows you to create applications that execute more quickly and efficiently. In 2021, more tech companies will choose FaaS as a vital tool for their everyday work. According to industry leaders, FaaS is projected to witness a market expansion of approximately $7.72 million by the end of 2021.

Hyper-Scale Data Centers

In the digital era, instant data consumption has facilitated organizations to work at high speed. Additionally, they require an IT infrastructure that is capable of scaling at a quick movement to cater to the increased demand. The business requirement in the digital era is increasing the demand for hyper-scale data centers. Additionally, the hyper-scale data center can scale significantly to cater to the progressively heavy demand.

Cloud Computing, IoT, And Big Data

Among the leading cloud computing trends is its collaboration with IoT and Big Data. The popular tech companies will certainly partner with the consolidated services, paving the way for new trends of cloud computing. Big data, as well as IoT, are a big deal and the operations of many companies depend on them. 

Big data offers identified data with certain enterprises once it is processed and analyzed. Additionally, IoT is a platform where physical devices that have legitimate interconnection can be facilitated for production. If cloud computing works together with IoT and big data, organizations can significantly improve their production.

Disaster Recovery Solutions

Companies are increasingly taking the digital path, which has increased the expenses that result from downtime. According to Gartner, generally, IT downtime can cost $5,600 per minute.

Additionally, companies are also under guidelines to protect the customers’ data. Companies should comply with all the legitimate terms when designing their disaster recovery strategies. Therefore, companies are increasingly moving towards Disaster Recovery as a Service, or DRaaS, which is a technique that works to decrease recovery time and simplify recovery operations.

Automated Cloud Orchestration And Optimization

Cloud platforms will continue to create automated cloud orchestration and optimization as a comprehensive nature of evaluating the quality and quantity of interconnected services across applications overwhelm even the savviest IT firms. As a result, automated services and performance management will be among the top priorities while picking a cloud provider in 2021.

Artificial Intelligence Engineering

Organizations today need artificial intelligence engineering strategies to ensure the success of their AI projects. And without proper AI engineers, companies are likely to fail to move their projects ahead. AI engineering makes AI an aspect of commercial DevOps processes instead of isolated and specialized projects. 

AI engineering includes three main pillars that include DevOps, ModelOps, and DataOps. DevOps primarily deal with high-speed code changes; however, AI projects tend to deal with more changes in data, code, and models. Therefore, organizations must apply principles of DevOps across the pipeline for machine learning and DataOps.

The Adoption Of SASE

Secure access service edge, or SASE, will continue to acquire adoption as organizations move above the prompt response measures for their massive increase in remote working connectivity. SASE is a network architecture that amalgamates software-defined WAN abilities and cloud-native network security services. These services include secure web gateways, zero-trust access, firewalls, and cloud access security.

Conclusion

Regardless of their operational nature, companies are moving towards cloud computing due to the flexibility and scalability that it provides. As industry and enterprise needs keep on evolving with time, cloud computing trends will also continue to adapt to meet those needs. Hence, enterprises should be open to leveraging the trends to stay relevant and competitive in the market.

Key Takeaways

  • Implementing on-site virtual desktop infrastructure can be costly and complex for small businesses in particular.
  • For higher cost-effectiveness and to meet the in-house gap in expertise, opting for the Desktop as a Service (DaaS) model is a recommended choice.
  • DaaS brings plenty of benefits, including reduced operational costs, higher mobility in the workplace, reduced risks of cyber attacks, and on-demand assistance from experts.

In the brave, new, post-Covid world of today, conventional IT strategies and practices have become less relevant. Technological initiatives and innovations have paved newer paths for the corporate world, including greater adoption of virtual solutions like cloud desktops

Cloud desktops break away from the traditional constraints of legacy systems, enabling organizations with higher flexibility and new-age opportunities to scale and unlock enhanced returns.

DaaS and How it’s Changing the Business Landscape

Today, with different cloud services, online productivity apps, and stable high-speed internet access, most of the work can be offloaded. It doesn’t matter what devices we use; we can easily and conveniently transition our work across different devices by accessing file systems hosted in the cloud.

Cloud services are becoming increasingly popular, and their domain will continue to witness strong development. An important aspect of this trend is the virtualization of the workspace, where virtual desktop infrastructure can be hosted on a cloud environment. As we are focusing on cloud computing for small businesses here, it’s worth noting that for small and medium-sized businesses, implementing a virtual desktop infrastructure can be prohibitively complex and expensive. It’s typically way beyond the budget of all but large companies.

So, moving desktop infrastructure to the cloud and delivering it to users on a subscription-based model makes more sense, particularly for small businesses. Also referred to as DaaS or desktop as a service, it eliminates the legwork and maintenance associated with VDI setup. Hence, small businesses that lack the provisions to implement a VDI can greatly benefit from readily available virtual desktops with DaaS.

Desktop-as-a-Service has the potential to drive more success to small businesses through enhanced agility and productivity. Let’s see how.

Handling complex challenges

Handling the challenges that are part of managing infrastructure is tough for small businesses. Besides, most of them lack the technical expertise and knowledge required to do so. As a result, the IT team ends up using most of their valuable time on sorting out the problems with the existing infrastructure and spending less time on improving it. Hence, cloud computing for small businesses is crucial.

By implementing cloud desktop solutions, small enterprises can take the edge off the complexities. DaaS solution providers can take the burden of everyday management, maintenance, and administration of the IT staff and free them up for tasks that have an impact on your bottom line.

Reduces operational costs

The business world is constantly changing. And small enterprises are mainly always on the lookout to cut costs which can be used to improve their business operations. Cloud computing for small businesses involving DaaS solutions can help generate substantial savings by cutting down on extra expenses.

Owing to the mass-scale computing power offered by cloud-hosted servers, small businesses can make use of that to shrink their IT requirements. The cherry on top is that cloud desktop service providers also take care of the security of the servers, thus protecting them from attacks or data loss (although some security risks, such as phishing that targets end users, must still be managed by DaaS customers).

A Pay-as-you-go model is more favorable

Typically, DaaS solutions are offered on a pay-as-you-go model, which is favorable for small businesses. Additionally, DaaS assists them in moving away from CapEx towards OpEx, thereby eliminating wastage and enabling scalability.

With this feature, companies don’t have to worry about how their workload is going to turn out in future. They can simply scale up and down when necessary and pay only for what they use. Businesses also get the flexibility to try out a mix and match of features for each staff member according to requirements.

Mobility in the workplace

Telecommuting or remote working has become more important than ever. Studies have shown that it improves employee productivity, flexibility and increases the time available to work. As a result, it leads to higher employee attraction and retention as well.

Businesses that are proactive in supporting mobility in the workplace and building a strategy around it are at a better place to get more out of their employees than those who don’t. Moreover, with support for mobility, employees are less likely to take days off, contributing to higher overall productivity. As employees don’t need to depend on a physical office system for their work, they can continue to be productive in most situations.

No risk of cyber attacks

By implementing DaaS, all your critical data is stored on the cloud with the highest level of security. DaaS providers continuously work towards keeping everything updated and prone to the newest threats and strategies to keep your data safe.

Besides, when all the data is stored on cloud servers that are protected with Identity and Access Management (IAM) policies, the information can’t be accessed without the proper credentials. Therefore, any sort of cyber risk is eliminated.

Conclusion

Cloud computing for small businesses solves many of the problems that SMBs face in their day-to-day operations. As they adopt cloud desktop services, they can increase the productivity of their staff, get access to the latest software, and invest less in infrastructure. Hence, it’s a win-win situation for both the employees and the organization.

FAQs

Why should small businesses use cloud computing?

It is crucial for every business to tap into the power of networks and the internet to stay competitive and thriving in the market. This is particularly important for small businesses because they can get all the advantages of powerful computing systems without having to spend a fortune on expensive infrastructure. It can also transform the way all the network and computer resources are managed and ensure that everything is utilized to its fullest.

Why is cloud good for business?

Cloud computing is essential for businesses because it helps to boost their productivity, improve collaboration and promote innovation, all while saving time and money. Additional benefits that cloud offers businesses include:

  • Access to information anywhere and at any time.
  • Automatic synchronization of data across devices and users help to maintain consistency when users are working on the same project.
  • Easy data backup that prevents data loss from natural disasters, cyber-attacks, hardware failure, etc.
  • Virtually eliminates downtime.

Which businesses benefit from cloud computing?

Although cloud computing solutions are necessary for all business requirements, some businesses that stand to benefit most from implementing cloud solutions are:

  • Tech companies and startups that offer a competitive advantage of speed and agility
  • Healthcare and financial organizations that follow strict regulations and deal with sensitive information
  • Marketing teams and groups that rely on analytics and real-time reporting
  • Businesses with global workforces and remote teams

Is cloud computing right for your business?

Cloud computing is rapidly emerging as the much-demanded solution in the IT landscape. So, yes, cloud computing is suitable for businesses working across different verticals.

Cloud computing offers endless options for businesses in terms of flexibility, affordability, and reliability. But before you decide to adopt cloud solutions, you need to think over the following.

Are you a growing business?

Is cost-cutting highly necessary for you?

Does your business operate under compliance and regulatory requirements?

Once you are entirely clear about your requirements, you can make an informed choice of whether cloud solutions are right for you or not.

Key Takeaways

  • App streaming is a process where end-point devices access virtualized apps from a remote server setup. The apps delivered are virtualized on a server.
  • Virtual desktops are VDI-based desktops that are equipped with specific configurations and operating systems. They have dedicated resources, applications, and user settings.
  • App streaming provides stand-alone applications, while virtual desktops offer dedicated desktop environments. Both have their own set of pros and cons. Companies must first define their requirements and then select between an app streaming solution and virtual desktop accordingly.

The corporate world experienced a lot of rapid transformations and challenges since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier, remote working was just a matter of convenience, but considering the current situation, it has become a necessity to ensure businesses keep running. Having said that, migrating the entire workforce to the work-from-home model is a challenge in itself and is easier said than done.

What businesses and enterprises need is a remote working solution that can facilitate business continuity while also maintaining peak productivity levels. There are several solutions already available in the market to cater to the individual requirements of the users, but before selecting one, it is important to consider what you want and your budget for it. For example, if you are a small business, you may only require stand-alone apps to carry out your business operations, while others may have to go for a complete desktop setup for their daily tasks.

Once enterprises have figured out their requirements, there are primarily two solutions they can opt for. They are app streaming and virtual desktops. The desktop virtualization and app virtualization spaces are witnessing a strong upward growth, which is expected to continue in the future. These solutions are offered as services by third-party providers, and opting for their services can help to reduce capital expenses and on-premise IT challenges. 

Let’s take a look at some of the basics of app streaming and virtual desktops that can help you select the solution that is right for your business.

Defining app streaming and virtual desktops

So, what is app streaming? It is the process where end-point devices access virtualized apps from a remote server setup. The apps to be delivered are virtualized on a server that can either be present on a remote data center or on-premise.

Virtual desktops, on the other hand, are VDI-based desktops that come equipped with specific configurations and operating systems. Virtual desktops are virtual machines that have dedicated resources, applications, and user settings.

Functionality

Consider a traditional office scenario where multiple employees work. The applications that they work on and required for business are the same, but you have to install all of them on every desktop or computer system. The applications are bound by the OS as well. App virtualization involves creating virtual images of applications to be published on a server. Here, the apps are no longer attached to the operating system. The applications are separated from the underlying OS so that efficient application delivery can be ensured.

App streaming eases the process of application delivery on end-point devices. Every application consists of multiple blocks of code. A part of the code is installed on the end-point device, and the remaining part is streamed through protocols such as RTSP, or Real-Time Streaming Protocol. To work on these apps, the user has to install client software on the end-user device they will use to access the virtual apps. (In certain cases, streaming apps can be accessed directly from a browser, too, with no special software required on the end-user device.) Since the apps are streamed to a device and not installed on it, the operating system of the end-point device is typically not very important.

As for desktop virtualization, this means desktops that are hosted on a server or the cloud with the help of VDI technology. A management portal will enable the provisioning and management of the virtual desktops and also allow them to make changes to the desktop configuration as necessary.

Costs

App streaming is an excellent option, in terms of cost-efficiency, for businesses that need a limited number of applications. In the conventional approach, businesses would have to offer a dedicated desktop to their employees even if they need to work only on one application. But with application streaming, they can ask for only those apps that are required and get charged accordingly.

When compared to app streaming, the costs associated with a virtual desktop are higher because it offers a complete workspace solution. But having a virtual desktop is still cost-effective as businesses can cut down on the expenses of deploying an on-premise IT setup. Besides, virtual desktop providers typically offer their services according to pay-per-use pricing plans, where the charges incurred are only in accordance with the resources used.

Personalized Experience

App streaming only delivers you the applications necessary to perform your daily tasks. As users work with the same application, there is no scope for a personalized experience.

That’s not the case with virtual desktops. The complete desktop solutions offered by virtual desktop providers can be personalized according to user requirements. Virtual desktops can be persistent or non-persistent. Delivering a personalized experience is possible with a persistent virtual desktop.

Industry

The industry in which your business operates should also be considered when deciding whether to go for app streaming or desktop virtualization. App streaming can be suitable for businesses where employees depend on only one or two applications. An example of such a business could be a healthcare facility that uses a customer management application to handle and keep track of its clients.

However, if your business needs diverse apps like CRM software or the Microsoft Office suite, choosing a virtual desktop would be a good fit. The complete desktop solution it offers will help you work on any application without performance problems.

Conclusion

Both app streaming and virtual desktops are popular among enterprises looking for remote working solutions. App streaming provides stand-alone applications, while virtual desktops offer dedicated desktop environments. The one that will work the best for your organization will depend on your business requirements. So, it is crucial to analyze that before opting for an app streaming solution or a virtual desktop.

FAQs

What is application streaming virtualization?

It is a software distribution system where users receive applications on-demand. In application streaming, the software is stored on a central server and packaged as information blocks called starter blocks, predictive blocks, and demand blocks. When the user launches the software application, starter blocks are sent to the user, which helps initialize the application and run the necessary components.

After that, the predictive blocks are sent, which are important for closing the application. Finally, demand blocks are software components that are sent only upon request as the need arises.

When should I use desktop virtualization?

Desktop virtualization will work the best for you in the following scenarios:

  • If your organization is dependent on several servers, hardware like laptops and networks, desktop virtualization can help to reduce the operating costs significantly.
  • Your business employs more people than traditional servers can manage.

If your business has to manage large server racks, you will need IT personnel and office space. By adopting desktop virtualization, your office space can be put to better use and the hardware costs can be reduced.

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