Securely Manage Data With Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)
What is Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI)?
How Does VDI Work?
The desktop runs on virtual machines (VMs) over a hypervisor and is delivered to endpoint devices such as laptops, desktops, tablets, and smartphones. Users can then use the endpoint devices to interact with the operating system and its apps.
VDI can be classified as persistent and non-persistent. Persistent VDI is customized for a personal user, and the user can log in to the same desktop each time. Non-persistent VDI consists of desktops that revert to their initial state after the user logs out.
VDI operates by completing the following actions:
- The end-user logs into their virtual desktop.
- The login request is accepted after authentication is completed. The user is then sent to their desktop.
- The server creates multiple VMs on which the virtual desktop is hosted.
- The desktop image the end-user sees is a replica of the original desktop.
What are the Benefits of VDI?
Due to workforces being more mobile and increases in the desire to work from home due to the coronavirus pandemic, global accessibility is a key VDI benefit for remote, long-distance, and mobile end-users. With desktop virtualization, data is managed and protected in one central server location. IT Admins can better maintain security with tools like built-in firewalls, automated encryption, network isolation, secure perimeters, multi-factor authentication, and least privilege permissions. With enforced privileged access management, businesses can ensure employee and customer data is kept confidential.
Since processing is done on the server in the cloud, the hardware requirements for end devices are much lower. Users can access their virtual desktops from older devices or tablets, or their own personal devices, reducing the need for IT to purchase new and expensive hardware. Teams can also save on costs by eliminating the need for complex laptop shipping and physical desktop hardware. Laptops, in particular, are expensive to buy and manage — and can easily lead to a security breach. They’re notoriously attractive to thieves, since no data on them can be considered fully secure. Laptops are also vulnerable to end-user risks, whether those are sloppy internet habits or careless use of random USB keys.
What are the Challenges of VDI?
What are Examples of VDI Use Cases?
Since VDI makes virtual desktops easy to deploy and update from a centralized location, an increasing number of companies are implementing it for remote workers.
Bring your own device (BYOD)
VDI is an ideal solution for environments that allow or require employees to use their own devices. Since processing is done on a centralized server, VDI allows the use of a wider range of devices. It also offers better security, since data lives on the server and is not retained on the end client device.
With a single click, IT can activate standby cloud desktops so teams can keep data safe, use any device to access their cloud desktop, and maintain productivity.
Understand Tehama’s Cloud-Based VDI Solution
Tehama works to ensure secure and compliant cloud VDI for a global workforce. Leveraging a global workforce is riddled with security risks: from abuse of privileged credentials and data theft to legacy hardware and infrastructure constraints. Tehama mitigates these risks by establishing a secure perimeter around cloud workspaces and corporate data. Benefits of partnering with Tehama include:
Onboard global teams in 60 minutes
Increase endpoint device security
Workforce Productivity and Experience
Meet Regulatory requirements
An Optimized Future with Tehama
Tehama adds a level of predictability with cloud infrastructure, virtual rooms and virtual desktops, getting remote employees online almost immediately. Tehama’s built-in SOC 2 Type II controls significantly reduce the risk of malware intrusion into corporate networks from remote devices and eliminates the potential of privileged credential theft and lateral network movement associated with VPN access.
Connect with Tehama to learn how Tehama’s solutions can benefit the health of your organization. Contact us today and begin building a secure, sustainable remote workforce that scales – in minutes, not months.