Remote work has taken the world by storm. The truth is that things had been trending this way for some time. The pandemic only accelerated the transition. It appears that in many instances, working remotely is here to stay. If you have people working remotely, at some point you’ll probably need to choose between using a persistent or non-persistent VDI, unless you want them to connect by using their home networks.

What Is VDI?

It’s hard to make a good decision if you don’t understand what you’re making a decision about. VDI, or virtual digital interface, is the use of virtual machines to provide and manage virtual desktops. This allows remote use from personal devices. Users use a software-based gateway called a connection broker to connect their desktop instances. Aside from facilitating remote work, VDI benefits include cost savings, improved security, and more centralized management. VDIs come in one of two types: persistent and non-persistent.

Persistent VDI

Persistent VDI makes it possible for a user to connect to the same desktop every time. This provides greater personalization since the changes made during any given session are saved and will be there the next time the user connects. Persistent VDIs also tend to have faster deployment than non-persistent VDIs. Of course, the greater degree of personalization does tend to mean that you’ll need greater storage capacity and that management, specifically in regards to patching and updating, can be more complicated.

Non-Persistent VDI

The biggest point at which non-persistent VDI deviates from persistent VDI is that the desktops are generic and changes made are not saved. In some cases, this can be a better option. It tends to be the simpler and cheaper of the two VDIs. Management is generally simpler, storage requirements are lesser, and they tend to be more secure. Non-persistent VDIs tend to work best for groups that don’t need a customized desktop, perform a limited set of repetitive tasks, or have a lot of task workers.

Many businesses have had to make a lot of adjustments thanks to the increasing prevalence of remote work. If your business is one of them, it may be time to look into integrating a virtual desktop interface. Like many other instances of implementing new technology, this sort of thing is best done by people who are familiar with the tech and know how to get everything running smoothly. Here at Weaver Tech, we’re ready and waiting to help. All you need to do is give us a call.

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