Types of Desktop Virtualization

Kevin Asutton


Desktop virtualization is similar to a user's workstation that a remote-connected device may access. By abstracting the user's desktop in this way, businesses can let users access corporate resources from any tablet, laptop, desktop, or smartphone, regardless of the operating system or device, and work from any location with an internet connection. Remote desktop virtualization is a crucial component of digital workplaces. Virtual desktop applications run on servers, frequently using virtual machines (VMs) in on-premises data centers or the cloud. Users' devices are mainly displays, mice, or keyboards, so the risk to the business from loss or theft is negligible. Every user information and application is stored on the server to virtualize desktops and not on the client devices. 

Different Types of Desktop Virtualization

The three most well-known types of desktop virtualization are

  1. Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)
  2. Remote desktop Services (RDS)
  3. Desktop-as a Service (DaaS)
Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)

By dividing the servers into many virtual computers, a virtualized environment is created using the VDI, or virtual desktop infrastructure, technology (VMs). The client operating system (OS) and a specific set of applications operate on a virtual machine in a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). The user can access the desktops and underlying apps like a physical machine. 

VDI gives each user dedicated storage on the VM with specific vCPU, RAM, and memory— to operate from Hypervisor, a software layer that runs the virtual machine. 

Remote Desktop Services (RDS)

Through a shared virtual machine, any Remote Desktop Services (RDS) user can access their Windows desktop sessions from a distance. Users are not separated in this case, and a shared VM is being used by several users, which lowers hardware or infrastructure utilization. In addition, RDS, formerly Microsoft Terminal Services, enables hassle-free remote working.

RDS is not scalable, despite having a more superficial appearance and being less expensive than VDI or DaaS. Additionally, there are better choices for high-performance app operations. Users may need a more user-friendly experience while using a shared VM hosted by remote desktop servers.

Desktop as a Service (DaaS)

Virtual desktops are hosted on the cloud of a third-party provider using a technology called desktop as a service (DaaS). In essence, DaaS is a managed version of VDI that uses cloud hosting to provide all the advantages of virtual desktops.

DaaS provides cloud-hosted virtual desktops with pre-installed programs and tools that end users can use from their devices, in contrast to on-premise VDI. In addition, virtual desktops and programs are managed for you by a third-party cloud hosting company, from implementation through updates.

Your applications and data are kept in data centers operated by providers using top-notch security procedures when you use DaaS. It also helps you decrease your on-premise infrastructure and provides on-demand scalability at a low cost. In addition, you can switch your expenses from CapEx to OpEx by taking advantage of the pay-as-you-go models that providers offer.

VMware Horizon

VMware Horizon is an end-to-end solution to manage and deliver physical or virtual desktops and virtual applications to end-users. It allows for creating and brokering connections for Windows & Linux virtual desktops, Remote Desktop Services (RDS) desktops, and applications. It also delivers Linux-hosted applications.

Vmware effectively deploy, manage, monitor, and expand desktops and applications across hybrid, private and multi-cloud platforms using a cloud-based console or SaaS administration services. Change the way you work with legacy infrastructure using a next-generation hybrid DaaS architecture. Automate provisioning and management for virtual desktops and applications and provide the personalized experience user’s desire. Reduce costs and create your business's value by offering more flexibility and reliable access to resources. Stay productive and connected for employees wherever and from any device by providing a unified, customized desktop environment.

Kevin Asutton
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