Major problem with abbreviation of Virtual Desktop Infrastructure as VDI is, it represents several propietary and generalized terminologies, so it is better if VDI is avoided and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure is used.
More problem exists. Virtual Desktop Infrastructure has other names as well, like virtual desktop interface. In this article, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, Virtual Desktop Interface and VDI will be used to point the same technology. Other closer terms are used to denote Virtual Desktop Infrastructure are Desktop Virtualization and Client Virtualization. Author generally mentions which terms are used in his / her article to mean Virtual Desktop Infrastructure.
This precaution for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure is to prevent misunderstanding with some propietarty terms or trademarked terms, which might not represent Virtual Desktop Infrastructure truly.
What is this Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)
Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is the server computing model enabling desktop virtualization, encompassing the hardware and software systems required to support the virtualized environment.
The confusion arised due to, Microsoft developed (read purchased) a number of components for growing its own virtualization portfolio.
In this article we will focus on only the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) that does not represent any Trademarked or branded term.
Keypoints of Virtual Desktop Infrastructure against a normal PC
A PC is a computer hardware with major essential elements along with an Operating System, the Operating System might or might not have an Graphical Interface.
Again, look how the dinosours changes the academic terminologies : Microsoft uses PC to denote a Computer running Windows OS, Apple markets their PC as Mac and clearly says ‘against PC’. For this article on Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, consider PC to be a computer which can run Linux, Windows or Mac OS X (or whatever).
In a very brief a PC can be described as a box with some electronic components that is designed to run software applications.
I will mention in this article only the advantages of Virtual Desktop Infrastructure today. It has disadvantages, but before starting to write the disadvantages of Virtual Desktop Infrastructure; an primer is needed. I will try to continue this series on Virtual Desktop Infrastructure in this website.
Advantages of Virtual Desktop Infrastructure
- Reduced startup costs: The total cost of ownership can be reduced as much as to -60% to -100%.
- Reduced recurrent costs: Obviously, the electricity consumption, mantenance cost is reduced in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure environment.
- Increased Security, easier administration and management: It is quite easier look after these points in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure.
Other points people generally lenthens are basically the corollary of these points.
We will continue about the disadvantages of Virtual Desktop Infrastructure in another article next week.
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