VDI Solutions: 3 Ways VDI 2.0 Improves Security (and Stops Shadow IT)

Author: Jimmy Chang

Publish on: Jan 5, 2016 6:00:00 AM

3 Ways VDI 2.0 improves Security

Increasingly, slacking on security is a dangerous proposition. New technologies, such as mobile and cloud, enable businesses, employees to stay connected.  However, this means that networks and data are more vulnerable than ever. Despite the risks and the variety of security solutions, both IT departments and users alike often resist utilizing them. What gives? The main reason is simple: Experience with technology like VDI, CMT, and MDM has not been stellar. These solutions are oftentimes simply too difficult deploy, too expensive to operate, too cumbersome to use, or a major hassle to troubleshoot.

In this article, which is the first in a series of 4, we’ll be looking at how next generation VDI technology—we call it VDI 2.0—overcomes these issues. We’ve seen it again and again: When you make VDI easy, adoption skyrockets. Here are 3 ways VDI 2.0 improves security.

1. Users Stop Resorting to Shadow IT

VDI Solutions - Shadow IT circumvents Secure IT policiesUsers resort to shadow IT--such as Dropbox and personal Gmail--for many reasons. Sometimes they’re not getting the IT services they want, other times IT’s solution is too bothersome to use. And there’s no denying that first generation VDI gave users a poor experience. Limitations of latency and bandwidth meant it was frequently slow. VDI 1.0 did not provide with full access to Web apps, network file shares, and hybrid native apps that were important to get their jobs done. Moreover, due to high TCO, IT often didn’t provide it to all users. As a result, users went elsewhere.

A radical re-imagining of how VDI should work, VDI 2.0 is a solution that overcomes these limitations. Thanks to a backend hyper-converged infrastructure, next generation VDI negates the need for a complex datacenter infrastructure. This restructuring also means that costs drop significantly, which enables IT to provision as many tools users need without worrying about high TCO. VDI 2.0 also delivers direct access to Web apps, network file shares, and hybrid native apps, so users no longer experience performance lags. 

2. Data and Applications Never Leave the Datacenter

VDI solutions enable IT to deliver remote access to applications and data from a secured datacenter (but you already know that). Since its debut in 2007, only a whopping 26% of enterprises have embraced VDI (according to the Forrester Research Business Technographics® Global Infrastructure Survey, 2014). However, implementation of first generation VDI is notoriously painful, which scares away many IT departments that are attracted to the benefits but don’t want the stress. Some IT departments have already tried it, gotten fed up, and given up.

Enter VDI 2.0, which has been architected as a control plane architecture and is 100% cloud-based. As such, deployment takes 60 minutes or less regardless of company size. To ensure utmost security, availability, and performance, VDI sessions use RDP to directly connect any user device to your company’s VM, which is hosted on your hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) appliances. Notably, this control plane design ensures that no application data, user credentials, or business applications are copied to or hosted in the Workspot cloud. 

3. IT Stops Worrying about Device Management

In the brave new BYOD world, user-owed devices like laptops, smart phones, and tablets present a major security challenge. New devices are introduced at a harrowing rate for IT.  We call it the “tsunami of devices.” There isn’t a user in the world that wants to give IT permission to lock down their devices. As a result, legacy device management technology like CMT and MDM simply can’t touch this problem. The problem at the heart of device management is that it relies on storing data on individual user devices. Ask yourself this, does locking down a device equal security?

To solve this issue VDI 2.0 eliminates the need for device management altogether. Once users download the Workspot client app from any public app store, users have full access to their virtual desktops and applications. Devices are automatically updated with new features and policies directly from the cloud approximately every 6-8 weeks. There is never any need for user or IT intervention. The result? IT can fully manage user permissions on every device through Workspot’s single cloud-based pane without ever touching them. 

Harnessing the Cloud to deliver VDI in a Workspace as a Service model, VDI 2.0 solves some of IT’s most pressing security issues because it encourages adoption. When deployments and updates are fast, IT is happy. When performance is fast and access is all-inclusive, users are happy.

In the next article, we’ll explore how VDI 2.0 drastically reduces CapEx and OpEx, freeing up IT budgets. 

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