What is VDI?
VDI stands for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure. A virtual desktop is a desktop that doesn't run on your desk, but instead runs inside a datacenter. To the user it still appears to be their own desktop, but adds new features such as being able to work from a variety of different devices. This includes laptops, iPads, web browsers, and thin/zero clients.
What is a zero client?
A zero client (or thin client) is a low-cost terminal that can be used to access VDI. Zero clients are usually integrated into or attached to a monitor, and have a keyboard and mouse connected to work with.
What are the advantages of VDI?
- VDI can easily replace most conventional computers with virtual desktops.
- VDI can create significant energy savings, as thin clients are very energy efficient.
- VDI can save money compared to conventional computers due to simplified maintenance, repair and replacement.
- VDI can save time for tech staff as all desktops can be updated in minutes, not weeks.
- VDI is more secure, as no files are stored in the desktop but instead in the datacenter.