Why VDI solutions aren’t the answer for distributed work security and support
Some businesses use VDI solutions to secure their distributed workforce, which could include third-parties and employees who are using their own devices as part of BYOD programs. VDI is a virtualization solution that leverages virtual machines to provide and manage virtual desktops. Essentially, VDI solutions host desktop environments on a centralized server, and deploy them to end-users, who access them over a network via their endpoint.
Because of this, VDI solutions are tough to scale, as the scalability of the hosting IT infrastructure is a difficult matter to tackle. Think about it like this: as an organization adds more users and creates more virtual desktops for workers to access, they also need to add more compute, storage, and networking resources to support the VDI workloads. As the infrastructure grows, this becomes incredibly complicated, expensive, and difficult to deliver consistent user experiences for workers.
Along with introducing operational complexity, VDI also raises some security concerns. Common factors like stolen credentials can expose an organization to a multitude of threats. For example, virtual desktops are often left unpatched and don’t have sufficient security software installed, making them incredibly vulnerable to threat actors.
All that said, the concept of VDI is valid and has a place in modern businesses. Organizations must find a vehicle to provide secure access to corporate applications and data for distributed workforces. Employees, contractors, and other workers within enterprise environments need to be able to connect back to the business in a secure manner regardless of their physical location.
Distributed work empowers the business to move at the speed needed to be successful. The trick that IT and security leaders need to tackle is providing access in a way that is inherently secure, doesn’t break the bank and delivers consistent user experiences that allow work to flow.