Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

Data storage can be broken down into primary, secondary, removable, and virtual data storage. Each category has its place. As an organization moves toward a virtual desktop infrastructure, some forms of storage system may be more appropriate than others. Here these are the things that everybody interested in virtualization and VDI, not just VDI consultancy professionals, should know about.


Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, also known as Hosted Virtual Desktop or VDI sounds complicated, but it basically means that you can access your desktop remotely from anywhere in the world. Users access their Hosted Virtual Desktops work via their chosen device (PC, laptop, tablet or android). Ultimately, you or your employee's experience will look just the same.


The data is stored on a remote server, in a secure datacenter (this can also be referred to as the 'Cloud') instead of being on a hard drive of an end-user machine. As the files and software applications are stored virtually, should your computer be lost, stolen or breakdown, or your hard drive corrupt, all important documents will be unaffected. Leading companies such as Citrix and Microsoft have joined forces to offer desktop virtualization solutions to customers, meaning you have peace of mind that your desktop is hosted by a reliable source.


Look at the different types of storage systems in a virtual desktop infrastructure:


•    Primary Data Storage:-


Think of primary storage as built-in, hands-off storage on a computer or server. Just like computers come with built-in RAM and ROM. This kind of data is handled by the operating system and end-users are not required to do anything special other than use their computers. When a computer is switched off, its RAM data is removed from memory. ROM is permanent and cannot be overwritten even ROM stores data on internal chips. With a virtual desktop infrastructure, each virtual desktop is assigned its own allotment of RAM independent of what's physically installed on the actual machine used to launch the virtual desktop.


•    Secondary Data Storage:-


Storage devices such as hard disks, CDs, DVDs, and USB flash drives are secondary storage devices. Like if you have a desktop computer with a nearly full built-in hard disk, you could add a second hard disk for added capacity. You could also write data to a CD, DVD, or USB flash drive. Secondary storage is semi-permanent. For example, it doesn't disappear when you shut down the computer like RAM does. Virtual Machines don’t need their own storage devices as data is generally stored in the organization's virtual storage system.


•    Online / Virtual Data Storage:-


Virtual storage is a storage system hosted by the enterprise with users accessing it using a network or Internet connection. While the terms virtual data storage and cloud computing often sound as if the data is just invisibly floating around, it is actually stored on physical storage devices located in a remote datacenter.


Virtual data storage is a vital component of a virtual desktop infrastructure. After all, Users need a centralized location for storing and accessing data. If a user were to store files on a local computer rather than in the virtual data storage, that data would not be accessible when the user uses a different computer to launch the virtual desktop.


The data (your desktop wallpaper, shortcuts, documents, etc.) are stored on a remote server, in a secure datacenter (this can also be referred to as the 'Cloud') instead of being on a hard drive of an end-user machine. As the files and software applications are stored virtually, stolen or breakdown, or your hard drive corrupt, all important documents will be unaffected - they remain safely stored and accessible from an alternate device. LinksPro have joined forces to offer desktop virtualization solutions to customers, meaning you have peace of mind that your desktop is hosted by a reliable source.


So, how can your business benefit from LinksPro's Virtual Desktop Infrastructure?


•    24x7 Access to bespoke 'desktop' functionality via any device with web browser capabilities

•    Improved data security, logging, monitoring and deployment

•    Faster IT deployment for new users (desktops can be set up in minutes not hours!)

•    Reduced IT overhead costs

•    Longer lasting and more energy efficient PCs

•    Automatic Data Back-up and Storage

•    Forms an integral part of an IT Disaster Recovery Plan

•    Flexibility for business owners and employees who travel


One of the greatest frustrations for any PC or laptop user is when their system is down due to hard drive failure. It's extremely worrying how much data may have been lost. In circumstances like this, it's also common to find there has been infrequent backups (unless you have an IT support contract), hence escalating the risk factor of losing critical data.


LinksPro has over 20 years hands on experience of delivering end to end IT Services and virtualization solutions to SMEs. The company has a team of highly skilled technical architects. LinksPro has the expertise to deliver virtual desktops and can help you make the most of this important new technology by integrating it seamlessly into your business. Moving your desktop into centralized and virtualized environment may sound like a big step, but once you've taken it you'll never look back.