Virtual desktop providers abstract the operating system from a computer’s hardware with virtualization software. Instead of running on the hardware, the operating system, applications, and data run on a virtual machine. An organization may host the virtual machine on-premises.
It is also common to run a virtual desktop on cloud-based virtual machines. Previously, only one user could access a cloud hosted desktop from a single operating system. The technology has evolved to allow many users to share an operating system that is running multiple desktops. IT administrators can choose to purchase virtual desktop thin clients for their VDI or repurpose older or even obsolete PCs by using them as virtual desktop endpoints, which can save money. However, any money saved on physical infrastructure costs may need to be quickly reallocated to software licensing fees for virtual desktops.
A virtual desktop infrastructure provides the option for users to bring their own device, which can again save IT departments money. This flexibility makes virtual desktops ideal for seasonal work or organizations that employ contractors for temporary work on big projects. Virtual desktops also work well for salespeople who travel frequently because their desktop is the same and they have access to all the same files and applications no matter where they are working.
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