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In case you didn’t have time to keep up with this week’s virtual desktop headlines, here are a few of our favorites for the week of June 19, 2017.
The experts over at brianmadden.com have been deep into the desktop virtualization world for a while, so it’s a bit funny to see them predict VDI and DaaS hitting it big in the coming years. But if anyone can predict a swell they’re the people!
The timing is right this time around because virtual desktop infrastructure has matured to a point where cost and performance concerns have largely been resolved (more on that in It’s Time to Revisit VDI). At the same time, the world has been going through a substainial shift toward mobile and cloud solutions. The brianmadden.com folks predict this will create new demand for desktop virtualization and more tolerance for the challenges that still exist.
After mobile and cloud fully sweep through the IT world (or through various segments or organizations), DaaS and VDI are going to look especially attractive, because they take the benefits of mobile and cloud and apply them to old desktop apps. (We’ll be used to the challenges by then, too.) DaaS and VDI make your Windows applications more “cloud”-like, just like all your other modern applications. And they’re “mobile,” because you can access them from lots of different devices, not just a Windows desktop.
This article may be focused on the healthcare industry, but there are several points where you can easily forget that HealthIT Security is talking about a specific industry and not general best practices and changes to the modern workforce. The topics that really caught our attention is the discussion on the importance of backing up data and how data is accessed and handled today. Several experts stressed the importance of being able to isolate data to protect it (basically don’t store it on endpoints!), have the ability to identify and wall off a potential attack and have a reliable backup if your data is locked down for a ransom.
“You want them to be able to have the applications, have the rich experience, have all the performance, but not necessarily be able to have the data on their mobile device,” Roemer said. “And by utilizing virtualization, you’re giving them the experience of working with the applications and the data but not actually exposing the data to the security environment of the device.”
There are a lot of places where a virtual desktop project can get hung up. If you can’t convince executives that DaaS or VDI is a worthwhile project the initiative will never get off the ground. If IT isn’t bought in they can drastically slow down the implementation process. If end users don’t understand how virtual desktops will make their lives easier and better they’ll be hesitant to learn and adopt this new way of working. As a virtual desktop advocate, you need the support of internal champions throughout the organization to help you push the initiative to success. Dizzion’s own VP of Product & Strategy Brady Ranum walks through who you need to turn into an internal champion and how to make the most compelling argument to convince them in this ITProPortal article.
When pushing for a major change in “how things have always been done” it’s not uncommon to meet resistance. As the saying goes, “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it.” But in the case of IT initiatives, being willing to make that leap to the next bigger, better solution can be key to staying ahead of the competition and even gaining a competitive advantage. So you need to overcome that gut-check opposition. The best way to do this is by aligning people to a common goal and getting them to buy into the change.