You may have heard about virtual desktops, or virtual desktop infrastructures, but maybe you don’t know what they are and what all the fuss is about. Let’s look at virtual desktops and how virtual reality is going to change the workplace.
A virtual desktop is basically a computer that is accessed and operated through the internet. Think of it as some kind of “smart computer.” It takes all of the hardware, processing power, and the operating system, and makes everything accessible at any time or location through the cloud.
Much like when you get a phone and use over the internet through VoIP services like Skype, a virtual desktop gives you a computer that can be handled through the internet.
The infrastructure of a virtual desktop is just a network of different virtual computers that can be accessed from a central control point. They became more popular with the release of Windows 10, which allows users to access virtual desktops directly without the need for additional software.
The Argument for Virtual Desktops
You might be wondering what the appeal of a virtual desktop is. There are many arguments for the use of these cloud-based computers. One of the most apparent benefits is that it allows businesses to unify their employees better. Employees have access to the same network of computers no matter their location. A VDI can be used to manage a complete network of remote workers around the world if needed. That’s just one way that they can transform the workspace.
A network of virtual computers also offers the ability to have multiple computers without them needing to be there physically. There’s greater flexibility when one has access to everything from a remote location.
Another key benefit of virtual desktops is that they effectively cease to exist when not turned on. Temporary files are removed, and the computers are better protected against hacking and malware.
They also allow for greater compatibility. With virtual desktops, users can be sure that every computer on the network is compatible with the applications and programs they need. There’s no need to worry about whether or not something that works on one computer will work on another.
Virtual reality takes the virtual desktop experience to the next level. Imagine being able to access a computer by just putting on a virtual reality headset. That’s the kind of future that we’re headed towards. With virtual desktops, we can create entirely virtual computers. Rather than having to hire people locally and supply them with computers, a business could hire anyone from around the world and supply them with the virtual reality equipment they need to get connected. The workplace will never look the same again with a touch of virtual reality!