Concept: Protection Policies
Date: January 20, 2015
Today we pose the question, “does VDI provide better security than traditional desktops?” The short answer is yes, but it’s not a simple answer. VDI lends itself to being more secure but there are a lot of things that go into it to make it more secure. The data that’s in operation within the desktop environment does not actually reside on the end-user devices – this is one of the key factors that makes VDI more secure. By centralizing the location of the data within the data center on that virtual desktop and the services close to that virtual desktop you create a smaller area that you have to protect versus ALL of the laptops and desktops that could be running ad hoc.
Another key factor to VDI being more secure is patching. New vulnerabilities come up frequently and VDI allows a single patch to be deployed across the enterprise simplifying the process to a single accomplishment. Additionally, should you be infected with a virus or a worm, being able to roll back and remediate it is much easier with VDI. In a non-persistent environment this is as easy as logging in and out. Your device will immediately refresh the environment so you can start right back up.
Mobile devices are another key area, users can take their devices anywhere which can make data less secure through loss or theft. VDI makes it possible to use attribute-based access controls – allowing administrators to specify when users are not in the on campus or on the corporate network can only do limited things on the virtual desktop, something that is very difficult to implement with a traditional desktop.
To implement secure VDI today we recommend our vBOX product which supports both of the major virtual desktop solutions, VMware Horizon View and Citrix XenDesktop. It makes it easy to scale and create new desktops as you add employees. But what if you don’t want to take on a project like this on your own, or say you lack the staff to get it going? RackTop provides desktop as a service and also supports both platforms allowing you to experience the end user experience of virtual desktops without having to manage all the backend infrastructure application, virtualization etc. You don’t need the bandwidth to support a connection from your office to the cloud we can put the virtual desktops in the data center in your facility.
Thanks for joining Eric Bednash and Jonathan Halstuch in this installment of IT matters. For more information on our virtual desktops and desktops as a service be sure to visit our website, www.racktopsystems.com and contact us to find out how we can help you get the most out of VDI.[/us_testimonial]