Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, or VDI, refers to the process of running a user desktop inside a virtual machine that lives on a centralised server in the data centre. VDI enables customers to streamline management and costs by consolidating and centralizing the desktops – and all the security and simplicity of centralized management – while delivering end-users mobility and the freedom to access virtual desktops anytime, from anywhere, on any device.
VDI is a shadow copy of the desktop including its Operating System (OS), installed Applications and Documents, which are stored and executed entirely from the server hosting it. VDI provides users the ability to access their desktop remotely, even from a handheld device because the entire process of executing the interface is done at the central server.
While it may sound confusing, basically each user is allocated a portion of a powerful centralised computer (their ‘virtual machine’) rather than using the computing power of a physical desktop or laptop computer on their desk. Their are numerous benefits to this setup including the ability for the user to use inexpensive ‘thin client’ devices, older less-powerful computers (just to drive the screen), or other devices on their desks – while still enjoying the powerful computing power, large memory resources and high-speed disk storage provided by the central server.
The unique capabilities of the OneSolve vCAD™ Shared Desktop Infrastructure solution include the ability to support complex 3D models and graphics. Not normally possible with VDI, vCAD’s ability to support 3D environments and graphics makes it the only VDI technology suitable for the design and engineering industries.