Hopefully you enjoyed Citrix Synergy and have now caught up with all of the work that took place while you were away. And hopefully, while at the show, you had an opportunity to drill down into the specifics of what the VDI vendors were saying about the capabilities within each of their solutions.
For the last part of our series on Top 5 Questions to ask a VDI Vendor, we are asking, “Does the VDI vendor offer both hosted and on-premise options, and can they manage your VDI solution in the cloud?”
Like scalability, flexibility is key here. You want to make sure you keep your options open. Just because you want to manage your solution on-premise today, that shouldn’t preclude you from making the move to the cloud in the future.
Likewise, you may choose to manage various groups of users differently – based on risk, proximity or even availability.
As an example, when you look at risk profiles, you may choose to separate full-time employees from seasonal workers, contractors or partners. You may choose to host trusted employees within your secure corporate perimeter, while it might make sense to host non-employees from a third-party environment.
With proximity-based scenarios, the hosted model might provide better service and performance for employees who are traveling or working in alternative locations. Likewise, for availability scenarios, you might want to use the hosted provider to ensure business continuity should the primary location go down.
The cloud of course creates new opportunities that you may choose to take advantage of – great performance, ease-of-licensing (MS) together and a lower cost of management from outsourcing to an expert with efficiencies and economies of scale.
The beauty of VDI Gen2 solutions is that you can separate users, but still manage them from a single interface with consistent image, policies and updates. Why lock yourself into a solution that is focused on one management model? Make sure your VDI vendor offers you the flexibility you deserve so that you can choose the right solution, for the right need, at the right time.
And remember to also ask: