VDI driving effective IT solutions for the Middle East

Steve Evans

Wednesday 9 March 2016

A virtual desktop infrastructure has many benefits, from lower costs to better management. But what exactly is behind the increase in adoption rates in the region?

It’s fair to say that by now the business case for desktop virtualisation has been proved. As the world in which we live changes to be more mobile and more flexible, so too are the technologies we use in the office, and when we are out and about.

So desktop virtualisation is simply one of the many ways businesses are reacting to changing demands. According to Evolve IP’s 2015 State of the Desktop Survey – Virtual Desktops, many businesses have either already implemented some sort of virtual desktop infrastructure or plan to do so within the next three years.

Safety and security is all-important

One of the primary benefits of implementing virtual desktops is security: remote office workers or workers who are regularly out of the office have secure access to all their files, folders and applications. Mobile workers are able to do anything an office-based worker can, with the added benefit of being able to do it from anywhere. Virtual desktops are a much safer way of connecting to corporate information than VPNs.

Flexibility and ease of management are other benefits of virtualised desktops; updates can be pushed out to all users instantly, as can configuration changes and so on.

That first benefit listed above, regarding mobile workers, is one of the drivers behind virtualised desktop adoption in the Middle East. In fact, across the region as a whole technology spending is up, according to Gartner.

Spending for 2015 was projected to reach $214.7 billion, up 5.2 per cent on 2014’s figures. A lot of that spending is going to be on mobility and associated technologies, which Gartner describes as one of the ‘hottest skills’ a CIO might need right now.

VDI will be one of those technologies, because businesses want to be able to offer their workers the most cost-effective and secure way to access what they need when away from the office, whether that is on a laptop or mobile device such as a tablet. Mobility is becoming an increasing issue for Middle East companies as they look to expand not just across the region but across the world. It is, after all, an interconnected planet now.

Comprehensive updates

Another big driver for virtual desktop adoption in the Middle East is, as mentioned above, the ability to push out updates and other configuration changes to all users instantly. A traditional desktop infrastructure means much more manual updating of computers, which can be a time-consuming endeavour and potentially leave many PCs insecure if the latest updates have not been applied.

Businesses across the Middle East are realising the best way to promote and provide a happy, productive workforce is to ensure the technology in place supports workers having much more choice about how and where they do their work, without compromising IT’s control or the company’s security. And that’s precisely one of the main advantages that desktop virtualisation brings to the table.