DataCenterNews Asia Pacific logo
Specialist data center news for Asia Pacific
Partner content
Story image

Creating a modern data experience with virtual desktop infrastructure

FYI, this story is more than a year old

The global work from home experiment has galvanised businesses to make both defensive and strategic technology investments. Businesses have had to quickly adopt new ways of working to not only ensure business continuity and meet employee needs, but also to maintain their competitive edge. Key to this has been the adoption of technology that is agile, flexible and scalable, such as virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). As countries around the world began their lockdowns as the global pandemic raged, Pure saw a significant rise in the number of enquiries for VDI workloads.

With VDI, the desktop operating system (OS) runs and is managed in an on-premises or cloud data center, with the virtual desktop delivered over a network to the endpoint device, providing an experience as if the OS and its apps were running locally. In doing so, VDI has supported the rise of bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies. This has completely reimagined employee experience by enabling employees to integrate their preferred devices into the workplace and work from anywhere. VDI also allows entire workloads to be reprovisioned to overcome issues such as lag so that users can maintain productivity from wherever they choose to work.

Although the case for VDI is certainly argued by remote workers, it can provide many additional benefits for businesses, making the growth of VDI not all that surprising.

Improved cybersecurity

As day-to-day operations have drastically changed for safety needs, businesses have also had to adapt their cybersecurity strategy, with many leveraging VDI as a tactic.

A clear benefit of the VDI model is all data is stored in a centralised infrastructure; nothing is retained at the endpoint. This adds the necessary layer of protection BYOD ecosystems require considering how attractive personal devices have become as a target for cyber criminals. VDI's proactive security approach also encompasses the centralised management of virtual desktops. Functions like sharing data based on the user's location or isolating sessions to limit access further enhance a business' cybersecurity posture.

Not to mention, managing access for third party contractors has traditionally presented a high security risk. Through a private VDI platform, administrators can quickly provision and deprovision desktop resources as needed for a given contractor. This increased visibility and control over user access makes VDI the ideal security solution for addressing contractor needs.

A better IT experience

VDI provides a streamlined environment so that IT teams are better geared to carry out their responsibilities, like testing and application maintenance. With VDI, administrators can deploy and test new platforms within “live” environments without having to provision hardware resources. Once the testing is complete, IT teams can seamlessly roll out the new update, application or desktop environment.

With the right storage capability, VDI can also offer more heavy resource users, such as IT teams, the same powerful user experience for large workloads. Historically, this required very expensive endpoint solutions. Today, all-flash storage systems can accelerate virtual desktops and applications with incredibly low latency so all users, regardless of workload, can experience market-leading performance.

Unparalleled flexibility

VDI and virtualisation allow businesses to control their cloud environments and how they provision resources. The ability to dynamically provision and deprovision resources gives organisations unparalleled flexibility and helps IT teams to realise the true value of data center efficiency.

Data Center performance can be further transformed with data-reduction technologies--like deduplication and compression. For instance, Pure Storage's Pure Reduce, which offers five always-on reduction technologies, is designed to support high performance for mixed workloads and almost every application.

Previously, VDI technologies were underappreciated and underutilised given the resources and huge upfront costs associated with the centralised storage required for virtual machines. Now, new innovations like Pure's industry-proven solutions have transformed VDI into the foundation for a modern data experience. Powered by the right infrastructure, VDI can help support new business models and improve user satisfaction, cybersecurity and IT operations.

Related stories
Top stories
Story image
Data Protection
iseek acquires south Australian data centre, YourDC
The acquisition broadens iseek’s co-location, cloud, and connectivity offering to seven data centres across Brisbane, Northern Queensland, Sydney, and Adelaide.
Story image
Microsoft
Putting the data horse ahead of the technology cart
There’s one question I often ask myself: Are we over-indexing on thinking about technology rather than data?
Story image
Artificial Intelligence
Versa announces partnership with Nabiq to deliver 5G services
Versa’s VOS enables a unique approach to 5G edge solutions by combining virtual machines with SASE multi-tenancy to enable 5G UPF data plane
Story image
Data analytics
COVID-19 relief innovation takes 2022 SAS Hackathon crown
In COVID-19’s wake, more than 287,000 MSMEs joined JakPreneur, a collaborative government platform that links entrepreneurs and stakeholders
Story image
Data Centre Cooling
The world is heating up, but data centres should keep their cool
With the world heating up, the challenge of keeping data centres cool becomes more complex, expensive and power intensive.
Story image
Sustainable IT
Equinix partners NUS to use hydrogen tech in data centres
The partners will develop hydrogen fuel technologies for green data centres in tropical climates, and for use in Equinix’s global network.
Story image
IT Automation
Juniper Networks announces expansion of Apstra Software with Apstra Freeform
The newly announced Apstra Freeform technology will give customers the ability to manage and automate operations for data centers regardless of the architecture.
Story image
Software-as-a-Service
Honeywell launches Data Center Suite for business outcomes
Honeywell has launched its Data Center Suite, a portfolio of outcome-based software offerings to help data centre managers and owners.
Story image
Data Protection
iseek secures Queensland Government data centre contract
iseek secures the Queensland Government's core network data centre as-a-service contract after a competitive procurement process undertaken by the CITEC.
Story image
Data analytics
Srisawan Hospital to enhance patient experience with InterSystems TrakCare
The new Srisawan Hospital in Bangkok has chosen InterSystems TrakCare to help create enhanced patient experiences and promote further digital engagement.
Story image
Microsoft
VMware extends collaboration with Microsoft for enterprise workloads in Azure
Mutual customers will have the choice to purchase Azure VMware Solution through the VMware Cloud Universal program.
Aws Marketplace
Learn how to implement a backup and recovery plan for a new generation of Kubernetes-based modern applications
Link image
Story image
Digital Transformation
Nanyang Technological University Singapore builds digital brand presence
Leveraging the customisation features of Sitefinity DX, non-technical users could upload content and create design pages and boost work productivity. 
Story image
Software Defined Wide Area Network
Axiata, Versa Networks partner for enterprise SASE in Asia
Axiata has partnered with Versa Networks to deliver Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) technology to rapidly digitalising Asian enterprises.
Story image
Melbourne
Equinix invests $23m to expand ME2 data centre in Melbourne
Equinix has completed the second phase expansion of its ME2 International Business Exchange data centre, located in Port Melbourne.
Story image
Cloud
SoftIron announces its newest flagship offering, HyperCloud
SoftIron has announced HyperCloud, the world's first full turnkey, completely integrated and supported Intelligent Cloud Fabric and the company's newest flagship offering.
Story image
Optical Networking
NEC predicts AON as a next-generation infrastructure
NEC's open optical transmission devices support multi-vendor configurations, allowing customers to procure and combine equipment from multiple vendors.
Story image
Multi-cloud
VMware advances multi-cloud management with VMware Aria
Managing apps and infrastructure in a multi-cloud, especially public cloud, and multi-technology environment is complex.
Story image
Digital Transformation
NTT launches its Cyberjaya 6 data center in Malaysia
NTT expands its hyperscaler footprint in Malaysia with its sixth data center facility, supporting the growing digital economy.
AWS Marketplace
Whitepaper: A practical guide for mitigating risk in today’s modern applications
Link image
Story image
Superloop
Stellar financial result after major strategic moves by Superloop
We get a glimpse under the hood at the financial results from 2022 for the connectivity giant Superloop.
Story image
Data center
Australia’s data centre pioneer still leading after 22 years
We look at the fascinating success of Macquarie data centre's over its 22 year life span and how they continue to innovate in a highly contested sector.
Story image
5G
Worldwide 5G mobile data traffic exploding - report
"With 5G, there is a wider range of deployment scenarios, forcing vendors to provide comprehensive solutions to support every need."
Story image
Data
Talend announces support for Amazon Redshift Serverless
Talend has announced its support for Amazon Redshift Serverless, with the company saying the integration reinforces its commitment and leadership in supporting businesses.
Story image
Sustainable IT
Empyrion DC announces 40MW green data center in South Korea
Empyrion DC has announced it is developing a 40MW green data center in Gangnam, Seoul, South Korea (GDC).
Story image
Storage
DCI Data Centers breaks ground on AKL02 center
DCI Data Centers has commenced construction on Auckland's largest data center.
Story image
Sustainable IT
New report calls for tighter guidelines on data centre sustainability
A new Cushman & Wakefield report is calling for water consumption and carbon emissions to be measured in addition to power usage.
Story image
Firewall
Fortinet unveils compact firewall for hyperscale data centres, 5G networks
"Fortinet’s dedication to pushing the boundaries of what is possible in security performance has yielded the most powerful compact firewall yet."
Story image
Update
InterSystems releases updates to its IRIS data platform
Provider of next-generation solutions InterSystems has announced a series of new releases to its award-winning InterSystems IRIS data platform.
Story image
Machine learning
Oracle announces MySQL HeatWave for Amazon Web Services
MySQL HeatWave is a service that combines OLTP, analytics, machine learning, and machine learning-based automation. 
Story image
Digital Transformation
NEXTDC opens $1b+ next gen sovereign data centre in Sydney
Australian data centre as a service provider has officially opened S3, its largest Sydney development to date. 
Story image
Google Cloud Platform
Google Cloud to open first cloud region in NZ - among others
Google Cloud has announced plans to bring three new cloud regions, one each in New Zealand, Malaysia and Thailand.
Story image
Edge Computing
NTT launches Edge-as-a-Service to accelerate automation
"Minimum latency, maximum processing power, and global coverage are exactly what enterprises need to accelerate their digital transformation journeys.”
Story image
Storage
Seagate announces next gen advanced storage arrays
The new Exos X systems feature up to twice the performance of the previous generation and enhanced enterprise-class durability, the company states.
Story image
Network Infrastructure
Vertiv launches solutions to better manage edge computing
Vertiv has introduced new power and cooling solutions for the edge of the network, including the addition of lithium-ion models to a leading on-line UPS family.
Story image
Data Centre Maintenance / Management
Schneider Electric backs new Leading Edge data centre in Australia
As a result of the new project, regional Australian businesses and communities will likely have greater access to distributed cloud networks.
Story image
Gartner
SnapLogic named Visionary in two Magic Quadrant categories
SnapLogic has announced that it is the only iPaaS (Integrated Platform as a Service) vendor to be named a Visionary in two Magic Quadrant categories.
Story image
Startup
Zetaris is changing the way we think about data virtualisation
Zetaris was launched on the Microsoft Marketplace and Ingram Micro Cloud Marketplace in Australia in 2020 and has since expanded into nine global markets.
Story image
Software-as-a-Service
Cloudera launches all-in-one data lakehouse cloud service
CDP One makes it faster, easier and less risky for businesses to move to the cloud and migrate existing workloads to a modern data architecture.
Story image
IT infrastructure
Bentley Systems announces finalists for the 2022 Going Digital Awards in Infrastructure
The company says that this annual awards program honours the work of Bentley software users who are advancing infrastructure design, construction, and operations throughout the world.
Story image
Hyperscale
Growth in hyperscale data centres to increase shortage of IT workers
New Zealand's tech worker capacity is set to come under increasing pressure as the number of hyperscale data centres grows.