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Investment Firm Use Cases for a Cloud Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)

By Amisha Shah | Thursday, April 9th, 2020
As we start to somewhat settle into our new working from home reality, it’s a good time to reflect on what could have been done to better prepare for a prolonged period of remote working, from an organisational point of view.

The deployment of a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is likely to have popped into the heads of IT decision makers around the world. VDI is a technology used to create a virtualised desktop environment on a remote server setup. VDI works by segmenting servers into various virtual desktops to enable users with access remotely through their devices.

In a recent webinar, cloud and technology enthusiasts at Eze Castle Integration assessed whether a cloud virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is truly suited to the needs of the investment sector. Today’s blog article will cover top use cases for this infrastructure model (the full replay can be accessed here) to help you determine if your business would benefit from it. 

VDI Use Cases for Investment Firms

  • Your business operates from multiple offices. The argument for VDI is further strengthened if the offices are located in various geographic locations. In such cases, businesses are often better suited to deploying a centralised server to enabled virtual desktop access.
  • Providing all employees with deskside support is proving difficult. This may be especially difficult for locations where you have smaller IT teams/personnel to provide on-site. Additionally, shipment of office equipment to certain locations can be difficult for various reasons such as trade embargos etc., which further argues the case for VDI.
  • Security concerns. Opting for VDI means you’ll have less tangible infrastructure to secure within your office(s). And through the deployment of a Tier 1 and Tier 2 VDI means you’ll have more stringent security protecting your centralised IT server.
  • Use of applications that are sensitive to latency. The use of applications in daily business operations is a staple for most investment firms. Thus, any connectivity issues can cause much disruption to business operations. Therefore, using a datacentre which keeps you aggregated to other vendors via the cloud VDI model can be the key to continued operational excellence.
    • Some organisations may also face application compatibility issues on different hardware such as Apple Macs, Linux and other tablets) – this is especially experienced with applications created in-house. Having a VDI in place will enable you to encapsulate all unique dependencies in one server.
  • Data sovereignty rules. Regulations around data differ around the world – and this can cause business disruptions in some locations. With a VDI in place, organisations can ensure information sharing is maintained across locations with ease.
  • Scalability issues. It can be much more cost effective to have one centralised server enabling VDI across locations, as opposed to setting up equipment in different locations. Firms are encouraged to perform a cost benefit analysis to weigh out the pros and cons of this model from a financial standpoint.

As with everything, there are both pros and cons to deploying this infrastructure model. Watch the webinar replay here to listen in on the full discussion!

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