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The Best Virtual Desktop Ever: Windows 10 on a Surface Pro 3

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Over the last decade many enterprises have tinkered with Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) as an alternative to PCs.    A VDI user accesses a remote, virtualized Windows desktop OS delivered “as a service” from the enterprise datacenter or service provider to a PC/Mac, thin client, Chromebook or a tablet.  But there’s another model for virtual desktops – one that is more secure, lower cost, and fully empowers the user: A Windows 10 PC or tablet, coupled to the cloud.  The “virtual” bit here is the virtualization of data and cloud app access, and the use of virtualization on the client device, for security

VDI is promoted as the best solution for IT teams facing desktop challenges: All VDI desktops boot from the same “gold” OS, so there’s only one image to patch; Data (emails, files, documents) are centrally stored; and users can access their applications and data from many devices, including personal gear. But though it offers benefits in compliance, VDI is at best a partial solution:

  • Though it seems secure – it does help a bit – VDI isn’t a security solution: Users will still click on bad things in their virtual desktop; moreover today’s VDI-aware malware persists across patching, rebuilds and reboots; and the session is only as secure as the access device – a compromised Bring Your Own (BYO) PC can steal login credentials and data. There are two endpoints to secure – the VDI desktop and the user device.
  • VDI brings real costs: Servers, virtual infrastructure to run the desktop; additional license costs; data center space, power and cooling; and tons of infrastructure complexity – there are more things that can go wrong.
  • The end-user experience, whilst good, is not perfect. It is still a challenge to deliver video and real-time media to a VDI user, and techniques like flash-redirect can be exploited as security holes.

To learn more and to read the entire article at its source, please refer to the following page, The Best Virtual Desktop Ever: Windows 10 on a Surface Pro 3- A Collection of Bromides on Infrastructure

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