Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) is becoming a popular solution for saving money on client hardware, lowering the cost of deploying new applications, easier provisioning of desktops and more centralized control. A VDI can be built on Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Services (formerly Terminal Services) or a variety of other products such as Citrix’s XenDesktop, Sun VDI and VMware View.
Regardless of which products you use to deploy VDI, it’s important to realize that a virtual environment doesn’t, in itself, protect your network from security threats. If managed improperly, the network can be put at risk. If managed properly, a VDI can provide a secure environment. This article raises some of the questions that you should ask when implementing a VDI: