Periodically, we turn over control of the CenturyLink Cloud blog to members of our certified technology Ecosystem to share how they leverage our platform to enable customer success. This week’s guest author from the Cloud Marketplace Provider Program is Muhammad Umair, VP of Software for VDIWorks.

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Desktop-as-a-Service(DaaS) with VDIworks and CenturyLink Cloud

With tens of thousands of licenses sold globally, VDIworks’ VDP is an end-to-end VDI management system that enables DaaS for your business.

By now you have probably read dozens, if not hundreds of articles touting the benefits of virtualized desktops. Most pundits agree virtual desktops lower costs of IT support through enhanced proactive management processes, mitigation of unplanned downtime via more reliable services, extend equipment lifecycles, and make it possible to achieve a nearly 50% reduction in desktop delivery costs. Imagine how that would feel.

What small, medium, or even large enterprise CIO wouldn’t relish the elation of knowing their organization had achieved a level of competence that eludes so many of their peers and competitors? Your organization, regardless of its size, can achieve a transition from the old PC-centric model of desktop delivery to employees and turn to a modern, state-of-the-art computing workspace. With cloud-based Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), you can succeed where others have tried and stalled, or failed. The reality of achieving an agile enterprise without hurting the bottom-line is not “make-believe” corporate fiction. It is reality, thanks to VDIworks’ VDP on CenturyLink Cloud.

Efficiency, Scalability & Cost-Effectiveness Intertwined

Not every software vendor or professional services consultant will tell you the truth about on-premise VDI, but we will—it can be really expensive. The true benefits aren’t rhetorical; it’s just that a solid business case for it requires more users than most SMBs employ. The good news is that cloud desktops, or Desktops-as-a-Service (DaaS), deliver all of the same benefits at a fraction of the costs and none of the headaches.

VDIWorks DaaS is easy to scale and easy to integrate for whoever helps you provide desktops today.

Option 1:

It allows you to focus on other important aspects of your business, instead of worrying about the back-end technology, upgrades, patching, or mission-critical elements such as resource-provisioning, load balancing, etc. All that is handled by your DaaS provider—CenturyLink Cloud.

Option 2:

Your productivity is bound to skyrocket when key aspects such as back-end technology, upgrades, patching, or mission-critical elements like resource-provisioning, load balancing, and so forth are handled by your DaaS provider—CenturyLink Cloud. Essentially, you can focus on other aspects of your business with complete peace of mind.

As an example, let’s look at the retail industry. Every year, seasonal hikes warrant a sharp and sudden increase in workforce as well as secure corporate desktops. In such a scenario, DaaS comes to the rescue, allowing for addition of users (contractors or seasonal employees) on an as-needed basis with complete benefits of VDI, but without the massive financial or time investment.

More importantly, as retailers deploy omni-channel strategies that converge physical and digital channels, a scalable solution and datacenter that caters to a fast-paced environment in real-time is a critical success factor. According to Deloitte’s 2015 Holiday Survey, 83% of all respondents showed serious concern about retailer data breach. DaaS makes a solid case for assuring such customers that their data is instantly secured in the cloud as it leaves the point of sale (POS).

Another case-maker for cloud-based desktops is the enhanced resilience that accompanies them from a disaster recovery perspective. Tragedies, from natural to engineered, can strike at any time. The fact that you have your data safe in a carrier-class, remotely-accessible, and ultra-secure data center serves as insurance which guarantees business continuity in all circumstances.

Combined Power to Your Enterprise

VDIworks’ VDP is a holistic VDI management suite that tactically enables organizations to steer clear of multiple licensing costs by combining all the components to deliver Desktops-as-a-Service in a pre-integrated suite: connection brokering, VM management, health, alerting, inventory, and physical management.

Getting Started

With VDP, CenturyLink customers can now easily create and deploy a holistic Desktop-as-a-Service infrastructure within a matter of minutes, across multiple environments and save up to 50%, as compared to traditional desktop infrastructure. To begin using VDIworks’ VDP on CenturyLink Cloud today, refer to the Knowledge Base Getting Started Guide. Additional information on the Virtual Desktop Platform can be found on the VDIworks website.

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Whom Should I Contact for Support?

  • For issues related to deploying the VDIworks Blueprint on CenturyLink Cloud, Licensing, or Accessing the deployed software, please visit the VDIworks website or email us.

  • For issues related to cloud infrastructure (VM's, network, etc.), or if you experience a problem deploying the Blueprint or Script Package, please open a CenturyLink Cloud Support ticket by emailing us or through the CenturyLink Cloud Support website.