VDI and the Pros and Cons of Zero-Client Devices
The concerns about information security, personal privacy, system compromise, data breaches, and identity theft have become increasingly important in today’s world of data and information availability and analytics. Network architects are aware of them and continuously look for tools, techniques, and methodologies to secure the enterprise. One of the architectural tools that has been gaining ground and is being added to the network infrastructure is the zero-client device/endpoint. The zero-client device, along with a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), can improve your information security program and enterprise architecture; however, it is not for everyone.
In this paper, we review the pros and cons of the zero-client device with VDI. Areas of discussion include hardware, software applications, training, administration, support, outages, user experience, security, cost (and licensing), and future planning.
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