How VDI Facilitates Disaster Recovery

Bhavleen Kaur

Oct 12, 2021

Is disaster recovery rising as a priority for your business? Check how Virtual Desktop Infrastructure can help! 
 
Last year marked an explosion in remote working due to the onset of the pandemic around the world. Businesses were forced to evacuate their office spaces and start working remotely overnight. We were not ready for this sudden change—neither employees nor employers had a medium to communicate, collaborate, and work. This situation equally became challenging for small, medium, and large enterprises, stopping everyone from catering to their clients’ needs.  
 
Cloud VDI/DaaS solutions emerged as a blessing at this time. 
 
From 2019 to 2027, the CAGR of the VDI market is expected to grow by 14.4% in the next five to six years.  
 
There’s no doubt that cloud VDI solutions are gaining popularity with remote culture in the spotlight. Both VDI and DaaS offer an optimum option for remote working, BYOD support, and work-from-home. These environments are centralized, managed on the cloud, secure, easily accessible, task-specific, robust, performance efficient, and cost-effective.
 
However, we have kept databases as the frontline defenses for disaster management and business continuity over the years. The pandemic has taught us otherwise to some extent. Therefore, cloud desktops can change the disaster recovery strategy for a secure future—a future that we can visualize with VDI solutions.
 
We should consider using cloud VDI solutions for disaster recovery because the market is changing as we speak. Many employees don’t want to move back to work indefinitely, and a large portion of our workforce would like to keep working remotely. Therefore, WFH is not going anywhere. With this, there’s a concern about laptop theft, failure, attack, etc. Having a disaster recovery plan is imperative.

 

Disaster Recovery Through A Remote Server

 

The first option we have for disaster recovery is through a remote VDI server. It seems logical to create 2-3 remote data centers for VDI infrastructure to manage data and recovery in times of disaster. But, it is imperative to note that it is actually what is stopping organizations from having a DR plan in the first place. 
These data centers sit IDLE for a very long time until we face a disaster and utilize this data center. Therefore, we can say that this investment offers no returns for a large part of the year or multiple years. 
 

Disaster Recovery Through Cloud VDI Solutions 

 

A cost-effective and feasible option is to use cloud VDI solutions.  
 
Cloud desktops are VDI solutions hosted on the cloud from a VDI provider. The provider hosts your desktops on a remote server and offers internet-based remote access. At the backend, this is still VDI, and you can receive the same features of a VDI solution with additional features of DaaS.  
 
If your organization starts using hosted virtual desktops for disaster recovery, you can save money, time, and resources. The servers are properly maintained, updated, and managed by the provider. You only need to pay a fixed charge for these cloud services.

 

Hosted Virtual Desktop Is Your Contingency Plan 

 

Can hosted virtual desktops become your contingency plan? Let’s find out how cloud desktops help you build a strong disaster recovery architecture.  
 
Regular data backup 


Your hosted virtual desktop provider continuously backs up your data according to the requirements of the organization. These backups are updated and comprehensive. This means that these backups include your entire desktop data, applications, files, and consumer data.
 
Therefore, at any given point, when you need to restore a backup image, you get the latest version of the entire desktop, not just a file or application.  
 
Geographically distant servers 


The backups taken by the VDI provider are stored in multiple geographically distant data servers. This means that if one data center suffers a disaster or disruption or the server is simply not responding, you get immediate access to your data from another data center. Unless all the data centers experience a disaster at once, which is highly unlikely, your disaster recovery plan is quite strong in this case.   
 
Quick recovery


When you need to recover your data, you don’t need support from your IT team. The procedure is easy and almost instant. Your CSP trains your employees to recover data from a backup image in case of a disruption.  
 
If you face issues in this, you can also call the support center of the CSP and receive guidance. Overall, it is much quicker to recover data after a disaster from the cloud than any other method. Just a few clicks and authorizations help you achieve this action.  
 
Remote working


We are discussing remote working here because you can complete every task remotely with the cloud. Your disaster recovery is not restricted to one location, such as your office. This means that if the pandemic had happened when you had DaaS or cloud VDI, you would have had the ability to recover and access data from home. 
 
Even when a device fails, you can easily recover the entire desktop on any other device. This can be a PC, laptop, mobile, or any device with an internet connection.  
 
Central management 


Cloud desktops are centrally managed, which helps you recover data without any glitches. You don’t need to extract backup images from different servers, applications, and databases. All the data is in one place, and you can recover your entire infrastructure at once. 
 

Conclusion

 

The pandemic has helped us understand the importance of hosted virtual desktop infrastructure and a disaster recovery plan. Organizations that were using cloud desktops before the pandemic would have experienced a very slight impact of the disruption. If you want to create a contingency plan this strong and become future-ready, understand cloud VDI solutions and start implementing one in your organization.  

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Bhavleen Kaur

Content Writer & Strategist

Bhavleen Kaur

Bhavleen Kaur works as a Content writer with Ace Cloud Hosting and is a passionate blogger. She is currently all in works writing about virtual desktop hosting, Technology, and trends in VDI & DaaS.