Virtual Desktop Service: Trends and Growth of VDI in 2020

Posted by vDesk.Works on December 8th, 2020

Started back in 2006, VDI, or Virtual Desktop Infrastructure is now considered one of the key cloud-based technologies to look out for in the post-COVID-19 era. Back in the initial days, businesses were not aware of the perks of VDI and this unawareness was one of the biggest reasons why VDI stood away from the mainstream for a very long time.

The usage of VDI was limited to certain industries but the rise of work from home & remote work culture changed everything. VDI has evolved as a viable solution for various desktop virtualization needs. Let’s get an overview of this technology before moving ahead.

VDI: An Overview

Virtual desktop infrastructure hosts desktop environments on a centralized server. These hosted desktops are deployed to end-user on demand. The end-point users can access these hosted or virtual desktops from anywhere in the world via any kind of device. All of the processing is done only on the host server. Users get access to the connection and hosted desktop via a software-based gateway which acts as an intermediary between user and server.

VDI is of two different types, namely Persistent and Non-Persistent VDI, both with which have unique offerings.

Persistent VDI: Here a user connects to the same desktop each new time and is able to personalize and save changes as per the requirements. In simpler words, Persistent VDI is somewhat exactly like a personal physical desktop.

Non-Persistent VDI: This is where users connect to generic desktops. The connection won’t save any kind of change whatsoever. Non-Persistent VDI is much simpler to use and is quite cheaper than the persistent ones. This is often used by workers who don’t need a customized desktop and perform only a few tasks.

Trends of VDI in 2020

The rise of Bring Your Own Device work culture skyrocketed the demand for hosted desktops more than ever before.

The year 2019 saw some exceptional changes in the global VDI market as some of the top players Citrix, Microsoft, and VMware made a lot of future-proof changes in their VDI service, including notable changes in the management and security functionalities.

The year 2020 witnessed some notable VDI trends that are likely to continue in the near future, such as:

1. Persistent VDI is Dominant Over Non-Persistent VDI: The popularity of Persistent VDI is booming each new day. Organizations having non-persistent VDI are slowly and steadily shifting to persistent ones.

2. Security Enhancement: Security has always been a concern for cloud desktop users across the globe. The challenge of security for cloud-based desktops is becoming crucial with each new day due to the rise in the numbers of cyber-attacks across the globe.

Did you know that in 2020, a 238% rise was registered in the number of cyberattacks on banks across the globe?

Attacks on cloud-based technologies rose to a whopping 630% between January and April in 2020.

80% of firms across the globe witnessed cyberattacks in 2020.

Vendors focused on security for VDI in 2020 more than they ever did. Some of the vendors are also developing and integrating their own dedicated security products into their VDI solutions.

3. Service is Becoming Cheaper and Powerful: Experts from around the world have stated that the season of 2019-2020 is truly the year of VDI. Facilities like Azure VDI, Multi-user versioning and GPU-integrations are motivating business organizations to replace VDI in place of the traditional IT infrastructure.

Virtual Desktop Service: Benefits of VDI in 2020

VDI has a ton of different benefits to offer for business organizations of all sizes and types across the world in 2020. Traditional workforces, which were not relying on VDI at all, had to look for urgent desktop accessibility solutions to keep their business up and running during global lockdowns. The impact of COVID-19 was not only limited to the small and emerging business organizations but the consequences were visible for enterprises as well.

Following are some of the major benefits of implementing VDI in 2020 ( and further):

1. BYOD Implementation

One of the key benefits of VDI is the implementation of BYOD work culture. Organizations can now eliminate the need for buying and maintaining in-house IT infrastructures. Employees can bring their own devices as per their needs.

2. Centralized Remote Management

VDI makes device management easier for the admins as everything would get centralized. Managers can get easier access to the complete IT infrastructure and can make changes as required easily. 

3. Remote Working

VDI empowers users to work from any remote location, from any kind of device, at any time of the day. Users can get access to their system at workplaces from different remote locations and can eliminate expenses easily.


VDI is here to stay for a very long time and the year 2020 proved its worth quite convincingly to the world. If you are looking to implement VDI solutions in your organization, there couldn’t have been a better time for that at all!

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