Best Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Software
What is Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)?
What is VDI? software is used by businesses to enable access to remote desktops, laptops, and operating systems that would otherwise be inaccessible. VDI software allows users to create virtual machines to run multiple operating systems on a single computer, create layers of security within a network, and locally and remotely access virtualized desktops. Businesses use VDI software, or a free VDI solution, to effectively use existing computer resources without increasing costs, quickly update enterprise software tools, allow employees to run multiple operating systems on the same machine, as well as use their own devices while still maintaining data security. VDI tools allow users to create unique operating systems to launch platform-specific tools. VDI tools are often the key component in infrastructure as service products, in which host servers provide virtual tools (most commonly desktop infrastructures). VDI tools should also integrate with or be able to launch any additional business software a team or company requires.
To qualify for inclusion in the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure category, a product must:
- Have the ability to achieve application and desktop virtualization
- Have administration capabilities for access assignment, control, and delivery
- Provide users with a virtual desktop they can access remotely
Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Software Grid® Overview
The best Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Software products are determined by customer satisfaction (based on user reviews) and market presence (based on products’ scale, focus, and influence) and placed into four categories on the Grid®:
- Products in the Leader quadrant are rated highly by G2 Crowd users and have substantial Market Presence scores. Leaders include: XenDesktop, Fusion, Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS), VMware vCenter, Workstation Pro, SolarWinds Virtualization Manager, and VirtualBox
- High Performers are highly rated by their users, but have not yet achieved the Market Presence of the Leaders. High Performers include: V2 Cloud WorkSpaces
- Contenders have significant Market Presence and resources, but have received below average user Satisfaction ratings or have not yet received a sufficient number of reviews to validate the solution. Contenders include: Horizon 7, Vagrant, Red Hat Virtualization, and Amazon WorkSpaces
- Niche solutions do not have the Market Presence of the Leaders. They may have been rated positively on customer Satisfaction, but have not yet received enough reviews to validate them. Niche products include: Nerdio