Empowering Work from Anywhere: VDI as-a-Service with APEX

For today’s businesses, virtual desktop infrastructure offers a path to workforce transformation and higher productivity — and Dell Technologies APEX for VDI offers an easy way forward.

For many years now, organizations have used virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) to enable their employees to work remotely. VDI makes it easy for workers to move fluidly between the lab or company office and their remote locations, working on secure systems all the while. From an IT perspective, the benefits of VDI include streamlined security and compliance operations with respect to desktop infrastructure, removing additional legwork for the IT staff.

However, over the past two years VDI has risen in importance as huge numbers of people have shifted to working from home offices full time. Surveys indicate that about 40% of the workforce will continue to work remotely in the months and years ahead — that’s two times more than before the massive shift to remote work.¹ And over the next three years remote work will continue to expand, with up to 50% of employees working away from the university or office.²

In this new world of remote work, VDI is king. And that’s a problem for many IT leaders, as organizations looking to adopt or expand VDI have typically faced several hurdles, including long planning and procurement cycles, management complexity and higher than anticipated infrastructure costs.

These hurdles can cause some hesitation despite the many security and productivity advantages VDI provides. Nevertheless, organizations need solutions that simplify and accelerate the process of acquiring virtual desktop infrastructure for their growing remote workforces – all while reducing complexity and costs.

So how do you get there? In short, head to the APEX with Dell Technologies.

The APEX answer

Dell Technologies APEX for VDI delivers real workforce transformation by giving your organization what you need to create your own on-demand environment with infrastructure and services customized to order, accessed via a pay-per-use consumption model or an enterprise-scale managed utility. All without sacrificing flexibility and choice.

Here are a few of the ways Dell Technologies APEX for VDI can empower your “anywhere workforce” by streamlining and optimizing the implementation of VDI:

    • Work and learn from anywhere. VDI enables users to run company applications and full desktops from anywhere, on any device, to enhance collaboration and productivity.
    • Secure your environment. With hosted desktop infrastructure, your organization’s data remains protected behind the corporate firewall, helping maintain security without sacrificing performance.
    • Increase efficiency while reducing costs. With flexible engineering-validated designs, your IT team can spend less resources procuring, deploying, testing and supporting your ever-changing VDI environment.

Benefits like these help deliver real workforce transformation, enabling people to be productive on their own terms.

To stay flexible and resilient in times of uncertain demand, secure remote management should remain top of mind as a business requirement. Dell Technologies APEX Custom Solutions for VDI consists of products and services designed to enable organizations to reap the full benefits of desktop virtualization and modernize the design and deployment of VDI optimized for performance, cost-effectiveness and security.

For customers looking for a turnkey solution, Dell Technologies APEX Cloud Services for VDI provides day-to-day, hands-on management of the VDI environment. Desktop virtualization services from Dell Technologies can help organizations identify ideal use cases for cloud-based VDI – such as rapidly deploying virtual workspaces for employees in a remote environment or accommodating changes in seasonal demand spikes and personnel – and provide qualitative and quantitative data to support those instances.

Either way, Dell Technologies APEX for VDI provides the path towards taking IT and workforce transformation to the next level.

A case study

The power of VDI emerges most clearly in real-world use cases. That’s the way it is with the city of Amarillo, Texas, which recently accelerated its IT modernization efforts with a VDI and hyperconverged infrastructure solution from Dell Technologies and VMware.

VDI has been a big win for the city in several ways. It simplified the management of client endpoints for several thousand city workers, helped the city save $800,000 in police car hardware costs and enabled all but essential city employees to shift to working from home during the pandemic. Read the case study.

Key takeaways

Here’s the bottom line: Today’s enterprises and public organizations need to find ways to enable their employees to maintain the highest levels of productivity while working remotely. That’s APEX for VDI. With Dell Technologies APEX for VDI, you can provide remote access to virtual desktops and company applications anytime, anywhere. And you can do it all with a best-in-class cloud solution that puts the user experience first.

To learn more

Ready to accelerate your move to virtual desktop infrastructure? Get to the APEX with Dell Technologies.

¹ ESG Research, Trends in Digital Workspaces, VDI & DaaS, April 2020. Full Report

² Dell Technologies, Pre- and Post- CV19: Dell User Group Pulse Survey, March 2020.

About the Author: Chhandomay Mandal

Dr. Chhandomay Mandal is the Director of Solutions Marketing at Dell Technologies. He leads solutions across artificial intelligence, analytics, business applications, VDI and HPC as well as industry-specific solutions for healthcare, media & entertainment, semiconductors and smart manufacturing. Prior to his current role, he led Dell’s all-flash storage solutions marketing efforts for desktop virtualization, server virtualization and private cloud. Dr. Mandal has been awarded 13 patents. He has a PhD from University of Florida, MBA from Indiana University, and BTech from Indian Institute of Technology.