The Key Difference Between Persistent VDI & Non-Persistent VDI

When it comes to the implementation of Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) to your company, it is important to know the difference between the types of VDI deployments.

If you aren’t familiar with VDI deployments, they are divided into 2 types which is the persistent VDI and non-persistent VDI. They each have their share of advantages and disadvantages which are important things to take note of in finding the best one for your needs.

Let’s go over both types of VDI deployments and their clear advantage over the other and their best use case scenario.

Persistent VDI

The main key difference of persistent VDI is that it allows the user to customize their desktop and keep saved changes even if they were to log off from the system. This allows for easy personalization and familiarity for the user making it easier for them to keep track of where everything is. Furthermore, between the 2 deployments, persistent VDI is generally faster to deploy and implement in comparison to non-persistent VDI.

Persistent VDI is best used in cases where the user needs to install their applications to do complex tasks that other members in their field don’t do. Examples of such are laboratories in school, healthcare staff and personnel and other professional workers such as engineers and architects for example.

Non-Persistent VDI

In contrast to the customizable nature of persistent VDI, non-persistent VDI doesn’t save any changes done to the desktop making it simpler to manage. This allows for more storage because the original file is separated from the user’s current desktop removing the need to keep it maintained. Furthermore, in comparison between the two, non-persistent VDI has more enhanced security since alterations of its settings and configurations aren’t possible making it more secured than the customizable nature of persistent VDI. If the system does get comprised, a simple reboot is all that’s needed to fix the problem as it will just return the desktop to a clean state.

One of the best times to use Non-Persistent VDIs is for task workers such as retail employees or warehouse managers. Furthermore, because of the nature of the system, it is also ideal for scenarios when there’s a data entry to be made such as pharmacy data entries, airline check-in systems and even customer self-service desktops. Other than the previously mentioned scenarios, it is also useful for training employees or students because of its clean nature.

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