By Rob Nunes – VP of Marketing
Enterprise video solutions are one of the hottest new trends for businesses to embrace. However, companies that utilize virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) can experience some major problems when trying to implement a successful video solution. Buffering problems, jitter and general quality issues can occur because of network usage by the VDI. However, both VDI and video for business present a variety of benefits that are hard to pass up.
One thing that any business should do when considering the integration of video and VDI is to examine the financial landscape of VDI. Virtualization doesn’t just affect hardware costs, it affects a much boarder swath of operations, each of which in turn influence a company’s finances. According to Data Center Knowledge, everything from production speed to power costs can be influenced.
VDI presents a great deal of savings, both initially and over time. It eliminates desktop computer repairs, upgrades and maintenance, and also reduces future IT growth headcount. Additionally, it saves on storage space, while reducing a business’s overall electrical footprint by reducing computer and cooling power usage. A company that invests in the right virtualization solutions will also be able to eliminate a variety of software and licensing fees over time.
However, there are a variety of costs that have to be balanced with the savings. From initial server purchases to the VMWare software needed to successfully manage the VDI, a business has to be willing to invest in order to see results. These costs can rack up, between Cisco fees and internal resource expenditures for planning and deployment. The production benefits will often quickly make up for these costs, making a VDI solution pay for itself. This is where the need for analysis comes in, as a business must determine what it can get out of virtualization aside from gradual cost reductions, and see the savings and profits pile up.
Ultimately, comparing the costs with the savings and the benefits will lead most businesses to the same conclusion – virtualization is worth it. However, if there is a video solution in play or a company is considering implementing one, this adds another piece to the puzzle. The solution is to invest in a dedicated enterprise content delivery network (ECDN) and Kollective’s VDI integration.
With video content delivery handled on a separate, dedicated CDN and an integration solution in place, a business will be able to deliver streaming media outside of the VDI session, eliminating jitter and buffering issues and improving the overall experience for the end user. Ensuring high-quality video playback is essential to a successful enterprise webcasting solution, and there is no reason that a business can’t have both video and VDI.
By investing in Kollective’s enterprise video platform now, a company will be better prepared for any future network infrastructure changes – whether these involve the implementation of VDI or some other technology – and be able to future-proof the success of video playback.