VDI is your next play for Desktop Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity

September 9th, 2019

Reading Time: 7 Minutes

Chances are your business will encounter an IT disaster.

Zetta contends 54% of companies reported a downtime event that lasted more than 1 business day in the last 5 years.

Downtime can be anything from a power outage to a malicious link or even a natural disaster and its costs can be astronomical. Gartner estimates average hourly costs well into the thousands or even hundred-thousands of dollars for businesses in the mid-size space.

Looking back at Zetta’s 2016 State of Disaster Recovery Report, 40% of organizations still don’t utilize a documented plan for disaster recovery. And among businesses that do have a disaster recovery (DR) strategy, most account for infrastructure but don’t address employees who need to continue working in order to keep the business productive. In those cases, the organization’s data is safe but employees can’t do what they need to be productive.

If you’ve looked at physical desktop disaster recovery solutions, you know they are pricey and not easy to implement. While many Enterprise organizations have made an investment in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, many mid-size and SMB’s have not been able to rationalize the jump to virtual work stations to take advantage of the work station disaster recovery benefits.

Organizations today need a robust solution that establishes both workspace and infrastructure recovery and empowers business continuity for the end-user. Virtual Systems Horizon DaaS delivers cloud-hosted desktops and applications for a full Horizon Desktop Infrastructure experience in an entirely OpEx model that eliminates capital outlay and empowers businesses to own a robust desktop DR plan in an easy-to-deploy, cost-efficient consumption model.

Need Reasons? Here are four to include VDI-as-a-Service as a part of your overall DR strategy.

1. Easy to Implement

Be honest, the main reason many organizations (yours included?) don’t have a comprehensive DR strategy is because Disaster Recovery is complex and budget intensive.

Virtual Systems Horizon DaaS provides an easy way to level up your desktop DR. No need to train specialists and no need to reinvest in on-premises infrastructure or physical devices. VDI-as-a-Service empowers immediate capacity scaling in the event of a disaster. You can save desktop images for emergency deployment or run all your users in Horizon VDI and operate 24×7 knowing your employees have their workstations wherever they are.

Watch this clip: Listen to why Enterprise IT leaders love Horizon VDI and reimagine End-User Computing for your business

2. VDI-as-a-Service is cost-efficient

Physical desktop DR and on-prem virtual desktop infrastructure demand large investments in infrastructure and hardware that you rarely use. The rare nature of Disaster Events coupled with the critical importance of protecting against them combine for the requirement of Infrastructure on-demand.

With full-cloud or hybrid-cloud Desktop Infrastructure, you can maintain a minimum number of virtual desktops and purchase additional cloud infrastructure when appropriate, ensuring robust disaster recovery in a cost-efficient pricing model.

[Take a look at an example deployment architecture: Read more about Horizon Architecture options and an example deployment here]

3. Outstanding Reliability

The trend over the past several years has moved from , “We should implement DR” to “We should test our DR…”. But still, many organizations test once a year or less. And among all DR strategies, the cloud is recognized for reliability.

90% of IT pros are confident in cloud-based DR solutions, according to a Zetta survey.

Virtual Systems’ Horizon DaaS even provides a “5-9 Uptime Guarantee” with a 99.99999% guaranteed service level, ensuring that your employees cloud workstations are available even if your office is not.

4. Geographic Diversity

For many companies, true disaster recovery at all endpoints means a geographically diverse solution with no single point of failure. Horizon DaaS from Virtual Systems allows an organization to utilize their on-prem environment and multiple Virtual Systems data center locations to create one robust disaster recovery solution that ensures every employee will have access to their application stack no matter where they are.


IT teams across the country are looking to bulk up their DR strategy. As you evaluate your current plan, consider cloud-hosted virtual desktops and applications as part of your strategy. You can learn more about Virtual System’ Horizon DaaS at this link or by following VMWare’s EUC blog.

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