ViewSonic’s Versatile VDI Makes Enterprise-Grade Computing Available to SMBs, Helping Them Securely Connect & Collaborate

TL; DR: Having recently celebrated its 30-year anniversary, ViewSonic is now drawing on its rich history of manufacturing monitors, projectors, and digital display units to bring organizations powerful virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solutions. ViewSonic’s VDI offers enterprise-grade cloud computing functionality at price points accessible to businesses of any size. The company’s zero- and thin-client executions operate at outstanding performance levels and provide the security organizations need to safeguard sensitive data. With ViewSonic’s intuitive multiplatform VDI software, admins with little IT experience can configure, deploy, and manage virtual desktops with a few clicks of a mouse. It’s an all-in-one solution to deliver multiple workstations from the cloud, and the organizations employing ViewSonic’s VDI are working smarter and saving thousands of dollars on infrastructure costs.

Cloud computing and virtualization have become buzzwords among many modern organizations — and for good reason. Going to the cloud often results in cost savings, giving administrators the ability to deliver applications and workstations without large infrastructure investments.

The Brush County School District, located 75 miles northeast of Denver, realized it could boost efficiencies and save valuable funds in its education budget by deploying virtual desktops throughout its computer labs. Since the district serves upward of 1,500 students across four schools, it needed a robust virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solution capable of handling multiple users simultaneously.

After deploying an entry-level VDI, the district’s IT team quickly found its zero client wasn’t powerful enough to handle web-based applications after a number of students had logged in. That’s when the team turned to ViewSonic and its discrete zero clients.

ViewSonic’s Al Giazzon told us how the company’s VDI solutions are helping organizations save money.

“We tried a number of zero clients, and not only did ViewSonic work the best, it was far less expensive,” said Scott Trautwein, Brush School District’s Director of Technology. “At about $100 less each, with the quantity we were buying, we saved more than $10,000.”

Because of the VDI’s quick time of deployment and its ability to seamlessly deliver high-performing applications over multiple workstations, thousands of organizations, like Brush County School District, are turning to ViewSonic so they can work smarter and save money.

“The most important element we bring is quick uptime for specific applications and purposes to mirror a corporate office zero- or thin-client solution,” said Al Giazzon, ViewSonic’s Vice President of Marketing.

According to Al, ViewSonic’s VDI is so popular because it’s ready to go right out of the box, making it simple to deploy, configure, and manage workstations from the cloud, even if you have little to no IT experience.

ViewSonic Turns 30: Celebrating a Rich History of Innovation in Tech

For three decades, ViewSonic has provided visual solutions to its customers around the globe. In the 1990s, ViewSonic became one of the top-rated CRT monitor manufacturers, competing with Panasonic and Sony. In the early 2000s, ViewSonic partnered up with AT&T to sell integrated web-compatible LCD devices.

The following decade and a half saw an expansion in the LCD monitor range, as well as the launch of the ViewPad line of tablets.

“ViewSonic has a portfolio of professional-level products that enhance the way users compute, collaborate, communicate, and connect,” Al said.

Once exclusively involved in physical technology, ViewSonic now provides budget-friendly virtual solutions to businesses and organizations of varying sizes.

“We have lived on the desktop of companies for more than 30 years,” Al said. “First as a CRT monitor brand and then evolving to a host of VDI-integrated displays used in classrooms.”

Because so many of ViewSonic’s products are visually based, they’re perfect for the education space, making teaching and test-taking much easier for both the teacher and student.

But ViewSonic’s solutions don’t end at education. Numerous businesses, from large enterprise-level companies to mid-market SMBs, have employed the company’s VDI to positively impact bottom lines and maximize operational efficiency.

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Within Reach of Any Business’s Budget

One of the main reasons organizations turn to ViewSonic’s VDI solutions is because they can fit into virtually any budget range. Just as the Brush County School District learned, many organizations have found ViewSonic’s products to be much cheaper and more effective from a performance standpoint than the competition.

ViewSonic offers zero and thin clients, as well as smart displays and other forms of value-price VDI — all easy enough to implement without hiring an IT professional. With cheap, secure, and simplified VDI management, ViewSonic is a proven leader in the desktop virtualization market.

Zero- and Thin-Client Executions Offer High Performance & Maximum Security

Al told us he sees trends moving to VDI for a number of reasons, including centralized control and scalability. But security is often at the top of the list.

“We see security concerns and privacy issues driving many companies to shift many departments to a thin- or zero-client ecosystem,” he said.

Thin-client setups refer to systems wherein desktops are hosted in the datacenter, with the client serving as a terminal to the backend server. Thin clients usually have their own native OS and are meant to create simple virtual environments.

Zero (or ultrathin) clients have nothing stored on them, and therefore have quicker deployment times. These clients typically run on VDI protocols and sacrifice some capabilities for the sake of higher performance levels.

ViewSonic’s zero and thin clients allow for greater security and performance because they provide an extra layer of protection from user-side risks. End users lack direct access to the endpoint operating system, thereby reducing the risk of accidental file deletion and blocking potentially infected software from installation.

Multiplatform Software & Intuitive Interface Simplify Management

By offering simplified deployment and configuration, ViewSonic enables companies to save even more by eliminating the need for expensive professional installations. Using smart displays, workstations can be configured with a few finger strokes and no extra equipment.

With budget VDI products, the power of a single PC can be shared across multiple users operating on multiple platforms. Together, these technologies are commonly used in kiosks and other touch-responsive machinery.

A simple browser-based control center allows anyone — IT professional or not — to drag and drop configuration options, such as operating systems, which can even be chosen by users at startup. ViewSonic’s value VDI line is ENERGY STAR certified and saves on power consumption, making it a smart choice for any business budget.

An All-in-One Solution Enables Quick Deployment Right Out of the Box

ViewSonic’s all-in-one package is a great way to cut costs without sacrificing power and functionality. One of ViewSonic’s greatest advantages is its line of combined VDI/equipment systems that make deployment extremely easy.

ViewSonic’s VDI is ready to go right out of the box and can easily be managed by admins with little IT experience.

With everything in one place, users typically have no need for peripheral equipment. Furthermore, the use of value-added resellers means ViewSonic’s virtual products are sold as complete turnkey solutions for businesses.

“Our VDI solutions are always sold by VARs,” Al said. “They ensure that products are always available within a 24-hour period and can be deployed quickly and effectively.”

Up Next: A More Tightly Integrated VDI with Optimal Uptime & Support

Since the late 1980s, ViewSonic has changed the way users connect to the desktop — whether this was achieved through a simple CRT monitor or a fully-functional guest OS running behind a touchscreen. Al told us the company doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. It’s innovations in the VDI space are sure to continue to save organizations, like Brush County School District, thousands of dollars.

“All the external challenges and internal efficiencies play a critical role in keeping our roadmaps in tune with the market,” he said. “Macro issues like security will always play a role in determining where we focus our innovations, but day-to-day input from customers through our direct customer service team also drives innovations.”

With a combination of new and old staff, ViewSonic’s sales and marketing team strikes a balance between continuity and new ideas. Since VDI is such an integral part of ViewSonic’s current offerings, Al predicts an even more tightly integrated solution in the near future — complete with quicker uptime and better support.

“Our team helps keep the company rooted and focused,” Al said. “And we’re always striving to enhance our value proposition to our channel and end-user markets.”

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Sean Garrity

Sean Garrity is a Contributing Editor at HostingAdvice with more than 10 years of experience researching, writing, and editing for numerous industry-specific publications. His goal is to help inform stakeholders about the latest trends and technologies in the hosting industry. When he isn’t wrapped up reading about the latest high-tech solution for hosters, you can find Sean connecting with experts to better understand and present topics that are of interest to the hosting community.