VDI vs RDS – Which solution is suitable for your business?

VDI vs RDS – Which solution is suitable for your business?

Remote working is gradually becoming a trend

In the era of digital transformation, geographical distance is gradually blurred thanks to the development of technology, and remote working is gradually becoming an indispensable trend for businesses. In particular, the re-emergence of the Covid-19 epidemic has pushed this trend higher than ever.

However, working remotely means that businesses need to accelerate the process of modernization and application of technology to ensure efficiency, increase productivity, and fulfill current needs and potential growth in the future. In particular, Remote Desktop Service (RDS) or virtualization of computer infrastructure (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure – VDI) are two emerging solutions that allow enterprises to launch online operations.

The article will provide information on the pros and cons of each solution so that businesses can choose the most suitable solution for them.

What is VDI?

Virtualization of computer infrastructure (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure – VDI) is a solution to run users’ desktops inside separate virtual machines (virtual machines – VMs), these virtual machines are run on a single server (host) through virtualization technology to divide resources for separate virtual machines (VMs with separate OS, CPU, RAM, Storage)

Advantages of VDI

– Flexible Resource Allocation: VDI provides the ability to adjust resources for different users based on their needs. Users working with graphic editing software (Designer) require more resources for the desktop than users running only basic web browsing and word processing applications (Officer).

– Segregation and group management of users: Users whose desktops are equipped with a VDI solution (virtual machines) can personalize, install applications or even configure its operating systems to serve their specific needs. In VDI, every user has access to an allocated VM running a separate OS, avoiding resource contention issues compared to RDS implementations.

– Application compatibility: VDI has no compatibility issues because each user is allocated a dedicated VM and runs a separate operating system.

– Enhanced user experience: User experience is often accelerated on a VDI solution when compared with an RDS because resources are segregated and tailored to each user. This provides a faster experience when using the system.

Disadvantages of VDI

– Requirements on management: Requires IT personnel to have in-depth knowledge to configure and administer the system. IT admin needs to manage and update many different OS versions. However, the major VDI service providers today all provide support services for management, configuration, and updates for users.

– Cost: The cost of implementing VDI includes hardware resources, VDI software license and Window operating system for end-users, so the cost will usually be higher than RDS.

What is RDS?

RDS – Remote Desktop Access Service, formerly known as Terminal Service, allows multiple users to connect remotely to a Virtual Machine or Operating System. When using RDS, all users log on to the same server interface. While some settings can be customized, the overall experience will be the same for all users. This means that resources will be shared among all users logged into the system.

Advantages of RDS

– Simplified infrastructure: RDS infrastructure is simple to set up as it has few components. Users using shared resources run on a shared OS.

– Low cost: RDS reduces the cost of licenses and hardware resources because end users are using resources on a virtualized system, so RDS deployment is less resource-intensive than investing in single hardware PC equipment for each user.

– Easy maintenance: RDS has few components and is built centrally, so the IT team will spend less time and effort in maintaining the RDS system than maintaining the user’s computer.

Disadvantages of RDS

– Limiting individual user needs: desktop personalization and customization, application installation is limited because all users access the same operating system and applications in computer sessions desktop.

– Resource contention: users sharing server hardware and software resources can lead to contention problems or low performance.

– Compatibility: some specialized applications are designed to run alone, not compatible with the RDS model.


An RDS solution would be suitable for a company with many users requiring the same application or the same amount of resources because RDS is simpler to implement and maintain than VDI. Multiple users sharing server resources reduces storage and overhead costs but easily leads to resource and application contention. VDI is a better option for deploying different user groups and distributing resources and applications to separate virtual desktops serving the different needs of each user group.

FPT Smart Cloud is currently providing FPT Cloud Desktop service. FPT Cloud Desktop is the name of the VDI service developed by FPT Smart Cloud on the basis of VMware technology to provide virtual desktop services for businesses on FPT Cloud infrastructure, helping to replace traditional computers. and offers a flexible working environment, increased security, data safety, easy deployment, and rapid expansion according to business needs.

What are the outstanding advantages of FPT Cloud Desktop?

  • Strictly follow the software copyright policy
  • High availability, ensuring rapid deployment
  • Cost savings with Pay-as-you-go policy
  • Ensure security with ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certificate, ISO/IEC 27017:2015
  • Special promotion policy for customers during the epidemic season.

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