**Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) is an emerging service and is anticipated to be available to our mission partners beginning September 1, 2017. **
DISA Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) is part of the family of DISA cloud-services. VDI enables the delivery of virtual desktops and provides desktop/data resiliency and recovery capabilities to end users. VDI is offered to DISA mission partners as an enterprise service, with the option to add multiple “premium” services: operating system virtualization, application virtualization, and profile management. VDI features an integrated suite of capabilities designed to meet the needs of a modern desktop workstation - agile, flexible, and secure – a platform that reduces the cycle time to deploy new capabilities to end users, optimizes workstation administration, and reduces the network vulnerability footprint and attack surface, while aligning with DOD initiatives.
The benefits of a VDI platform can be found across all aspects of desktop administration. Users have a consistent desktop experience that is accessible from anywhere with a NIPRNet connection. Desktop administrators are able to rapidly install, update/patch, and monitor their community of users with a granular layer of visibility. Security managers benefit from the user data being stored in a secure DOD data center, rather than on an individual’s workstation. Finally, organizational leadership benefits from VDI’s ability to rapidly onboard new personnel, expand and adapt to changing requirements, and realize cost efficiencies in software utilization.
At its core, VDI leverages a combination of mature, market leading, commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) and government-developed technologies to deliver a service tailored to the needs of the DOD community. VDI is built on a standardized, modular infrastructure, and is provisioned for mission partner management.
To meet the needs of DISA mission partners, VDI offers a set of services that includes a virtualized desktop operating system (Windows 10 Secure Host Baseline), profile management (including roaming/multi-site profiles and user-type profiles), and application virtualization. These services provide accelerated turn-key VDI for DISA mission partners. VDI leverages DISA’s core competencies in data center administration, system administration, security administration, and operational support (service desk). VDI is delivered through a standard set of support services that includes the basic labor, hardware, and software required to manage a VDI.
VDI as a Service Offering
Mission partners can subscribe to VDI and select the services as required. During the subscription period, mission partners can access desktops and hosted applications at any time up to the full capacity acquired through the VDI subscription. For example, a mission partner who purchased 500 standard service desktops can access between 1 and 500 standard desktops at any time.
Desktop and Storage configuration
VDI offers four (4) desktop configurations to meet the needs of the end user
vCPU / RAM
Task|| 1 / 4|| Task users perform repetitive tasks within a small set of applications that are not CPU and memory-intensive.|
|Knowledge|| 2 / 6|| Knowledge users perform tasks with more resource-intensive applications. Knowledge users consume more resources compared to task users.|
|Power|| 4 / 12|| Power users routinely consume resource-intensive applications, requiring more CPU and memory resources compared to task and knowledge users.|
|Graphic|| 4 / 12|| Graphics users perform tasks using graphics-intensive applications and/or require substantial 3D graphics performance. Graphics cards are leveraged to meet Graphics Device Interface (GDI) object requirements.|
All desktops, regardless of type, include 20 GB of usable/personal storage. Additional storage can be purchased in per/GB increments based on mission partner-defined groupings of desktops.