Also known as Desktop Virtualization or Virtual Desktop Infrastructure. The running of desktops and applications on centrally hosted server- or cloud-based virtual machines (VMs). VDI allows businesses to consolidate and centralize desktops, thus cutting costs and simplifying management of those desktops. VDI also allows users to access virtual desktops and applications anywhere, anytime, from any device. This term was coined by VMware, a Dell Technologies subsidiary that provides cloud computing and platform virtualization software and services.