Also known as VDI or Desktop Virtualization. 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 desktop management. In addition, VDI 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.