Virtual Desktop Vs Physical Desktop
If you are contemplating moving to a virtual desktop, but are unsure about leaving traditional IT infrastructure, you will be pleased to know that using a hosted desktop feel exactly like logging onto your normal PC or laptop, in fact with hosted desktop it can actually be faster and is a solution tailored to your exact needs.
Hosted desktops look and feel just like the Windows desktops you are used to, but the back end system is vastly different. The convenience, security and access you will enjoy is revolutionary and will change the way you and your employees work forever. The classic Windows experience is the same, there is no reduction in functionality and no compromises to be made.
Our hosted desktop is a virtual Windows desktop. It’s run from our servers located in a UK ISO 27001 accredited data-centre, meaning that you no longer need a server on-site at your premises.
Hosted desktops have the same user interface as physical desktops. Most use a familiar Windows interface, so when you log in you have the same start menu, background and icons as you have when you normally turn your computer on. Additionally, they also run the same applications, allowing you to get your work done in the same way as you always have done.
The key difference is that you don’t have to just use your PC. You can use any internet enabled device, even a Mac OS device.
Access When you Need it, Where you Need it
The way we work is changing. Employees are typically working longer hours and now want the flexibility to work hours that suit them, with the addition of being to work from home becoming a popular choice for many professions. Staff no longer need to be tethered to a desk in a centralised office. Introducing this new method of working can be challenging for businesses. How do you keep data safe if it’s not always on-site? How do you make the reality of switching between locations and devices workable?
Cloud-hosted desktop means that everything’s stored centrally in a data centre, without the need for everyone to be office based to access data and work on their projects. A hosted desktop is accessible from anywhere, providing the user’s device can access an internet connection, be it through Wi-Fi, 3G or 4G. Because you are running your virtual data from a data centre, none of your data is stored on the local device, meaning that if it gets misplaced your data is not compromised. As your hosted desktop is powered by the hardware at the data centre and not the local device you might be using, you will still experience quick and efficient load speeds and working times, even if using a tired or old laptop or PC.
Access your Business Critical Applications
One of the biggest worries new customers have is that they will lose access to their business-critical applications. However, with a hosted desktop, all your applications are available just as they always were. We look after the licensing and updates for you at server level, which traditionally can be incredibly time consuming. using a hosted desktop removes this headache when software requires an update or renewal.
We install all Microsoft Office applications as standard including: Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook ready for you to use. Additionally, your virtual desktop is managed and maintained by us, meaning that you don’t need to employ as many in-house IT professionals to manage the systems. We take care of all of this for you!
Hosted Desktops are Scalable
It is essential to take into consideration company growth when considering the purchase of a on-premise server. In the age of big data where each employee’s requirements are ever expanding you may very quickly outgrow your solution as your business grows and need a completely new server. Future upgrades for a dedicated on-premise server should be accounted for when looking at a solution and weighing up your options. It is worth noting that it is almost impossible to do a server upgrade on an internal server without incurring downtime, so this work must be completed out-of-hours, which can add a premium to the price you pay for this service on top of having to invest in the hardware itself.
In contrast, a hosted desktop is fully scalable. The data-centre has infinite capacity, so you can add users and increase storage as you require it. There is no downtime for performing resource upgrades with more RAM, central processing unit (CPU) power, disk space etc.
Still not convinced? Give our Hosted Desktop a go with our 30-day free trial. We’ll be able to show you how easy it is to use and you can experience the benefits.
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