Cloud desktops have changed the way information technology works. From servers to data storage systems, all your virtual information can now be stored on the cloud. You can also lift the desktop off your computer and put it on the cloud. When you host your desktop on the cloud, you can access the same desktop from any Internet enabled device from anywhere in the world. In other words, the desktop of your personal computer is not limited to a specific machine.
How does it work?
A cloud desktop runs in the cloud. When you use the keyboard, the keystrokes are transmitted to the cloud and the respective images are transmitted back to the screen of the device you are working on.
However, since all these processes happen very quickly, you do not notice any difference in your experience when you work on a hosted desktop when compared to working on a device specific desktop.
Additionally, when you host your desktop on the cloud, you can access it through any Internet enabled device, be it a laptop, smart phone, tablet or a notebook.
Do cloud desktops work on slow Internet connections?
The beauty of hosted desktops is that their performance is not completely subject to the speed of your Internet connection. The reason is that only images, and not the bytes of data represented in those images, are transmitted through the network and to the screen of your device.
For example, if you are working on a word file of 100 kilobytes, the hosted desktop system does not transmit all those bytes. It clicks a sort of screenshot or a static view of the file and transmits only the image which is much lower than 100 kilobytes in size.
Since large amounts of data are not being transmitted, a moderately fast connection also works adequately. If you have a 3G phone or tab, you can very conveniently use it to access your hosted desktop.
Is it safe?
Security risks are almost nonexistent because the system does not transmit the actual data. So, hackers cannot hack into the information when the transmission takes place. Desktops hosted on the cloud are very safe.
Hosted desktops have become popular these days because they enable a common delivery infrastructure for all the people involved in a project. Hence, they support team work. Additionally, they are very useful in disaster recovery, scaling per your requirements and cost control.