Today many companies are moving towards the virtual desktop set-up in their business operations. There are many reasons why the hosted desktop is fast becoming the preferred choice, it saves money, offers improved efficiency and a convenient centralization of resources, and a degree of scalability that increases the potential of its use and capabilities.
The appearance of a computer’s desktop display is really what personalizes it and sets it apart from the others. Traditionally, this display can only be accessed by using the particular computer, but with virtual displays, there is the ability to access it through any other computer, tablet, or mobile device. This is because it is part of a larger entity that can be made available in more than one way.
The personalization associated with desktops is not lost in this type of environment. The main difference is that it is being accessed by way of the Internet, much in the same manner that a virtual server is logged onto. Each user’s personal files and applications are securely stored in another location that is hosted and managed remotely.
A virtual desktop ultimately saves companies money as they are not required to purchase and configure physical ones. They need only supply workers with the hardware alone, resulting in considerable savings. The price is generally a fixed amount paid by the month, and maintenance costs are also greatly reduced, resulting in even more money saved.
The other positive feature of computing in a virtual environment is that it can be easily accessed from any remote location and will not halt productivity in the event of an on-site IT failure. New employees can start working right away in this type of set-up as the service can be expanded upon the customer’s request, and the IT department will have less work, with these resources being managed by the service provider.
Another benefit is that it provides an extra level of security. In the event that a piece of hardware such as a laptop were to be stolen, it would be easy for someone else to gain access to private information and files, whereas with the virtual approach, the entire program can be shut down in a moment’s notice by the provider if the security is compromised. It is also simple for companies to make back-ups which are stored in a secure location, as a further measure against loss of data.
Virtual desktops are very easily duplicated with the performance of each one being equal to the next. This not only increases the overall efficiency of the system, but it also cuts down on capital expenditures, so it has a two-fold positive effect on the company’s performance and budget. Same way as another.
It also means fewer headaches for the systems administrator of a business, because it eliminates “server sprawl”, that being the scattering of unevenly used resources in such a way that it is hard to keep them running smoothly. In this case, all resources are centralized and also work compatibly with each other because each desktop is a “clone” of the others.