HOSTING Answers Your Top Three Questions Regarding Cloud Desktops

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Fast on the heels of the cloud computing trend is the buzz around cloud desktop services (CDS). Companies ranging from online educational institutions to global healthcare organizations are turning to CDS as a means of maintaining secure, flexible environments while lowering their IT investments. If your organization wants to migrate its operations to a secure, reliable cloud desktop architecture, keep reading. Following are answers to your top three questions regarding cloud desktops.

So what are cloud desktop services anyway?

It’s simple – CDS is a system which allows people within an organization to connect to and use a specific computer from a remote location as if they were actually sitting in front of it at the time. For example, let’s say your creative director is a die-hard Mac user who gets her best ideas at 3:00 a.m. in the morning. But your by-the-books, PC-loving accounts payable manager insists that all expense reports be submitted to the company’s online system by 8:00 a.m. – no exceptions. No worries – your creative director can use her own computer to log into the system and safely submit her expense report from home during the pre-dawn hours.

How secure are cloud desktops?

Since all of your organization’s business-critical data and applications are held in a secure, off-site data center, the risk of theft or loss is virtually zero. End-user desktops are accessed via a low-cost client device, traditional PC or laptop. So you can rest assured that even if your CFO accidentally downloads a virus, leaves her laptop at her neighborhood coffee shop or spills Diet Coke on it, your organization’s operations will continue to run at peak performance.

Will cloud desktops work with my company’s BYOD policy?

Our creative director is adamant about having “creative license” to work anywhere at any time (because she never knows when she’ll be inspired). And with cloud desktops, she can. The great thing about cloud desktops is that employees can work literally anywhere they want, using their own devices. The only thing they need is a computer with a secure internet and network connections.

Will cloud desktops help save money?

Absolutely. Leveraging a cloud desktop can reduce the need for investing in multiple copies of the same business software package because it can be used via a single machine (this also helps IT keep track of software licenses and renewals more easily). Since employees have secure, remote access to a central data center, cloud desktops can also help reduce the incidence of cloud sprawl. In addition, the computers used to access the host computer do not necessarily have to be high-performance machines with equally high prices. Finally, cloud desktops can reduce the need for geographically dispersed teams to meet face-to-face. Teams can connect virtually and collaborate more efficiently while saving on travel downtime and expenses. Want to learn more? Don’t miss our webinar, Cut the Cord: Leveraging Cloud Desktops in Healthcare IT , on Thursday, August 21st, at 3:00 p.m. Eastern time.

2 Comments

  1. This is a good article however, it fails to mention two important factors that people need to consider prior to using CDS.

    1. You should have a good connection from your on-premise location in order for CDS to work correctly, if you don’t have at least 5Mbps up and 5Mbps down you are going to experience lag between the data center and your location.

    2. Back end storage is very important when running a CDS solution., When end users log into their virtual machines in the morning this causes a wave of IOPS that the storage solution must accommodate. If the back end SAN is not fast enough users will experience lag and go back to using application on their local machines.

    If the two matters stated above are addressed CDS is an excellent solution especially for business with a large outside sales force.

    • Thanks for the feedback, Mike! We appreciate your adding your technical insights to the questions we covered regarding the business value associated with cloud desktops. HOSTING has more than 200 cloud and technical experts on staff who work directly with organizations to address their specific technical requirements as well!

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