What is a cloud desktop, and why do I need one? You may ask. Simply put, a cloud desktop is a web grounded desktop which you can access from any suitable device connected to the internet. You may think of it as an entire computer inside a virtual “cloud”, one which can be accessed from anywhere in the world, on whichever system you are using by simply logging into the cloud. It is usually within a larger cloud-computing sphere, and is normally delivered using a combination of technologies such as remote connection software, thus making your computer, content and applications available to whoever may need it regardless of their geographical location.
What Benefits Do I Reap By Owning a Cloud Desktop?
The Option of Working Remotely
Being a cloud computing solution which allows you access your desktop files remotely and work on a range of devices, wherever they may be, the benefits of switching from a desktop PC to a cloud desktop are limitless. The first benefit obviously is the flexibility that comes from being able to access a range of services and apps via a smartphone or any other device from wherever you may be in the world. The great news is that workplaces can now be virtualized, allowing employees access their office desktop via the internet, making collaborative working across vast distances possible and improving productivity. Furthermore, it requires no syncing, as a cloud desktop can be accessed from any device.
Another significant benefit of switching to cloud computing is the fact that you do not need to purchase new PCs and servers, or even pay for software license upgrades. There is no costly hardware to maintain, and by switching from a CapEx to an OpEx model, you save costs by eliminating upfront expenses for hardware, equipment, maintenance, storage and extra personnel. Many cloud providers also often offer a pay-as-you-go model, which allows you pay for only what you use (something like an electricity bill).
The cloud also functions as an amazing contingency safe net. A recent study revealed that 90% of businesses would fail within 5 working days after a disaster, unless they were able to continue conducting business in the usual manner. A cloud desktop reduces this risk of failure by more than half due to its centralized backup of files. Therefore, in the case of an emergency where one data center goes down, another device can pick up where the failed one left off and continue running normally, allowing the business a seamless recovery after a disaster that would otherwise have sunk it.
Safety and Security
Utilizing a cloud desktop is guaranty of a safe, secure log-on. It has the ability to limit a user’s access to particular files, folders and applications, giving managers absolute control over data security. Employees are given a secure remote access, and because the data and desktop are stored elsewhere, an incident whereby an employee loses his/her device cannot lead to a security breach of confidential company documents. It also offers easy and secure file transfer from and to your cloud desktop.
Flexibility and Scalability
A cloud computing system also provides businesses with the flexibility and scalability the need to grow and collaborate, at a pace that I s best suited for them.
The Final Hypothesis…
With a recent hike in the number of businesses which are moving critical applications from physical, personal computers to the virtual environment, it is perhaps time to start making a definite plan to make the move yourself (if you haven’t done so already), as 57% out of 76% of IT bigwigs surveyed indicated a preference for cloud based productivity applications.