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What is Hosted Desktop? The non-techie’s guide to small business IT

Discover how moving to a virtual hosted desktop provider can improve your business.

What is hosted desktop?

Virtual desktops are difficult to explain, but very simple to use.


Think of the PC desk at work:

  • It runs Windows and various applications.
  • You go on the road and your PC stays at work.
  • You cannot use the PC without being physically present in the office.


A hosted desktop also runs Windows and various other applications, BUT...

  • The computer exists in a remote datacentre.
  • You connect to the virtual desktop over the Internet.
  • You can access the virtual desktop using any computer or tablet from anywhere in the world.


What’s in it for me? – Offsite storage

Relying on virtual hosted desktop providers for PC-based computing:

  • Improves data security – desktop sessions and data are stored in high security datacenters.
  • Improves data resilience – When stored offsite, your business is less likely to be affected by local disasters and associated outages.
  • Improves data availability – Enterprise-grade server systems are more fault tolerant than your own systems, reducing the risk of server crashes and lost productivity.

35% of US companies indicated that they had benefited from higher levels of security since shifting to the cloud. –Some SMBs Adopting Cloud for Security Benefits - IT Pro Portal.


What’s in it for me? – Remote access

Virtual hosted desktop providers can boost your productivity by:

  • Making your desktop session available even when you are out of the office.
  • Helping you use your desktop from any device – including tablets and smartphones.
  • Allowing you to get up and running quickly if your office is ever out of action.
  • Removing any need to reconfigure your current network security to facilitate remote access.

60% of businesses believe they have a user case for remote desktop access


What’s in it for me? – Reduced costs

By moving your PCs to virtual hosted desktop providers you can slash costs through:

  • A reduction in the number of physical PCs you need to buy.
  • Lengthening the upgrade cycle, thereby helping to spread capital investment over more years.
  • Reducing IT support demands for desktop PC support – the provider is responsible for keeping the machines running.
  • Providing an effective route to Bring Your Own Device, which is a new government policy allowing staff to bring their own devices to work.

Organisations that have fully or largely migrated to the cloud save, on average, more than 15% in IT spending as a percentage of revenue. Savings come not only from a reduction in data center spending, but also from lower IT personnel costs. –The Economic and Strategic Benefits of Cloud Computing – Computer Economics.


So what do virtual hosted desktop providers offer you?

  • Improved data security and availability.
  • Any time, any place, any device access to data.
  • A way to reduce IT operations costs. 

Find out more about how you can save 15% on IT spending by downloading your free eGuide: The non-techie’s ultimate guide to Hosted Desktop.

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