Five ways desktop virtualization will transform your business.

By Megan Bair | CTRL Cloud Partner

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Five ways desktop virtualization will transform your business.
Today, with the rise of security threats, increasing costs of managing a business, and the desire for remote work, organizations realize that traditional Desktop Computing is Expensive, Inefficient and are choosing to virtualize their organization in the cloud...

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Today, with the rise of security threats, increasing costs of managing a business, and the desire for remote work, organizations realize that traditional Desktop Computing is Expensive, Inefficient and are choosing to virtualize their organization in the cloud.

Fifty-six percent of CIOs in Gartner’s CIO survey indicate they are adopting cloud as either an option or as part of a “cloud first” approach, while 71% look to SaaS either first or as an option.

 

“Cloud Services Will Establish the Foundation for Next-Generation Solutions.”

– Gartner

 

Virtualization affects every aspect of IT and business, so organizations need a high-level overview strategy and decision process to manage its impacts.

If you are new to the idea of virtualization or have already begun your journey, this blog post provides the essential 101 on why businesses large and small are choosing to Virtualize their Desktops.

 

Why Virtualize?

1. It’s Easy to Use – If you can open an internet browser, you can log on to a Hosted Virtual Desktop. Connect to a stable Internet connection; enter your login credentials, then and you are ready to go.

 

2. Increased Productivity – With Hosted Virtual Desktops, everything runs in the same environment – in one place, so it’s easy to manage and access. With everything in one environment, it’s easier for IT administrators to make upgrades and patches then replicate this image out to the company, instead of having to patch scores of individual machines.

Moreover, if users are facing hardware trouble on their usual machine, they can go to another one and access their data and applications by merely logging in and having their policy-based Apps and rules pushed to them.

 

3. Support Mobility for Remote Work – The need for remote access has dramatically increased with the rise in mobile work and virtual employees. Regardless of a user’s location, data and applications are accessible via their hosted virtual desktop from anywhere.

The speed of deployment and ease of remote maintenance make hosted virtual desktops an ideal solution for companies with remote offices or teams. The required bandwidth is minimal – so minimal you can easily connect using your mobile phone as a hot spot as well as over high latency networks.

With HVDs, you can now support bring-your-own-device Initiatives. Users are free to connect with any device. No need to continually purchase new hardware – employees can safely and securely use their preferred devices.

 

4. Reduce Your Operational Expenses – With Hosted Virtual Desktops, your significant capital investments in technology are eliminated. No more keeping pace with the escalating costs of repeated cycles of software and hardware upgrades, downloads and replacements. The result? A savings of 30-60% in operating expenses.

With an increase in productivity, a natural decrease in operational expenses can happen. Administrators aren’t making desktop support visits. Moreover, with no infrastructure to manage or support, you can focus on business development and innovation. Then, your employees won’t have to contend with frustrating downtime in installing upgrades and transferring data to new devices.

Establish green initiatives by resuscitating and re-purposing old computers. You can extend their life by converting the devices to thin clients. Alternatively, when an old thin client gives out, you can replace them with low-cost thin client appliances.

 

5. Increased Security – Desktop security is arguably the most significant benefits of implementing a virtual desktop infrastructure.
Cybercrimes often take place at the edge of the network. That is why HVDs are an excellent security option. All of the user data and applications remain in the cloud, rather than on susceptible end-user devices.

The cloud can enhance an organization’s ability to control its computing environment and the privacy of sensitive data by creating standard desktop images in the cloud and delivering a consistent desktop environment on any device.

HVDs make it possible to manage and protect applications, data, and content centrally in the cloud data center, no matter which device an employee may use. The data center infrastructure offers built-in security capabilities which make HVD security easier to manage.

In the cloud, you can apply any appropriate security safeguards, such as encryption, anti-malware protection, data loss prevention, and access permissions, as needed across all of your solutions and devices.

 

What’s holding most companies back from success in the cloud?

Cost & Time

You may be under the assumption that switching to a virtual desktop solution is complicated and costly. However, that is because the big brands of cloud virtualization provide the drop and go method of cloud delivery. And organizations like yours end up wasting extensive amounts of time on research, employee productivity, migration, and paying third-party sellers to make it happen. More importantly, if you are lacking a high-level cloud computing strategy, you risk failure and wasted investments.

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