So, you want to know about virtual desktops, huh? Maybe someone in your company mentioned the term and you did a little Googling. But now you’re stuck in a vortex of tech jargon and you’re not quite sure what a virtual desktop is or what benefits it can offer your business. Have no fear! We’re here to give you the lowdown on virtual desktops and how they can help save your company time and money.
Desktop as a Service (DaaS) solutions are becoming increasingly popular in recent years. They provide greater flexibility and security than traditional desktop computing models in today’s hybrid and remote workforce.
The DaaS market is forecasted by Gartner to grow 253% in just three years from 2021 to 2024. It’s also said that 80% of virtual desktops will be used by remote workers.
So, what is it that’s causing the rise of the virtual desktop? As we’ve been forced in into remote work, on-premise proves harder to scale and provide the flexibility we need. Cloud-based platforms such as virtual desktops empower our businesses to be nimble as jack, allowing us to pivot and scale at speed, not to mention cost savings.
Now let’s get into it.
What are Virtual Desktops?
Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is a technology that allows users to access a virtual desktop. That is, a desktop environment that exists only on a remote server—from any device with an internet connection.
With VDI, businesses can deploy multiple virtual desktops on a single server, reducing the need for expensive hardware. It also makes it easier to scale up or down as needed. Today, these servers are hosted in the cloud, allowing for faster to deployment and easier to stand up when needed.
Additionally, virtual desktops allow for pre-configured desktops that can be quickly deployed to new users, streamlining the onboarding process for new employees.
The best part about this is the bouncer you get at the door, checking your ID. Because it is centrally managed and deployed, it comes with all the security features that are offered, such as data encryption and user authentication. This protects corporate data from being accessed by unauthorized users.
Benefits of Virtual Desktops for Businesses
There are several key benefits that virtual desktops can offer and the few things mentioned above are just the tip of the iceberg. Here are 5 benefits that can help you and your business.
Improved flexibility and scalability
With VDI, businesses can deploy as many or as few virtual desktops as they need without having to purchase additional hardware. You can simply BYOD and away you go! Additionally, you can easily scale up fast for more users in the future by spinning up new desktops within minutes. As a result, you’re able strategically and tactically scale and grow as you see fit.
Your business can potentially save money on hardware costs and server management costs that may be running 24/7 by consolidating desktop computing infrastructure onto a cloud infrastructure. As a result, this means no more purchasing devices for each user. No need for an internal team to manage and maintain servers and other associated overheads.
Additionally, having the right managed IT partner with this expertise, makes it easy to deploy and maintain virtual desktops, which reduces the need for expensive IT support staff to manage the ins and outs, ensuring the virtual desktops are set up and shut down properly and at the right times of use.
Virtual desktops provide businesses with robust security features that protect corporate data from being accessed by unauthorized users. With organizations like Microsoft, you know that you’re backed by a trusted brand. Couple this with an MSP, you’ll be right as rain adding the security measures you need to ensure your data is protected.
The best part of it all is that you can use a virtual desktop anywhere, anytime, and on any device. No matter where you are on the planet, virtual desktop solutions provide your employees and your business with the mobility that remote workers need. This means that anyone can still be productive with the grunt of a fully-fledge desktop, right from their own device.
There is nothing better than having native apps to get the job done rather than a browser version. This means that with a virtual desktop, you essentially have a fully-fledge desktop at your fingertips, with no fear of compromising productivity. Your data is all up to date, synced to your organisation, with all natives apps to get the job done.
Deploy virtual desktop services with a trusted IT service provider
As you can see, virtual desktops offer a number of advantages over traditional desktop computing models. If you’re interested in learning more about how your business can take advantage of this technology, we recommend speaking to one of our experts. They’ll be able to walk you through the details and help you find the best solution for your needs.