Hosted desktops and virtual offices have arrived, offering businesses not only cost savings and the flexibility to up size (or downsize) virtually at will, but also the benefit of decreasing their carbon footprints.
You have probably heard a lot about cloud computing, virtual offices and hosted desktops lately. But what are the real world benefits of hosted desktops and virtual offices for those brick and mortar business that do not want to invest in keeping up with the latest trends in IT or computing?
What is the benefit for companies that are firmly rooted in 20th Century business practices?
In fact, hosted desktops are specifically designed with these companies in mind. Here’s why:
Hosted Desktop Offices Do NOT Require On-site Tech Support
One of the real drawbacks that many companies face when they attempt to upgrade their systems are the cost requirements of developing their own tech support department. This is especially difficult for companies which are not integrally involved in the tech field since it is hard to judge which tech skills they should look for in their tech support team.
With hosted desktops, however, the tech support is provided remotely. The company only needs to maintain the physical desktops and their connectivity and the company does not have to hire tech support specialists or maintain servers. All data is hosted remotely in sites maintained by the hosted desktop provider.
Hosted Desktop Solutions Offer a Significant Savings Over Traditional In-House Servers
Because the company does not have to make the initial investment in buying servers or the continued investment in their maintenance, the company benefits from a huge continued savings. They do not need to worry about repair costs, tech hiring costs or security—all of this is handled by the Hosted Desktop provider which, unlike the company, is centrally focused on these technological issues.
Hosted Desktop Offices are Also Green Offices: This also means that when a company chooses hosted desktop solutions they are also reducing their carbon foot print, “sharing” servers and avoiding the increased energy costs of running on site servers of their own.
Many companies, of course, worry about possibility of data loss with cloud computing. In fact, however, data loss is less likely to occur with a hosted desktop provider. Why? Because any responsible desktop provider will back-up all data not only at a central server locale, but also on a secondary server at a separate location. This means that in case of a natural disaster or other disruptive event, data will be preserved at a second site—a luxury most companies are not able to provide in a cost effective manner.
Hosted Desktop Offices are Also More Efficient and Flexible
One of the most beneficial aspects of hosted desktop technologies comes in increased productivity. Because employees are no longer tied to their desks, they are able to access data remotely from client job sites or from home, making it more efficient to conduct business and easier to find and retain employees outside of limited geographical boundaries.
The security is also enhanced since employees have no need to download sensitive business documents onto their individual laptops so that when laptops are stolen or lost companies need not worry about sensitive data falling into the wrong hands.
Scalability also becomes much easier for companies since they can simply upgrade to packages with higher storage capacities, thus making hosted desktop technologies a prime option for start-ups, companies in transition and other rapidly growing businesses.
Put simply, hosted desktop is quickly moving to the heart of the 21st Century workplace. Those who cling to 20th Century business solutions may soon find themselves as relics of that bygone era.