There’s no argument that computers are essential to a company’s success, but they also come with a myriad of challenges. They can be expensive, difficult to maintain and pose a security risk to the company.
Yet technology is presenting another innovation that could help solve these problems and more: virtual desktops. Virtual desktops are computers that you access and operate over the Internet rather than via a specific physical machine. “It takes everything you get when you buy a normal computer — the hardware, the operating system, the processing power — and makes it all accessible to you via the cloud, from anywhere, on almost any device,” describes IT support website Cheeky Munky.
Are they worth the hype? Here are five reasons your company should consider using virtual desktops:
They save money.
With virtual desktops, physical company devices do little actual computing. Devices therefore don’t need to be the lastest, greatest models in order to successfully function for employees. Companies can select cheaper models or use older devices for longer than previously expected.
They’re easier to manage.
Virtual desktops allow you to make essential changes to all desktops simultaneously. Software upgrades no longer need to be made device-by-device. Complex setups aren’t necessary. As a result, device management is significantly more efficient with virtual desktops, which also ultimately saves companies money.
They’re compatible with all devices, programs and applications.
Virtual desktops ensure nearly universal compatibility. They’re consistently up-to-date, so there’s no concern that a program will be able to run on one person’s device and not on another’s. As long as employees are using the virtual desktop, they’ll be able to use the programs and applications they need to use.
They’re flexible and efficient for employees.
Because employees can access all the data and programs they need via the cloud, they can do work from any location and on any device. Moreover, since employees can access programs, applications and files via the cloud, they don’t need to use up storage space on their personal devices.
They’re more secure.
Connected to all these factors — and perhaps chief among them — is the fact that virtual desktops reduce the risk of cyber attack for companies. Because all virtual desktops can be updated and maintained within minutes, there’s less chance that employees will fail to update their software and thus give hackers an entry point. Having all information hosted centrally under one administrator is more secure. Allowing employees to work remotely also poses less of a security risk, as information is more secure with virtual desktops.
Bottom line: Virtual desktops can save your company time and money, both immediately and in the future, and strengthen your cybersecurity. Investing in this change ultimately allows you to focus on what really matters — namely, achieving your company’s goals.
If you’re interested in learning more about virtual desktops or implementing them at your company, contact MDL. Our expertise and experience will help you navigate and successfully establish these complex but supremely beneficial domains.