7 reasons to switch to hosted desktop
Are you considering making the move to Hosted Desktop? We've put together 7 benefits of DaaS and how it will improve security, peace of mind and contribute to cost efficiency.
While the cloud has solved a lot of problems for businesses, users are still accessing many of their applications online, downloading spreadsheets and slide decks onto local machines, neglecting to bring their machines into IT for updates or running unapproved programs… and now this extends to their own devices as well as company-owned ones. Hosted Desktop can solve this.
But what is hosted desktop?
Hosted Desktop as a Service (DaaS) is the delivery of a fully managed virtual desktop instance (VDI), hosted on cloud infrastructure. Hosted Desktop enables users to access corporate applications and data via a familiar Microsoft Windows desktop experience on almost any device connected to the internet.
Not only does this provide an end-user experience fitting for the modern workplace, Hosted Desktop also has a range of benefits to technology teams including improved security, disaster recovery, easy management of software updates, reduces support overheads and simplified provisioning.
What’s different about Ekco?
By adopting Ekco’s Hosted Desktop solution, companies can address the issues associated with end-user computing while giving their staff more freedom and increasing productivity. The pain associated with managing a multitude of devices, including those not supplied by the company, is eliminated. While remaining compliant, companies can greatly reduce risks.
As well as this, Ekco offers a fully managed infrastructure stack to support it, so that you and your team can just focus on the task at hand while enjoying a secure and stable experience, no matter where you are and what device you use.
We are software agnostic which means we are not tied to one technology. Our goal is to provide you with the best user experience so we will help you choose the best technology to suit your requirements.
The benefits of hosted desktop
Many organisations are undergoing digital transformation, and modernising the workplace is often a stream within the wider strategy. In order to manage remote and multi-device workforces using Hosted Desktop, you should think about the following seven benefits and how this will change, and hopefully improve, your currently way of working.
1. The modern workplace
Digital transformation is redefining what we think about the workplace. At the heart of this evolution is technology and the introduction of digital-first natives into the workplace.
The millennial is no longer the office junior but is now the manager. By 2020, the millennial employee (those born between 1981 and 1996) is forecasted to comprise half of the global workforce, and by 2025, they will make up 75 per cent of it.
Millennials expect workplace technology to work as good as or better than their own devices. They are comfortable with technology and count on their employers to provide them with the tools they need to do their job. Allowing staff to work remotely and via their own devices is a surefire way to attract and retain the best talent.
As with many cloud initiatives, hosted desktop moves costs from CAPEX to OPEX, leaving you more cash in the bank to spend on growing your business. Per desktop pricing enables you to know exactly what workforce expansion will cost the IT department, removing unforeseen infrastructure or hardware purchases as this is handled by the provider, who bundle everything in with the price of each desktop.
Virtual machines use the compute power of the data centre rather than their local machines, placing less demand on the endpoint. This means that, by using fast virtual desktops, you can extend your organisation’s desktop and laptop refresh cycle, offering a secondary means of reducing costs by keeping endpoints in action for longer.
Users who are entirely office-based can be switched onto low maintenance zero clients (also known as thin clients) which have no local OS or storage. You can even go as far as bringing in a bring your own device (BYOD) policy, where staff are expected to use personal hardware to access corporate resources, which is particularly useful if your organisation promotes remotes working.
Due to the ‘…as a service’ delivery model, Desktop as a Service enables you to add user workstations fast and easily. This is particularly handy when your organisation utilises contract resource or temporary project teams, as there’s no hardware to procure, meaning you have the flexibility to create a desktop almost instantly and delete it when no longer required. This also puts you in control.
Hosted desktop helps you manage the risks that naturally come with giving your staff the freedom to work anywhere and on any device. It enables you to control the essentials such as data access and compliance without being overly restrictive. You no longer have to worry about what data is held on a user’s device as the data remains in the data centre at all times. This gives you control over all company assets because access can be revoked with the touch of a button.
With an increasingly dispersed workforce, rolling out new applications or patching existing software has become more of a logistical problem than a technical one. Trying to coordinate people bringing in physical devices to be patched is a real issue for many companies, something which is eliminated completely with Hosted Desktop. You operate on one central image (or a small number of images based on persona), a change is made once, and everyone is on the latest version. It removes the need to standardise builds of end-user compute hardware, as Hosted Desktop will run on almost any device no matter its configuration.
Hosted desktop moves the security risk from hundreds of end-user devices and puts it all into the controlled and managed environment of a datacentre. Lost or stolen laptops no longer provide a security risk. No data is on the local machine. As Hosted Desktop removes the need to create VPNs to access applications and data held by the company it also removes the problem of users trying to bypass the security in the belief that it will make their life easier.
Ekco’s hosted desktop uses enterprise-grade solutions from a range of technologies such as Citrix and VMWare, while all of the infrastructure is handled by our fully managed shared cloud platform. This is the same platform used by our clients, who utilise Ekco for our unrivalled performance, to host mission-critical applications and storage-intensive workloads.
If you’re looking to deliver hosted desktops, you need to be confident in the platform that underpins it, and ours offers a robust, scalable and secure environment to delivery premium desktop experiences globally.
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