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What Is Hosted Desktop & Why Do I Need It?


In insight / By Charlotte Tobulevicius / 07 December 2018

The term ‘hosted desktop' has been around for a number of years, as has the service it provides, but marrying the two together can sometimes be confusing. If you’re not too sure about exactly what hosted desktop is and why you should consider it for your business, read on…

What is hosted desktop?

By techopedia’s definition: “a hosted desktop is a virtualisation technique that provides a local desktop instance remotely from a server through the internet”. Essentially, it’s a computer that you access and operate over the internet.

Virtualisation technology is used to separate a computer desktop environment from a physical computer, with the ‘virtual desktop’ stored on a centralised or remote server and not the physical machine being virtualised.

A hosted desktop provides the same functionality as a physical desktop and is usually accessed through a client-end browser i.e. your internet browser. It can host the operating system, applications, data and any other system configurations of the physical desktop.

Why do I need it?

There are a number of benefits to hosted desktop, but perhaps one of the key advantages is the cost. It is often considerably cheaper to incorporate a virtual desktop infrastructure, as opposed to managing a physical network of computers. This is because it’s possible to give multiple users access to the same operating system but manage it from one central version. You will also eliminate the costs of server maintenance which can take a huge chunk out of your yearly budget.

Another big benefit of hosted desktop is the security of your data. We know that a single breach or leak of sensitive data can have a huge impact on a business, but by using hosted desktop and the cloud, your data is stored away from the machine itself. This means you can access it regardless of what has happened to your machine, you can even remotely wipe data from lost or stolen devices.

With a network of hosted desktops, and the ability to access them all remotely, you can effectively have multiple computers without needing the computers to be physically there which saves on storage space and gives the user the freedom to work flexibly.

In a world that is always on, hosted desktop is a great option for those who need to be online all the time. You will have 24/7 access at any time, from any location which you wouldn’t necessarily have with a local physical machine. This is a great benefit for businesses who operate in or are thinking about venturing into overseas markets.

Here are a few more benefits of hosted desktop:

  • Hosted desktops are non-persistent which means that temporary files are removed when the virtual computer is shut down. This prevents viruses from infecting the network and makes your business much more secure.
  • Utilising a hosted desktop infrastructure means you can make changes to all desktops instantaneously, without the need for making manual changes to each device.
  • Hosted desktop solutions are often more efficient when it comes to processing power during heavy usage periods.

Hosted Desktop at Nasstar

We’ve been delivering hosted desktops for over two decades and are now the largest hosted desktop provider in the UK – so, we know what we’re doing.

Our Microsoft Windows hosted desktops can provide you with the same functionality of a traditional PC, but dramatically upgrade your users experience and capabilities. We can run all of your traditional PC applications, legacy and custom applications.

Nasstar hosted desktops have been designed to provide you with a fully managed solution, taking the pain out of your IT. Our excellent team will fully manage, monitor, support and secure your infrastructure and provide you with a guaranteed uptime SLA – plus our technical and support teams are available 24/7 so you never need to be without your IT!

If you’re still unsure if hosted desktop is for you, check out our website or speak to one of our friendly and knowledgeable team members today: 020 7148 5000.

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Charlotte Tobulevicius

Charlotte Tobulevicius

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