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When Should You Move to a Hosted Desktop


In opinion / By Lee Savery / 09 April 2020

A cloud-based hosted desktop offers businesses excellent value for money. A hosted desktop eliminates the need for businesses to have their own servers, software licenses and IT management such as antivirus, storage and backup.

Some businesses are already embracing hosted desktop, with the global virtual desktop market currently valued at $5 billion. However, there are still many out there who are uncertain about moving to Hosted Desktop and ask the question: when should you move to a hosted desktop? There are several factors that come into play that will help decide the right time to move.

Spend on an IT Infrastructure

If you’re a small business or a business expanding, spending on IT infrastructure can be daunting. Not only do you have to buy the hardware for employees to use, but also the software, data and applications that are installed. You also need to have your own servers for all staff to connect to, which takes up a huge amount of space as well as your budget.

The alternative is a hosted desktop where all of that is looked after by a reputable third party, such as Nasstar, who manages your entire IT infrastructure in one place. By moving to a hosted desktop, you can still keep your hardware so that staff can still log in to the secure desktop where the hosted applications are ready and waiting for them.

Office Move

Moving offices is stressful enough, but the thought of moving all IT equipment from one location to another is a logistical headache that a business could do without. If you’re moving to a new office as part of an expansion, setting up the equipment and adding in more for the expansion also puts a lot of unnecessary stress on the IT department.

You need your business up and running as quickly as possible after moving and a virtual desktop can deliver that without any IT skills over at your end. It will free up valuable space in the office and allow your staff to focus on setting into their new environment.

Remote Working

The move towards remote working has gathered momentum in the past decade. According to a FlexJobs survey, 74% of respondents now consider remote working to be the “new normal” for work.

Allowing staff to work remotely is easy today with wifi, 3G, 4G and 5G hotspots everywhere. Staff can work wherever they like as long as they have an internet connection. With a hosted desktop, staff get the same familiar desktop they’re used to no matter where they work and what device they log in from.

So whether they are in their office at home, on a train, in a coffee shop in the UK or abroad, they still log into the same data centre and get the same experience. If that one data centre is affected by an outage, staff will be routed to another data centre and get to the same virtual desktop they are familiar with.

Greener Office Space

We all want to do our bit for the environment and businesses are no different. Storing your own IT infrastructure requires a large amount of power and cooling to keep it running. That power and cooling takes up a lot of energy, which damages the planet. Cutting down on your energy usage by moving to a hosted desktop allows you to make a positive impact in the fight against global warming.

Security Concerns

If you’re an SME, you may not be able to afford the sophisticated and robust cyber security package required to ensure all data is safe. Instead, by working with a virtual desktop provider who has got all the security measures in place, a business can have peace of mind knowing that their data is secure. Data centres also have strict backup regimes to ensure that in the event of a cyber security situation, your virtual desktop will be up and running again very quickly.

If you’re having debates or concerns about all of these things, then it’s likely that now is the right time to move to a hosted desktop. Contact Nasstar today, and an expert will discuss your options with you to find the best virtual desktop solution for your business.

Are you still unsure about moving to a hosted desktop? Find out why you should with our 6 Reasons to Move Over to the Cloud.

Lee Savery

Lee Savery

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