With the advance of the Internet has come many changes in the way we communicate and the way that we do business. Email has virtually replaced fax and telephone calls for the largest part while any information is only a click or two away thanks to the Internet. Media sharing and file collaboration has also been made simpler while conference calls further extend the collaborative opportunities for the average business. Virtual desktops not only increase collaboration but cut computing costs and increase productivity and accessibility for the computer user.
Virtual desktops offer all of the software that you would typically use during a working day but instead of being installed on your computer’s hard drive or on a server within your building, it is hosted at a remote, secure data centre. When you log on to your virtual desktop you can then use this software, store and share data, and save your files.
Virtual desktops are completely remote. You can access them from any computer or device which offers Internet access and you don’t have to carry around digital files in the form of discs, flash drives, or memory cards. You can work on a file in the office during the day and then sit down to an evening’s hard work at home using the same files. You can even access those files during your next customer visit.
This remote access also means reduced infrastructure requirements. You won’t need a server in the office because your server will be accessed remotely. This, in turn, means you don’t need server equipment and your office network will be considerably less complex. You can save a fortune on up-front costs and access to virtual desktops works out cheaper on a monthly basis than paying for software licenses and more.
Virtual desktops can do everything a real desktop can do and more. You can access office software applications such as Microsoft Office and you can run regular backups. You can use these backups in a disaster recovery plan too, while negating the need to pay for additional remote or online storage facilities used for such data retrieval.
Virtual desktops offer a range of cost benefits and greater flexibility. Contact Alchemy Group to see how we can help you save money while improving your business functionality.