Growing companies are always looking for ways to streamline their practices and improve productivity.
And as, in many companies, maintaining all of the PCs and devices connected to the network can be incredibly time consuming, and stretch limited IT resources, finding an easy and efficient solution is crucial.
This is where desktop virtualisation comes in. Freeing up IT support and centralising operations, it can save companies money, time and energy, which is why more and more people are turning to virtual desktops for their connectivity solutions.
What is desktop virtualisation?
From the end user point of view, a virtual desktop looks and feels just like a normal desktop. You can access your files, programs and data just like you did before, and save and store new folders as normal.
However rather than the data being kept on your computers hard drive and in its memory, everything is stored in a central server. So when you think you’re using your own computer to work on, you’re actually just accessing information stored somewhere else.
How does it help a business to operate?
One of the main benefits of desktop virtualisation is that it reduces the number of demands placed on the IT support staff.
Instead of having to run around an office attending to every different problem on each computer, they can simply access the central server and fix any issues from there.
This means that problems get solved faster, allowing workers to get on with the task in hand without becoming frustrated and distracted.
The nature of a virtual desktop also means that employees and bosses can access their desktops from any where in the world, helping to connect your business and helping it to be more productive and more competitive.
As most companies, and many employees, store a lot of secure and sensitive data on their desktops, keeping this information safe is of utmost importance.
With non-virtual systems, every desktop, laptop and tablet represents a security risk and a target for hackers and malware, giving IT workers a big job to look after and maintain adequate security throughout the network.
With virtual desktops, only the central server needs to be protected, and this protection can be easily updated, maintained and improved to provide the best chances of securing your network from potential intruders.
Getting a third party to set up your system
If your company employs a lot of people at different levels, has branches in disparate locations of needs the virtualisation tailored for specific uses, then the best path to take is probably to employ a third party company to install a system for you.
For the full package, an outside company can come into your business, consult with you on your exact requirements, train staff on how to maintain the system and set it all up for you.
You can even have various levels of access, so that shift workers or lower level employees only have basic access, whereas the bosses and managers have full 24/7 access to their desktops.
Doing it yourself (DIY)
If you have some technical knowhow and are willing to give it a go, there are programs and websites that can help you to set up your virtual desktop.
Though not too difficult, the process may take a little time, so be patient and methodical in order to achieve the best results.
Virtualised desktops are growing in popularity, and with the growth of mobile workers and virtual offices, this trend is set to continue. So now is the perfect time to shake up the system, streamline your operations and get virtual.