A hosted desktop makes life easier for companies of all shapes and sizes by taking your traditional computer desktop one step further. But what exactly is it?
To be clear, we’re not talking about the physical computer, but rather the virtual interface you use on it, which is where all of your files and programmes are stored. With operating systems like Windows, it enables you to quickly manage, edit and share data, ranging from documents and spreadsheets, to artwork files and calendar appointments.
On a larger scale, employees of organisations with their own networks can share some aspects of their desktops between multiple computers, allowing the management team to set a range of accessibility and admin rights depending on each user’s role in the company. Though this is very useful, old school desktops come with limitations and security issues, which is why hosted desktops are a very wise decision.
A hosted desktop service, like GoCloud’s, offers all of the usual features. It then takes these strengths and builds on them, neutralising the weaknesses and removing the boundaries of regular desktops.
Essentially, it works for the user in the same way as their familiar desktop and can appear totally identical. They log in and are presented with their personal desktop the same as always, all the way down to the background and screensaver. However, their files, software and actions are all hosted and processed remotely on external servers in our UK-based data centre. This allows the user to do everything that can be done on an old-fashioned desktop, but with greater flexibility, increased speed and exceptional security.
Hosted desktops also give employees the opportunity to work remotely from home or whilst on the go. They can effectively use the company’s software across the world, editing and collaborating on projects no matter where they are. This gives businesses freedom to become truly agile and modern operators – no more cancelled client meetings due to a mislaid USB stick, or ideas forgotten whilst on the train because you don’t have access to the required applications.
GoCloud hosted desktops are managed and maintained by a team of specialists at our UK-based data centre. Each customer continues to work in the way that suits them, with all data protected by our premium end-to-end encryption service.
This means that the system requires minimal setup and all maintenance is delivered by our technicians, which can result in significant savings when compared to area networks with a physical IT infrastructure. As the entire system works through a single client application, the need for IT personnel and support is minimised or reduced to zero, not to mention saving employees a lot of time and stress.
Businesses can also choose to dispose of their old, clunky hardware and replace it with thin clients that are specially designed for hosted desktops and use a lot less energy, which is great for utility bills and the environment alike.
At GoCloud, we customise hosted desktops to the needs of each individual client, from the architecture of the system and the hierarchy of its users, to the visual layout each person will see when they launch it.
Storage and processing take place in a secure, patrolled data centre overseen 24/7 by our industry experts. Put simply, we’re always on hand and deal with all software updates and potential issues in a timely fashion, often nipping problems in the bud so that they don’t even reach the customer.
To find out more about GoCloud hosted desktops and becoming a partner, call today on 01482 751133 or register your interest online.