Hosted desktops are luring more and more businesses and public sector organisations to make the leap from a physical desktop infrastructure to the virtual, all thanks to a game-changing and money-saving opportunity. It’s the chance to move past the endless tide of ditched PCs, faulty updates, burned money and wasted time and embrace the speed, security and efficiency of the cloud.
Organisations with hosted desktops can forget about the costly and time-consuming process of buying new desktops and laptops, only to replace them again a few years later. Then there’s the constant process of patching, updating and maintenance to deal with, and that’s without even mentioning the complexities of a network infrastructure.
Switching to hosted desktops means that there’s no replaceable hardware on site and software is managed centrally by the provider. GoCloud’s hosted desktop UK support enables users to use thin clients – essentially a monitor, mouse and keyboard connected to the web, without the need of a hard drive – or they can turn any device into a client, removing the need for unnecessary hardware upgrades.
Those involved in IT provision or decision making will know the drawbacks of having to implement an infrastructure replacement, an office-wide hardware upgrade, or just having to endure the daily drudge of updates and difficult-to-apply patches. More generally, it’s hard to work in any part of a modern business today without being aware of the constant hold-ups and disruptions that come as a result of on-site IT infrastructure. A big part of the lure of hosted desktop solutions is that all of this goes away.
Financial decision makers will be aware too of the ever-increasing cost of throwing away one lot of hardware as it becomes obsolete or stops being supported, only to replace it with new machines. With thin client devices and cloud-based desktop systems, these costs disappear, along with much of the cost of IT personnel.
Around 70% of a computer’s total CO2 output over its lifetime is caused during its creation (more for desktops, slightly less for laptops). That means the buy, use and replace cycle is terrible for the environment, as well as for the wallet.
Because hosted desktop systems handle all processing and memory centrally, there’s no need for PCs with hardware that rapidly becomes obsolete, such as processors and RAM. That in turn means far fewer replacements and a more sustainable company. Sustainability in itself has become a major business goal, as it reduces the cost of waste disposal, comes with potential tax reductions due to a decreased carbon footprint, and ensures that your business is working in an environmentally friendly way.
To find out more about our exceptional hosted desktops, give our friendly team a call on 01482 751133.
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