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It's 2014 - Isn't it About Time You Went Virtual?
Is your company still running it’s own servers in-house and using traditional desktops? This could be the reason why you are falling behind competitors and failing to achieve your goals. It’s 2014, the year of virtualisation and here we will explain why it’s about time you went made the jump to a virtual desktop.
Computing in the cloud
How does a virtual desktop work?
Virtual desktops look and feel exactly the same as traditional desktops, however they are delivered from an external provider’s data centre via the cloud, through a process called virtualisation. Having all of your software, data and emails stored in the cloud means you can access them without having to store and run them on your own in-house servers.
Facilitate remote working
Using a virtual desktop will allow you to access your programs, files and emails from anywhere in the world on any device. This means that your employees can work from home or another remote location, allowing you to save money on office space and utility bills. Remote working can also be great for morale, so virtualisation is definitely something to consider.
Reduce IT costs
Storing your programs, emails and data in the cloud and accessing it via a virtual desktop can reduce your overall IT costs. Instead of having to pay to maintain and run your own in-house servers, you will be able to pay a small monthly fee to a third party provider to use their servers instead.
Your software will also be delivered as a service, the cost of which will be included in your monthly fee. This means you can benefit from accessing the latest versions of your software without having to worry about implementing them yourself or paying expensive licence fees.
No need for in-house IT support
Another way virtualisation can help you save on costs is by preventing you from needing to hire in-house IT support workers. Instead the IT company providing your virtual desktop and cloud services will manage your system and provide round-the-clock support. This works out much cheaper than hiring in-house employees who would require salaries, holiday pay and other employee benefits.
Although your business will start out small, if all goes to plan, it will get much bigger in time. Of course with growth comes the need to upgrade your IT system. The great thing about virtualising your system is that it is easily scalable. Virtual desktop and cloud services can expand in line with your business, allowing you to continue working to your full capacity.
IT security is all important
We all know just how important it is to keep your business and client data secure. Virtualising your desktop will allow you to benefit from using your provider’s top-of-the-range security software. You will also benefit from the fact that their servers are highly secure and designed for reliability.
No excuses not to go virtual
What many people fail to realise is that a virtual desktop looks and feels exactly the same as the desktop they are currently using. There is nothing new to learn, so really there is no excuse not to go virtual! The only real difference is that instead of having your desktop store on a hard disk in your office, it will be stored in your service provider’s data centre.
With so many benefits, going virtual could be the best business decision you ever make. Not only will it help you to reduce costs and give you access to the latest software, but it will also enable you to facilitate remote working and grow your IT solution in line with business expansion. Virtualisation is easy to set up – no training required. If you are still yet to jump on the virtualisation bandwagon, 2014 is the year to do it.
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