Advancements in technology and the growth of remote work have both contributed to certain shifts in the business world. One of these shifts is organizations moving to virtual desktops.
As the name suggests, a virtual desktop provides a traditional desktop experience – the difference being that it is done across the internet. It provides the images of your operating system and applications, while the device you’re using to access the virtual desktop is a separate entity. Laptops, desktops, tablets, mobiles, and any other endpoint device can be used to access the virtual desktop.
That explains what a virtual desktop is, but what are the benefits available? To explain, here are five reasons organizations are utilizing virtual desktop infrastructures.
One of the big reasons to use a virtual desktop is accessibility. It doesn’t matter what endpoint device you’re using or where you are. As long as you have an internet connection, you can access your virtual desktop – along with all the files and applications it features.
Say you have files stored on a local device. Now imagine this device stops working. Suddenly, you’re in a position where you may have lost your data forever. With a virtual desktop environment, you just log in with a different device, and your files are exactly where they were before.
Boosting security protocols is another reason organizations are using virtual desktops. Instead of data being stored on individual endpoint devices, a virtual desktop sees it placed in a secure data center.
This is advantageous for numerous reasons. Firstly, if a device is stolen, your data won’t be stolen unless the thief also knows your virtual desktop login credentials. Secondly, once the virtual computer is shut down, temporary files are instantly removed – a sure-fire way of stopping viruses and malware from infiltrating your network.
No drop in the experience
There are various virtual desktop solutions available. However, one of the most popular is undoubtedly Azure Virtual Desktop, and one of the big reasons for this is due to it providing a true Windows 11 experience – an operating system most are familiar with using.
Furthermore, Azure is a popular platform for cloud computing specialists such as Citrix. A Citrix cloud Azure combination is a powerful weapon for organizations, as they gain access to a wide assortment of Citrix apps and solutions on the Azure platform.
Easy to manage
Whether you are using an internal or external IT service provider, one of the most useful aspects of a virtual desktop infrastructure is how easy it is to manage. This is due to the fact everything can be managed directly from a central data center.
This is beneficial in terms of completing updates for applications. Rather than these having to be done on each individual machine, your IT team can easily update your virtual machines all at the same time.
Forget about splashing out on high-end desktops and laptops. As most of the computing occurs over the cloud, it doesn’t matter if users are accessing their virtual desktops on budget devices. Low-spec devices work fine for the situation.
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