Hosted Virtual Desktops vs Traditional In-House Desktops Comparison

Whether you have years or days of experience in technology management, you have seen that there is only one thing that remains the same – technology changes at the speed of light. Before you even have time to wrap your arms around the latest implementation of technology, or the newest strategy for driving business success from the eyes of technology, it has already changed. With technology a critical part of enabling a business to gain a competitive advantage, you have a lot on your shoulders. The success of the company, in many ways, lies directly on your shoulders. And with your department being one of the biggest cash line items in a business budget (along with marketing) it’s critical that you can show the value of the technology you are managing.

One such technology that is on your task list is the management of desktop delivery. This seemingly minute portion of the complete technology strategy is the most crucial, as employees can only remain productive if they can access their work applications.

Looking back, when access to a desktop computer became a standard operating procedure for an employee, desktop management was a very manual, time-consuming process. First, you procure the device (whether that is a new system or a recycled system) and then you assess for functionality. Once those hurdles are overcome, you then need to clear the device of any old software, content, operating system that is no longer relevant or used for your particular business or department. From there you install any necessary applications and operating systems and antivirus/malware protection before finally delivering the unit to the employee. Work product and data resided on the actual device, so any loss or damage to the device could result in the loss of that data. Backups were manual processes if things were backed up at all.  System updates required every device be touched physically by the IT team, taking productivity from both the employee and IT resources for days before it started all over again.

On-premise Virtual Desktops entered and solved much of the backup and updating challenges, but now you were tasked with procuring space and infrastructure to manage the data center. Not to mention the increased rent and utilities as well as staff to maintain the infrastructure. While some challenges were resolved significantly, and this new way of managing desktops gained popularity, IT Teams like yours still spent a lot of time and resources in managing both the infrastructure and the user’s desktops. Hosted Virtual Desktops like dinCloud’s Desktop-as-a-Service solve all of these challenges, and more, enabling you to meet the demands of your business while keeping costs within budget.

Old Way

  • Hire a new employee
  • Procure new device, either desktop or laptop. Assuming you have the device already in house, you can move onto step three immediately, but if the system has to be procured from outside sources, you wait until it arrives
  • Install user software and operating system
  • Install security software and settings
  • Set system requirements
  • Provide to the new employee
  • Perform routine maintenance and updates
  • Perform break/fix services for any failing parts

New Way

  • Hire a new employee
  • Create Virtual Desktop through dinManage
  • E-mail log in credentials to new employee
  • Employee logs in and begins working

Hosted Virtual Desktops Solve Impending Windows 7 EOL Challenges

In little less than a year, Microsoft will send the Windows 7 Operating System into End-of-Life status as they push the migration to Windows 10.  While the added features and functionality of a new operating system will benefit users, the migration presents significant challenges to IT.  Older systems are not equipped to handle the processing power of Windows 10, leaving many businesses needing to replace the entire system.  But here is where the power of hosted virtual desktop solutions and DaaS become evident.  The service providers infrastructure takes on the burden of the processing power to manage the operating system, relieving the end point of the demand.  Older systems are no longer irrelevant and will not need to be replaced to utilize the new features of Windows 10.  Outside of the typical maintenance needs to keep the system running, users can continue with their current unit and access their desktop from a web browser.

Mobility & Security Challenges Removed

The increasing use of mobile devices in the workplace has long caused IT teams headaches.  How are you supposed to meet the demands of employees to enable access to their work assets on their mobile devices but still maintain the security of the data you are charged with securing?  Restricting access cause employees to go rogue and procure their own solutions  to meet their needs for mobility.

As if managing mobility wasn’t enough for your team to handle, there are the ever-increasing amounts of cyber attacks and malicious sources.  As soon as one hole is patched, hackers find another.  Your team has a full-time job alone just playing whack-a-mole with cyber attacks.

It seems counterintuitive but hosted cloud virtual desktop solutions actually solve both of these challenges.  The provider, who invested significant amounts of time and money and resources into developing a platform that keeps your important data secure.  And since all that is needed to access the desktop is an internet connected device, regardless of the operating system or type, your employees can have the mobility they demand while you get the data security you require.

RESPONSIBLE FOR SECURITY “IN” THE CLOUD

  • Customer data
  • Platform, Applications, identity & Access management
  • Operating system, Network & firewall configuration
  • Security Policies | Patch Management | Vulnerability Scanning

RESPONSIBLE FOR SECURITY “OF” The CLOUD

  • Tier 3+ data centers, guards & man-traps, biometric cage access, kinetics digital locks, IP Cameras in cages & facility
  • All access points to our data centers have audit logs and comply with SSAE16 (formerly SAS70 Type II) auditing standards
  • Dedicated firewall
  • All customer networks and virtual machines running behind dedicated firewall
  • Firewall includes DHCP, NAT, port-forwarding, access-lists, IPSEC VPNs
  • All traffic in and out of dinCloud filtered through Threatstop
  • Dedicated SSL gateways encrypt network traffic
  • Destruction of failed HDD/SDD
  • Data at-rest encryption

Hosted Virtual Desktops vs. Traditional In-House Desktops

Physical Desktop Infrastructure served an essential part for businesses, but the time has come that it is no longer relevant to enterprises today.  Expensive, insecure (and difficult to maintain security), maintenance-heavy, and inability to meet mobility demands make it impossible for on-premise solutions to meet the demands of IT today.  The flexibility, scalability, reduced TCO and time to value, and best-in-class security protocols of Hosted Virtual Desktops are making the solution the apparent solution to many of your IT teams challenges.  Compare the differences for yourself…and then contact us today to get started.

BenefitsPCsVDIDaaS
Genuine, customizable Windows Client enviroments
Centralized desktop management
Walk-off data security
Simplified issue resolution and recovery
Simplified desktop deployment
No upfront CAPEX
Pay as you go
Time to value in weeks, not months
Leverage carrier-class scale
Expand geographic coverage
Reduce complexity and risk