In-House v/s Outsourced Virtual Desktop Infrastructure
Now that we have covered many compelling advantages of Virtual Desktops, we will address the pertinent question of which VD infrastructure to deploy. Any law firm can choose between an in-house solutions or outsource this service to a Cloud Service Provider (CSP).
Given the nature of the legal industry, it is much preferable to source the VDs from a CSP. In support of this suggestion, we have the following reasons:-
- No need to invest in the capital intensive hassle of setting up a data center.
- Minimal IT staff will be required for the routine tasks of the law firm.
- Law firms lack the high level of skilled IT professionals to manage an in-house solution.
- No capital expenditures are required to scale up the existing VD infrastructure.
- Security of the sensitive legal data is the sole responsibility of the CSP.
- CSPs now have data security certifications that meet certain statutory compliance standards.
- No need to provision a DR and BC site as it is offered by most CSPs at an affordable cost.
- The law firm will be billed on a “pay as you use” basis and no fixed costs are attached.
- CSPs offer cloud native and fully compatible applications used specifically by law firms.
- Law firms get rid of integration challenges between in-house VDs and Law Apps.
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Law Productivity Apps and Integration Bottlenecks
Although we have highlighted several benefits of a CSP sourced VD infrastructure, one issue was so vital that it deserved a special mention. When law firms deploy in house VD architecture, they have to face an additional daunting challenge of integrating their law specific productivity applications.
This turns out to be a nightmare for most law firms who have deployed even the relatively advanced in house Virtual Desktop infrastructures. They lack the high skilled IT professionals who have the requisite capacity to resolve such complicated integration and compatibility issues.
On the other hand, Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) have a large pool of highly skilled and experienced IT professionals who have already resolved the integration and compatibility problems, before a customized VD solution is offered to a law firm. This means that when a client from the legal industry commissions a VD solution, it is a turnkey one.
Right from the word go, all the law specific productivity applications will be fully integrated and operational with each virtual desktop machine. As the integration is performed by highly skilled professionals, the industry specific productivity applications are very stable and efficient. This improves the overall productivity.
Artificial Intelligence and Legal Intelligence
In the end, let’s discuss an avenue that is not yet being utilized optimally in the legal industry. In law, old legal precedents hold a lot of weight. At times, they can even influence the outcome of the whole case. The human mind has limitations when it comes to memorizing millions of legal precedents.
This is where the power of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Cloud Computing can work miracles for the legal industry. A law firm can upload thousands and millions of already decided cases, we call legal precedents, over the central database being maintained at the Cloud Service Provider’s data center.
Use the power of AI and develop algorithms that can identify certain correlations between the circumstances of a case and the subsequent court decisions. This will create a highly refined pool of related case laws that are quite relevant to the case in progress.
How Do AI and VD Deliver Results?
A lawyer will simply access the central database of cases residing in the data center of the CSP using a VD. The individual will enter a few key parameters of the case for which relevant legal precedents are required. The algorithm will extract a large pool of highly correlated and relevant case laws in a matter of seconds.
If done manually, this task alone can take hundreds of hours and would still not be accomplished with the level of accuracy that AI can attain. This can revolutionize the legal industry by leveraging the power of Cloud Computing, Virtual Desktops and Artificial Intelligence.
The way today’s legal industry functions is one of the most suitable environments for a Virtual Desktop (VD) infrastructure. It will surely result in efficiency, scalability and security for the deploying law firm in particular and the legal industry in general.
Law firms should not get into the hassle of deploying in house virtual desktop solutions and must opt in favor of customized and optimized VDs offered by CSPs. dinCloud, being a strong emerging player in the cloud solutions landscape, has the full capability of offering a VD solution that is just right for all your legal needs.