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Ever since cloud computing solutions became mainstream, the debate on the efficacy of cloud solutions within prospecting organizations is a common occurrence. However, instead of an objective analysis, the cloud was generally shrugged off as insecure.

Fast forward to the present scenario in which lockdowns of global proportions have brought businesses to a screeching halt. This has reignited the ongoing debate for and against cloud solutions.

However, with stay at home the new norm rather than exception, even organizations that were skeptical of the cloud are viewing it in a whole new light. Even in the time when we would be past the Covid-19 crisis, use of Virtual Desktops (VD) is likely to increase.

An exponential increase in the demand for VDs can be attributed to one main factor, which is the ease of managing a VD infrastructure. Still, deploying organizations will surely weigh the pros and cons of on premise and third party VD infrastructures.

Both carry their unique set of advantages. A third party cloud solution, sourced from a service provider (CSP) rids you from the hassle of maintaining hardware on premise. In return, you simply pay the CSP a usage fee. This gives you less control over data.

An on premise VD infrastructure tends to cost more as all the hardware is located on premise but at the same time, allows full control over organizational data. The main challenge for conventional architectures now is the inability to provide support.

Even medium to large sized IT departments are finding it impossible to cope with the rapid demand for configuring and securing so many end point devices all at once, due to the remote work measures being taken to control the spread of Covid-19.

One thing is for sure though, we can expect a notable increase in demand for VD deployments, whether on premise or third party solutions. CSPs will also have to diversify their cloud offerings to include both on and off premise solutions.

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