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This is a guest blog from ICC Global Hosting’s Mark Moeller. ICC’s Hosted Virtual Desktop delivers full-featured Windows desktop computing environments, including Microsoft Office, anti-virus, and data storage to any device, anywhere, anytime.
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Accessing Desktop Apps Anytime, Anywhere, from Any Device
The computing world is changing rapidly – driven by the consumerization of applications, the demands for employees to be in an “always on” mode, and the revolution of mobile computing. End users have become App savvy and with the advent of the “there’s an app for that” generation applications that have become very easy for end users to install and run on their own. The computing platforms they use have become self-service in nature and new applications are now easy to find and no longer require IT to research, purchase, install, and manage. In fact, IT departments have lost control over what applications run on these devices posing a huge support problem and security threat.
In today’s economy organizations demand their employees to do more with smaller staffs forcing employees to be “always on” with e-mail and other work data now delivered to their desktops, smart phones, tablets, and home computers. People on average now access work data and applications from three devices with new choices of mobile devices available almost daily.
VDI Sticker Shock – With all of these changes many IT departments have considered virtual desktops as a solution to provide access to multiple platforms, remote access, and secured network stored data. Consultants and vendors have been trying to sell organizations virtual desktops as VDI, but most organizations suffer from sticker shock facing huge start-up costs and little or no economies of scale. Most organizations fail to see any potential ROI with VDI solutions and end up tabling the decision for next year’s budget.
Hosted Virtual Desktops – Hosted virtual desktops are cloud desktop services provided in the cloud by a service provider. Unlike typical VDI deployments, with these cloud desktop services, all of the infrastructure is provided by the service provider, and the client organization can purchase virtual desktops as they need them and are not subject to uncontrolled costs or continually expanding infrastructure.
Hosted virtual desktops are purchased from the service provider as a simple operations expense that can be budgeted as a per user per month cost and can even reduce their overall costs of Microsoft licensing and data storage compared to more expensive VDI solutions. Beyond the infrastructure cost benefits, the cloud desktop services provider centrally manages these virtual desktops – including mundane tasks like Windows and anti-virus updates. With the expertise of managing thousands of virtual desktops for many clients, a cloud desktop service provider delivers a consistent end user experience and a very high quality of service. These cloud desktop services are then accessed anytime, anywhere, and from any device. Outsourced desktop management is also a considerable cost savings to organizations that varies based on their internal support structure.
Bring your Own Device, BYOD/BYOC – Many organizations have considered “bring your own device/computer” programs as an employee benefit. BYO programs allow employees to select their own computing device or bring their own computer to work while accessing their employer’s supported desktop environment, applications and data through use of a virtual desktop.
Some of these programs have been driven from the top by executives who want to access corporate resources from their iPad or other personal device. Other BYO programs have been developed to attract and retain technically astute employees by giving these employees a choice of computing platforms as an employee benefit for hiring the brightest and most qualified and sought after job candidates. And some BYO programs exist to essentially create a controlled, secured, and legitimate way to allow employees to connect to their corporate resources without having employees’ rogue devices accessing the network.
Just as with any virtual desktop solution, hosted virtual desktops are often a better approach than VDI. ICC Global Hosting has worked with Citrix to provide a Hosted BYO program which specifically provides a service for quick BYOD proof of concepts or smaller scale BYOD deployments. These cloud desktop services are then delivered to virtually any device including PCs, Macs, thin clients, iPads, iPhones, Android tablets and phones, and other mobile devices.
Virtual Desktops on SoftLayer’s CloudLayer Platform – SoftLayer recently announced the availability of cloud desktop services managed by ICC Global Hosting. This partnership combines the scalability and security of SoftLayer’s CloudLayer Platform with ICC Global Hosting’s hosted virtual desktop expertise.
SoftLayer clients benefit from the enhanced performance and security of applications running along with hosted virtual desktops on the CloudLayer Platform. This solution lets clients obtain the all the features and benefits of VDI without the overhead and headaches of VDI. Organizations may now access cloud desktop services Anytime, Anywhere, and from Any Device with ICC and SoftLayer.
-Mark Moeller, ICC Global Hosting
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