What is a virtual desktop and how can it benefit your business?

Remote working offers many benefits, but at the same time it comes with a number of risks. Maintaining secure connections with the main IT infrastructure of the business is of considerable concern to a lot of businesses, and with over two thirds of organisations having experienced a security incident due to the actions of a worker, it is clear that a solution is vital. One such solution is a hosted virtual desktop, or a desktop in the cloud.


How does virtual desktop infrastructure work?


Virtual desktop infrastructure makes it possible for workers to access the systems and data they need to undertake their roles, from anywhere they may be working.


A hosted virtual desktop is a technology that allows remote users to securely access a company’s server, files, apps and computer systems through the cloud, via an internet connection.


Using a virtual desktop is beneficial to workers, as they are able to access all their familiar apps, productivity tools and files from their own device, in the same way they would whilst sitting at their desk in the office.


What are the benefits of a virtual desktop?


There are many benefits to using a desktop in the cloud. These include:




Because users can access their desktop and files from any location, they are not limited to coming into the office. A virtual desktop can be used on a variety of devices, from laptops to tablets. So you can offer flexible working to your workforce and, if there is some issue preventing them from getting in, such as a rail strike or family emergency, then they can still work.


Infrastructure savings


Because a hosted virtual desktop works using apps and files held in the cloud, there is no need to invest in expensive hardware, even for office-based workers.


Business continuity


If there’s an issue preventing you from accessing your premises, using a virtual desktop means you can all still carry on working from a remote location, using any device. So your business can continue, with no impact on customer service.




A hosted virtual desktop environment can be expanded or reduced on demand. So if you experience seasonal surges in demand and need to bring in more workers, you can do so without having to invest in additional hardware. And when you no longer require the additional capacity, you can scale back down without financial penalty.


Compliance and security


With all data stored and backed up in a secure data centre as opposed to on local devices or servers, should something happen to a physical device or if it is stolen, the data will stay safe, intact and accessible.


Maximum uptime


A virtual desktop is considered more resilient and reliable than a traditional desktop, which is more prone to network outages. The Windows virtual desktop, for example, is known to offer exceptional levels of uptime.  


Virtual desktop solutions from PC Docs


Virtual desktops offer a secure way to work remotely and flexibly, as well as reducing overheads by cutting capital outlay and removing expensive hardware maintenance and upgrades.


At PC Docs, we offer a variety of remote working IT solutions, including desktop in the cloud technology, all designed to help businesses work flexibly and safely.


Why not get in touch today to discover more how we can help you make the switch to a hosted virtual desktop? Our experts are ready to create a virtual desktop solution for you that meets your individual requirements.

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