What Are the Benefits of Virtual Desktops?

The virtual desktop market is growing at a compound annual rate of 17 percent with analysts expecting it to be worth more than $30 billion by 2025, more than twice its current value. However, a Microsoft-sponsored study shows that fear might be preventing some businesses from making the switch to virtual desktop as a service. Many cite issues such as security concerns and the high cost of abandoning legacy infrastructure as reasons for low adoption rates.

Even so, virtual desktops offer firms a host of compelling benefits. Read on to learn more.

Benefit: Cost Savings

Virtual desktops run on servers located in third-party facilities. For this reason, local hardware requirements are minimal. Firms don’t need to buy expensive desktop computers with powerful onboard graphics and multithreaded CPUs. Terminals that offer basic computing performance and connect to third-party servers will suffice.

Because of this, the cost savings are tremendous. A study by the International Data Corporation found that virtualisation could reduce IT outlays by as much as 56 percent.

Benefit 2: Workplace Flexibility

Virtualisation also offers workplace flexibility for the obvious reason that employees can access documents, files and data wherever they are, on any device.

With more than 87 percent of organisations now relying on employees to use their personal devices, virtualisation is essential. Companies need to be able to offer workers enterprise-level performance on consumer-grade devices for both security and productivity purposes. And that’s what virtualisation brings.

Benefit 3: Centralised Troubleshooting

Legacy IT network administrators used cumbersome methods to troubleshoot software. Employees would encounter a problem and then submit a ticket. Admins would then fix the problem on a local level, only solving it for their part of the network.

Unfortunately, under this scheme, large organisations wound up replicating work. IT professionals at different sites would encounter and fix the same problems over and over again, wasting valuable time and costing the business a lot of money.

Virtualisation deals with this issue by centralising the network. Any changes made at the top filter down to all end-users. Network maintenance is global, not piecemeal so a fix for one, is a fix for all.

Benefit 4: Improved Disaster Recovery

According to estimates from Managed 24/7, workplace technology failures cost UK companies more than £35 billion per year. However, virtual desktops may partially solve this problem.

How? It’s simple. When businesses no longer rely on static on-premises computers, they can more widely distribute their data across cloud servers. Even if one system fails, there’s always another available to step in and provide backup. In some cases, disaster recovery systems can be so efficient that there is no downtime at all and users may not even be aware that a failure has occurred.

Benefit 5: Hassle-Free Updates

Lastly, virtual desktops facilitate hassle-free updates. Organisations can roll out changes to all user endpoints at the same time, instead of having to do it terminal by terminal, desk by desk.

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