Cloud technology has made two fairly significant impacts on small business; 1) It’s helped to level the playing field and allowed them more advanced computing capabilities for a lower cost, and 2) It’s made it easier to run an office from anywhere.
80% of businesses say that using the cloud has improved their operations, and 40% of small and medium businesses say it’s more cost-effective than using in-house 3rd party applications.
What cloud services do is host applications on a virtual server rather than your hard drive, making them easily accessible via any internet-connected device. This offers a number of cost saving advantages for small businesses, including:
Only pay for the users you need
Easy to scale up or down
Data is available no matter where you are
Makes remote working easy, reducing physical office costs
Low start up costs without any expensive software or hardware to buy
The next evolution beyond accessing your programs, like Office 365 or QuickBooks Online, via the cloud, is accessing your entire computer environment the same way.
Hosting your Windows operating system, files, folders, settings, etc. in the cloud is referred to as a virtual desktop, and Microsoft is betting this is going to be the next logical step for many companies.
They announced the worldwide availability of their Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) on September 30, 2019, and is promises to make a big impact on companies of all sizes. And just as cloud computing was a game-changer for small businesses, WVD could be just as significant.
Windows Virtual Desktop Overview
Windows Virtual Desktop is able to deliver the only multi-session Windows 10 virtual desktop experience that’s also highly scalable, available on any device, and always up to date.
WVD hosts your computer work environment on an Azure virtual server, which allows it to be available from any of the following:
Just imagine hiring a new employee and instead of having to find an unused computer, clean it of any old data and then load the software needed onto it, you could instead just pull up a WVD environment that you had already saved as a template with the proper software loaded. Provision it for the new employee, and then they can access their “new work computer” from any device in minutes.
Virtual desktops allow you to take your computer with you anywhere you go without having to physically carry anything around or email files back and forth to yourself.
The Benefits of Using Virtual Desktops
It can be a big decision to go completely virtual with your technology, because of the fact that you do need to have an internet connection in order to access it. But cloud applications have definitely been embraced by large and small businesses alike, and they also have that same requirement.
It seems that cost savings, operational efficiency, and ability to run a more mobile office outweigh concerns about offline access for many businesses, because most of what they do requires an internet connection already.
Here are some of the considerations when deciding whether to go completely virtual with Windows Virtual Desktops.
Lower Hardware Costs
Because your OS and everything loaded onto it is hosted on a cloud server, the physical computer you may use to access it does not need to have the same high-performance specifications. It’s simply being used as a conduit to access the WVD. This means savings on hardware.
Easily Work from Anywhere
Have you ever traveled for business and tried to bring the files you needed with you on a laptop or tablet? You do your best to work remotely but find it’s just not as productive because you don’t have your main computer with you with all your “stuff” on it.
That problem is completely eliminated with a virtual desktop because you can log into your computer desktop environment from anywhere, even from a hotel’s business center, and it’s just like sitting in front of your keyword at work.
Easier, Less Costly Administration
Trying to administer things like software deployment and update management can be time consuming across multiple devices and there’s always a chance that a computer hasn’t applied a security patch, leaving your network vulnerable.
Using virtual desktops significantly reduces the time it takes to administer multiple staff computers because it can all be done from a central control panel and applied to the virtual desktop environments instantly, saving time and money. Plus, it ensures that the operating systems and software are always up to date.
Data Security Compliance Built In
Whether you’re worried about getting hit with a ransomware attack or you need to ensure compliance with HIPAA or another data privacy guideline, WVD can make data security compliance easier.
Microsoft Azure holds more compliance certifications than any other cloud provider, including ISO/IED, HIPAA, IRS, ITAR, and many others.
Need Help Migrating Your Data to a Virtual Desktop?
If you’re intrigued about the possibility of making your office completely mobile with Windows Virtual Desktops, Pro Tech Guy can help you make it happen. We can easily get you set up and migrate your data to the new cloud environment.
Contact us today to discuss how virtual desktops could help your business save. Call 508-364-8189 orreach us online.