Going hosted confers many business benefits. In this article, we list eight of them. But first, it is worthwhile giving an overview of what hosted desktop actually is.
Hosted desktop uses cloud computing to provide access to your office computers remotely via the internet. That means that whatever documents, software packages, apps and processes your employees need to do their job can be accessed from anywhere – freeing them up to work from different locations.
We recently wrote about why giving your staff this freedom can both empower your employees and improve your bottom line.
But there are other reasons why hosted desktop can benefit businesses.
Here are our top eight.
A major concern for some businesses considering a hosted desktop solution is security. But, in truth, hosted desktop improves security rather than compromises it. A good provider will perform regular back-ups of your data (ensuring your business can continue operating in the event of any disasters) and will store your data on a highly secure server.
In our own datacentres, we maintain servers to the very highest standards, including 24/7 monitoring, climate control and the use of robust, corporate-level physical and cyber security measures.
The annual cost of an unmanaged fixed desktop, including licenses and support, according to research company Gartner, is around £3,880 per year. In fact, 80 percent of IT costs occur after hardware is initially purchased. Research shows that, by choosing a hosted desktop solution, businesses can reduce these costs significantly, with companies typically saving between 30 and 50 percent of their IT budgets over a four year period after moving to a hosted solution.
The financial benefits of hosted desktop don’t stop at cost savings. Because moving to a hosted solution makes it possible for businesses to avoid the expenses associated with physical servers, instead only paying for what they use, companies that choose a hosted solution enjoy improved cash flow and better budgeting.
The pay-as-you-go model has another benefit. Previously, businesses expecting significant growth would be required to invest in servers capable of handling much more than their initial requirements. For start-ups or small businesses, accommodating for growth can be expensive and risky.
With a hosted solution, you can scale up in tandem with your grow. This means you never pay for more than you use and that the risks and expenditure associated with growth are reduced or eliminated.
Hosted desktop allow seamless working from any location. This means that salespeople on the move, those who need to work from home and people working out of hours can continue to work just as efficiently as they could from the office.
This means businesses often enjoy increased staff productivity levels as well as more engaged, happier staff – who themselves benefit from the increased flexibility hosted desktop affords.
As mentioned above, remote working increases productivity and employee satisfaction. But there are some other benefits to remote working. These include the flexibility to relocate quickly and easily, the ability to hold meetings anywhere and being able to set up satellite offices in next-to-no-time.
Hosted desktop is incredibly reliable. At Elite, we offer 99.999 percent uptime. This ensures that your business remains maximally effective. If there is an issue with one server, our solutions automatically switch over to another server in the cloud. This means that your business is able to rely on your hosted desktop solution, no matter what your business objectives are.
Today, it’s important that businesses take responsibility for their environmental impact. Corporate responsibility should be more than just a buzzword or promotional activity; the climate is changing, and it’s critical that we all do our bit to slow down and, hopefully, reverse those changes.
Hosted desktop solutions significantly reduce energy use and carbon emissions, making them more environmentally friendly than traditional desktop solutions.
Elite Group is the leading unified communications and technology provider. We supply businesses with industry-leading hosted desktop services supported by our expert engineers and support team.