With so many choices, it can be hard to know what the right solution is for your business – especially when it comes to how you access applications and software.
Decisions should be based on multiple factors, and each business should adopt a unique approach in order to ensure they optimise their resources and improve business efficiencies without affecting service levels or breaking the bank.
Many customers are wondering if they require a full hosted or virtual desktop solution, or whether they should just move their existing Office 365 applications to the cloud. Each solution offers different features and benefits, so, to make the right choice, businesses currently assessing their requirements need to understand how they differ.
Hosted desktop or DaaS is an IT solution which enables businesses to host company computers in the cloud. With hosted desktop, your desktops will not be connected to in-house servers, meaning that your hosted desktop provider will be responsible for resource provisioning, load balancing and network management.
Because your desktops will be hosted in the cloud – i.e., stored in a third-party datacentre – your staff will be able to access their desktop, data and applications anywhere, anytime. Moreover, a good hosted desktop solution will allow streaming to almost any device.
Virtual desktop offers very similar features to hosted desktop. The major difference is the way the solution is set up. Instead of hosting desktops in a third-party datacentre, your in-house IT team will be responsible for your desktops in your own datacentre. This gives a business an IT solution that can be controlled centrally – making it easier to manage provisioning, updating, patching and software distribution.
As with hosted desktop, your staff will be able to access their work desktop remotely, meaning they can work from anywhere.
Benefits of Hosted and Virtual Desktop
Cloud-based Office 365 is exactly what it sounds like. Instead of moving all your existing IT processes to the cloud, you opt only to make Office 365 cloud-based. This solution is ideal for businesses looking to take their first step into the world of cloud computing, or for those that simply don’t have a requirement for a more general cloud solution. In other words, if you are a small business with very few users, you will have very basic technology and support needs, and an Office 365 subscription will likely be suitable.
Benefits of Cloud-Based Office 365
There is also the possibility to choose a hybrid solution. This will combine cloud-based Office 365 with other critical applications that you wish to host in the cloud. A hybrid solution will still provide cost savings, while giving IT the control they need to set policies and user rights. Because a hybrid solution is always tailored to a business’s particular requirements, should you choose this approach, our experts will be able to guide you through the process – and ensure you end up with a solution that perfectly suits your business.
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. We are also a Microsoft Gold Partner, which enables us to deliver advances in cloud computing.