Hosted desktops deliver a huge range of benefits to organisations of all shapes and sizes. But, to achieve success, they need to be deployed and used correctly. Indeed, while getting up and running with a hosted desktop is relatively straightforward, it’s not as simple as plugging it in and switching it on.
Here are five top tips to ensure your hosted desktop setup is deployed to deliver success.
Establish a budget
The hosted desktop is a cost-effective solution, and it’s usually available for one low monthly cost. But you still need to establish a budget. Consider things like:
- How many people need to use a hosted desktop?
- How much storage do you need?
- Do you need additional security such as 2-Factor Authentication?
- What operating system do you need?
- Do you need any extra RAM?
- Do you need any bespoke features or customisations?
- Do you need any new hardware?
- Do you need an SQL Server?
At Cloud Geeni our hosted desktops start from just £25 per user.
It also pays to establish the cost savings and potential ROI in case you need to convince others in your business. For example, with a hosted desktop you’ll benefit from reduced set up costs, infrastructure costs, management costs and boosted productivity.
Choose the right infrastructure
Many different vendors provide hosted desktop services and products to support modern businesses. So it can be difficult deciding what the right set up for you is. At Cloud Geeni, our expert team of Microsoft Certified Engineers has all the skills needed to design and build a hosted desktop solution that is right for your organisation, and your budget.
You should also think about what apps you need as well as the hardware your hosted desktops will need to run on. For example, do you want thick clients, thin clients, zero clients, mobile devices or a combination of these? Each provides different benefits and drawbacks.
Decide where to store your data
Businesses of all sizes must be able to use and capitalise on all available data if they want to remain competitive. At the same time, having a secure server is a must, and your data storage processes must be compliant if you don’t want to fall foul of the GDPR.
Today, the cost of creating and maintain a robust physical server can be challenging for SMEs, but the cloud provides a more secure option than most companies can create for themselves.
Complying with an internationally recognised best practice framework, at Cloud Geeni our data centres are situated in the UK and are ISO27001 certified. This ensures you are working with a trustworthy provider committed to safeguarding your data.
Opt for a managed migration
There are a lot of things to consider when moving to a hosted desktop infrastructure. For example, as well as which platform, products and apps you should use, you also need to take into account any legacy systems that need to be integrated into your new setup. So it can be a complicated process.
Looking after your migration from start to finish, at Cloud Geeni we make sure that there isn’t any impact on your business operations. Our tried and trusted migration experts and proven methods keep everything simple; getting you up and running in no time. Your new cloud system will run parallel to your legacy one until the process is complete, and you only move when you have tested your new solution and confirmed you are happy.
Put ongoing support in place
With a managed approach, IT specialists are keeping an eye on your system all the time, making sure it’s running smoothly and quickly.
Managed desktop services also boast best-in-class backup and recovery processes. So you can be sure that your data is recoverable should something go wrong. All the latest software fixes and security updates are also made automatically and are constantly protecting your system.
Whenever you introduce new tech into an organisation, you should always plan thoroughly to assess your organisation’s needs up front and establish any issues. Providing a user experience that matches the performance of a physical PC, while meeting the needs of your mobile workforce, request a demo to see how our excellent hosted desktop solutions work in practice.