Is a hybrid approach to the hosted desktop on the horizon?

One way firms are capitalising on the power of the cloud is through the virtual desktop. But, while switching to a cloud-enabled hosted desktop is easy, some organisations remain unwilling to ditch their on-premises tech; mainly due to apprehensions about security. In fact, according to the latest annual report from the Business Continuity Institute, cyber-attacks and data breaches are the two biggest perceived threats to business continuity today.

70% of organisations are concerned about the security and privacy of data and systems in the cloud.[1]

In reality, and contrary to what the doubters think, moving to the cloud doesn’t have to put your business-critical information at any more risk. In fact, it can make it safer. But what can you do if you simply don’t like the idea of storing your sensitive data externally, but do want to enjoy the benefits of the cloud? A hybrid approach to desktop delivery could be the answer.

Types of hosted desktop

A hosted desktop works just like a standard computer. Staff open their computers and access all the files and applications needed to do their jobs. But, unlike a traditional desktop, all the necessary settings, data, and operating system are delivered over the internet, rather than stored on the computer’s hard drive.

  • Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). VDI lets users access their personalised desktop, including all their data and applications, from anywhere with an internet connection. This is done by hosting the user’s desktop operating system on a virtual machine in a centralised server that you manage. So, implementing VDI requires in-house expertise and ongoing maintenance. Because all data lives in a data centre, there are security benefits to VDI. For example, should a laptop get stolen, the thief can’t take any data from the device because there is no data held on it.
  • Desktop as a Service (DaaS). With DaaS, your virtual desktop data, OS, and applications are hosted in the cloud and managed by service provider. You simply pay a subscription to your vendor, and you only ever pay for what you need. So, DaaS doesn’t require any large-scale infrastructure investment or ongoing maintenance. And, with robust cloud encryption now available, storing data in the cloud can be safer than storing it onsite. Find out more about keeping data safe in the cloud.

What is a hybrid hosted desktop?

One possible solution to desktop delivery is a hybrid model, where businesses deploy and manage both on-premises and cloud-hosted desktops. Under the hybrid approach, while these desktop models exist separately, they also interact with each other to provide a range of combined benefits.

What are the advantages of a hybrid desktop?

  • Superior scalability. A hybrid model can deploy the cloud to handle spikes in VDI usage
  • Maximised uptime. By removing some of the pressure from your VDI, you’re less likely to experience outages
  • Increased peace of mind. Dedicated servers can be used to store highly confidential information, with the cloud used to support less sensitive data
  • Reduced costs. You can leverage the power of business-class DaaS to support your VDI without any significant increase in investment. So, resources can be allocated to business critical projects that support growth
  • Ease of use. Your employees don’t need to log in and log out of many different devices
  • Increased productivity. Employees have access to everything they need wherever they need it; even if they aren’t in the office.

For many firms, the hybrid hosted desktop offers the best of both worlds. But it doesn’t come without challenges. Designing, deploying and managing a hybrid solution needs considerable skill and an understanding of any wider infrastructure challenges, so it makes sense to find a trusted partner who can handle this for you.

A managed approach to your hosted desktop solution

At Cloud Geeni, we’ll work with you to advise on, and devise the right solution for you. What’s more, with our managed approach, IT specialists are watching your system all the time, making sure it’s running smoothly and quickly. Our 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.

 

To see how our excellent hosted desktop solutions work in practice, request a demo today.

 

[1] https://www.netwrix.com/2016cloud_security_report.html