Cloud computing services offer businesses a way to outsource the management and administration of their desktop environments. With a cloud service, a company can have all of its desktop applications hosted at a third-party data center and accessed conveniently over the Internet. The hosted desktop computing model eliminates the need for companies to maintain their own internal client computing infrastructure. A growing number of companies have been moving their desktop technologies to the cloud because of the many benefits that such a move can deliver.
Hosted desktops can help companies cut costs and complexity.
One of the biggest drivers of the trend has been reduced operating costs. Companies can significantly reduce the cost and complexity involved in maintaining a desktop infrastructure, by having it hosted and managed by a professional services firm. It also eliminates the need for them to maintain expensive desktop help desk and support staff. A hosted desktop architecture allows companies to focus on their core competencies while giving them the ability to fully leverage advances in desktop computing technologies. Cost however, is not the only factor.
A cloud hosted desktop model also offers increased flexibility on several fronts. With cloud hosting for instance, companies no longer have to worry about desktop upgrades or issues such as depreciation and obsolescence, because the cloud provider is the entity that owns and maintains the technology. Most cloud service providers let customers quickly add additional hardware resources as needed and to ramp down the usage when the additional resources are no longer needed. As a result, companies do not have to worry about issues such as scalability or optimizing hardware resource management. Cloud customers also often have access to a wider range of application software and operating system choices than they would have had if they had maintained the desktop environment in-house.
Better security, business continuity and disaster recoverability
Security and reliability are two other big reasons for considering the cloud. Most cloud providers offer data backup and data recovery services as part of their hosting portfolio. This mitigates the chances of catastrophic data loss or data corruption. Importantly, cloud providers host customer applications on geographically distributed servers and data centers. As a result, they offer better business continuity and disaster recovery capabilities compared to what a company would have been able to achieve within their own data centers. Customers can simply specify the amount of application uptime and availability they require in their service level agreements. The cloud provider is then responsible for ensuring that those service level agreements are met on a consistent basis.