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Thursday, 21 February 2013 19:23

Hosted Desktops: Making the IT Guy’s Job a Breeze

Written by  Hunter McFadden

Traditionally, the role of the IT or IS department is to make sure that all required computing resources are up and running smoothly for an indefinite measure of time. Meaning the IT guy’s job is never done, from data migration, software installation and update, and even hardware repair and maintenance, the job is always stressful and there is always something that needs fixing. Hosted Desktops eliminate a number of these problems.

First of all, the biggest change to the IT guy’s routine is the elimination of the need for individual installation and update of new applications into each workstation that required it. This is replaced with a centralized control in the hosted desktop admin console where required applications are quickly added and updated based on which employee needs it and it can be pushed to multiple accounts at once.

Next, the need to maintain large and costly office computers that hinder all productivity when they bog down also vanishes. With GreenQube’s hosted desktop, the Qube, users can access their whole work environment using any device capable of viewing full web content. This removes the need for big specialized computers and requires the bare minimum downtime in case the device being used malfunctions; simply swap devices like laptops or tablets into a working one.

Also, the IT guy could rest easy knowing that backups are created automatically and handled by well trained professional data and security staff and can even be remotely managed. This assurance is invaluable, as can be seen on the added benefit of hosted desktops—portability and security.

Aside from being able to add and change applications on the fly and making the changes reflect on multiple users at once, hosted desktops have the added benefit of being really portable as you can go anywhere and access it on any device deemed compatible. Companies often use a lot of data encryption and security on the laptops that are being used by staff off site, just in case they are lost or stolen. Hosted desktops, being remote and all, means that there is no real data on the stolen device that an employee might have been using. So even if the device is stolen, the thief still needs the account credentials of the user. If a user’s credentials might have been compromised, it is easy to change security settings and even access.

Lastly, as you have seen from the foregoing discussion, the job of ten IT guys can now be done by a couple simply with the advent of hosted desktops. This translates to more savings on the part of the business enterprise, and a fulfilling job on the part of the IT guys.