Cloud-based solutions for the workplace are powerful and adaptable tools for corporate decision-makers. Cloud-managed services such as virtual desktops allow for a wide range of practical benefits--desktop compartmentalization, performance increases, enhanced security, and cost-savings to name a few--that traditional IT setups struggle to match.
Virtual Desktops (VD) are operating systems that run remotely, either via the Internet or a local network for the home or workplace. By running the systems on dedicated virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) servers, the entire system is handled remotely and all data is made accessible via the cloud.
The key elements to a VDI approach are the endpoints (user desktops) and the data center (servers). As the user endpoints are only required to run the software required to link with the backend servers, the user machines themselves do not require particularly high performance parts. In addition, with the computing load shifted to centralized data servers, maintenance and performance monitoring is centralized. Faults can be isolated and repaired quickly and without the need for extensive hardware analysis on the user's end.