If you are considering making the switch to a Hosted Desktop system for your business so you can enjoy the many benefits of cloud computing including anytime, anywhere access to your own Windows desktop along with automated back-ups and reduced capital outlay in comparison to a traditional system, then there are a few things you need to know.
What’s Powering Your Desktop?
What it comes down to when making the switch to a Hosted Desktop is the system that powers the desktop: There are differences and these differences can actually have quite profound effects. In fact in some cases, you may find that the main requirements you had that drove you towards a hosted system in the first place cannot actually be met. Now wouldn’t that be a waste of investment?A Couple of Scenarios
Let’s look at a couple of examples to help you. Say your business is a heavy user of graphic intensive applications, such as CAD, AutoCAD Lite or Photoshop. Your idea was that you could access these remotely from any device. You may have wanted to be able to run demos or present designs whilst at a client’s premises by logging into your hosted desktop. However, without the right system behind it, it just won’t be possible.
Your business supports BYOD working and you are thinking of Making the Switch to a Hosted Desktop. Staff use a whole host of different devices. Some work on Windows, some on iOS. You might have a few using Android devices, and maybe some using Mac, Blackberry or HTML5. You’ll expect all of them to be able to login to their remote desktops and work or communicate to their hearts’ content. However, it is not a given that they’ll be able to do this. In fact one of most commonly used systems used to power hosted desktops actually only supports Windows devices, and that same system doesn’t offer any sort of enhancement for mobile working, meaning what you see on the screen may appear out of sorts, making for a difficult user experience. Something that may be key when making the switch to a Hosted Desktop.
Microsoft versus Citrix.
The system we’re referring to that has limited features, the one that’s commonly used because it offers a fairly economical way to power a hosted desktop, is Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Services (RDS). Here at Binary Bank, we favour what we believe is a far superior product, and that’s Citrix XenApp. In fact we believe in it so strongly, that we made the decision to offer it at a cost that’s comparable to the Microsoft product, because we’d rather our clients enjoy a far richer and flexible experience with their remote desktop.
Citrix XenApp does support the remote use of graphic intensive applications courtesy of granular load balancing and other added features. It is compatible with all operating systems. It has a mobility pack that improves interaction with mobile devices using intelligent recognition and rendering of tablet optimised desktops.
There’s far more control with XenApp. Control over the user experience thanks to its bandwidth management feature, something exclusive to Citrix. There is also a greater range of options when it comes to data security too, and there is no need to update your server operating system either, as it’s fully compatible with all of them. Plus it supports remote print management via its universal print server. RDS doesn’t.
The Last Word.
At Binary Bank we’ve been providing a range of hosted services, including hosted email and offsite back-ups, & disaster recovery services since 2004. Over the years we’ve witnessed new technologies develop and this has allowed us great insight into which of them best suit particular situations and applications.
We champion Citrix XenApp as the power behind a versatile and feature rich hosted desktop. If you are about to make the move to hosted services, make sure you take time to ensure the system you choose will support your needs and the way you work. Don’t forget, not all hosted desktops are equal.