Cloud Computing is the tool that has allowed all these devices to connect, stay in touch, be up to date, and improve the performance of our lives. With the growth of the tablet world it was a critical foundational element of this growth. Without the cloud the acceptance, growth, and value of mobile devices dwindles, but with it we see an explosion of useful new tools accessing the clouds.
13 million tablets and counting…cloud computing leads this growth.
The unstoppable rise of smartphone and tablet usage drives the demand for desktop access on mobile devices through clouds, and with 13 million tablets predicted to be purchased by businesses in 2013 the mobile trend will enhance flexible work policies. Cloud computing is the trend leading this growth as it keeps us connected with all our devices.
At the intersection of the consumerization of IT, BYOD, mobile device-crazed consumers, and flexible work environments you find a need for cloud desktops.
There is no question that the personal computer (PC) has brought tremendous value to both the business and the individual and experts predict that more than one trillion devices will be connected to the Internet in years to come. Individuals do not use PCs because the tangible hardware or operating system is valuable, but because of the real and perceived value of the desktop, applications and information.
Just as the PC has continued to evolve, a parallel technology has been driving innovation and efficiencies in the datacenter: virtualization. Virtualization is nothing new. In fact, it has been around for decades. However, a more recent application of this technology has been applied to desktops. Separating the hardware from the desktop running on top of it has significant benefits for the user and the business. For the employee or home user, it provides the flexibility and mobility to access their desktop from any computing device – including home computers, laptops or the latest mobile device.
Employees who bring their own computers
The BYOD movement in the workplace is the result of the Consumerization of IT. This popular trend is used to describe employees who bring their own computers and mobile devices to the workplace, often times without the explicit permission of IT. They connect to corporate networks on these devices, and store both personal and work related data. Although encouraging BYOD provides some serious cost-savings, CIO’s often lose sleep over security concerns.
Flexibility is the mantra of this decade. Companies are rebuilding their work environments, and they are doing it in a much more flexible manner.
With an increase in flex hour policies and telecommuting, employees are no longer tied to their workstations between the hours of 9am and 5pm. Additionally, organizations are hiring more consultants and temporary workers who need to get up and running fast with fully loaded work stations.
Cloud desktops provide a safe and secure platform that not only supports these trends, but enhances the user’s experience.
What is a Cloud Desktop?
Historically, a user’s regular desktop has been tied to the specific hardware running the underlying operating system. Today through Cloud Computing, a cloud desktop operates and becomes a virtual machine running in a datacenter and accessible from a Web browser. Each cloud desktop behaves like a physical desktop in that users can customize it however they like (installing applications, changing background images, what have you). However unlike physical desktops, a cloud desktop is no longer tied to a particular physical device.
With a cloud desktop you can run complex applications that are traditionally not supported by your device. For example, you can access Photoshop on your iPad or run sales demos of a product on a tablet.
Traditional Desktops offer individuality, personalization and are based on distributed users. Virtualization is associated with flexibility, mobility and cost effectiveness. Security is perceived as being inflexible, rigid and controlled.
One will quickly realize that cloud desktops offer immense benefits. It can be deployed quickly, are cost effective, and in the case of a Desktop as a Service offering, require no upfront capital expenditure. The added benefit of the virtual desktops is an ability to manage, protect, communicate and monitor with far greater security than the traditional desktop counterpart.