We have successfully transitioned the majority of our Orange County IT support clients to virtual servers, with some of these virtual servers residing in-house still, and some of them fully in the cloud. However, there are many of our clients that are still using standard desktop computers for their employees. It can be hard to spot the benefits of utilizing virtual desktops when you still have to use a device to access the virtual machine.
Ransomware & Malware
One of the biggest benefits of having a virtual desktop is the ability to protect yourself from Ransomware attacks. When a computer has been infected by Ransomware, it essentially takes over the entire computer and will not let you access anything until you pay the ransom. If you are using a virtual machine, however, you can just remove the infected machine, and replace it with the latest snapshot of the machine prior to the infection.
This also works for stubborn malware that seems to keep coming back. You can delete the entire virtual machine and replace it with a snapshot of the machine from an earlier date. You just need to make sure the computer is being backed up at regular intervals, to prevent any kinds of data loss.
Access from Anywhere
One of the biggest benefits of using a virtual desktop is the ability to access the machine from anywhere. In the past, if you wanted to work on files or systems back at the office, you would have to create complicated VPNs or simply go into the office. Now, with a virtual desktop, you can work just as easily from the beach as you can sitting in your office. As long as you have an internet connection, you can sign into your virtual desktop and work.
If your business is in serious growth mode, or you have been experiencing some high turnover, virtual desktops could be a lifesaver for you. Setting up a new workstation for a user can be as easy as creating an account for them. Instead of provisioning a workstation everytime you hire a new employee, you can spin up a new workstation based on a template quickly. This eliminates a lot of setup time required to create new users.
Finally, as you create these virtual environments, you are able to control the programs and files that are stored on the workstation. If you don’t want your users to install different programs or plugins or applications, you can prevent them from doing so. This gives the users a more uniform environment that matches the rest of the employees so you can keep an eye on productivity.
If you are still on the fence about whether or not to transition to virtual desktops, definitely schedule a chat with us to see if virtualization is a good fit for your company. We can analyze your network and let you know if the benefits will outweigh the costs for your particular environment.