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09-September-2014

Virtual Desktops – Redefining the concept of mobile computing

Let’s start with a startling fact: in Australia alone, there are 8.8 million smartphone users, representing approximately 40% of our population. Each of these users is now utilising their smartphones for a range of purposes, ranging from gaming and music, through to working and remaining in touch with their network. In fact, the ability to ‘get online’ is now easier than ever due to increasing coverage of 3G and 4G networks, meaning more and more people are accessing their digital life 24/7 from everywhere and anywhere.

From a business point of view this has repercussions which need to be considered. Not only are there increasing IT security concerns to consider, but from a business point of view, how do you tap into this new mobile psyche to ensure that you provide a working environment for your employees which they are familiar with and which will encourage them to operate to their optimum within. And how do you provide platforms – above and beyond smartphones – and ensure that employees are utilising systems which tie in with your core operating systems or as importantly, how are you ensuring that you are capturing the IP created on these mobile platforms and not losing it forever?

In simple terms, the cloud is the answer to most of these questions. Not only in terms of Software as a Service (SaaS) in terms of Infrastructure as a Service (SaaS) as well. The cloud has enabled businesses to better leverage the resources they have access to and to scale up or down by tapping into shared resources. Today concepts such as “Bring your own device” and “Virtual desktop” are becoming commonplace in business vernacular and business planning. Whilst many people question the efficacy of the technology – in terms of support, speed of computing and so forth, we can assure you that the HarbourIT Virtual Desktop environment is comprised of leading edge technology and backed by 24 Hour 365 day service, meaning no matter what your demands, we have the solution for you. Not only are your capital overheads greatly diminished, but your workforce flexibility is enhanced allowing you to manage geographically spread workforces, control IP and manage changing business demands. With Harbour IT we utilise 2 key solutions from market leading providers

1. Citrix XenDesktop – Consistently reviewed as a market leading Virtualised desktop platform with superior connection speeds for businesses of all sizes

2. VMWare View – An enterprise grade platform designed to add flexibility and function to businesses

Both platform infrastructures are easily accessed by you and your team and are supported by Flexpod – a purpose built single-platform technology which enables a virtualised user environment which will run on just about any device that was traditionally being delivered by PCs.

Without doubt, virtualisation and mobile computing have been two of the core change agents responsible for shifting the dynamic in how businesses operate. As such, in the not too distant future, business growth and scalability will be less a function of cash flow and the ability to buy new computing power, and more a function of efficiency and a mobility based workforce. Now is the time to get on board and embrace the advantages it brings.

Learn more about virtual desktops and how they can be of help to your business by contacting our offices today.

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