The first commercially available desktop computer was released in 1964. By the 1990s, desktop computing had completely revolutionised the world of business – and desktops had become a seemingly permanent fixture in almost every office.
As they say, every dog has its day. However, when it comes to traditional desktop computers, that day has come and gone. Here’s why.
The costs of a traditional desktop computer are not limited to initial investment.
Software licenses, maintenance, support, in-house servers (not to mention all the wiring and cooling they require) – all of this costs money. In fact, according to research company Gartner, the annual costs associated with a traditional office computer are around £3,880 per year. Meaning 80 percent of the costs associated with maintaining a traditional office computer occur after the initial purchase.
A traditional desktop computer is an isolated treasure trove of documents, files and data. They also house all of the software and tools required for an employee to effectively carry out their job. If they go down, businesses experience disruption and, potentially, significant losses.
When it comes to cybersecurity, too, traditional desktops pose a huge risk. Separate machines require separate cybersecurity measures to be implemented and updated individually, making lapses more likely.
Whether it’s installing programs, fixing errors or decluttering overworked machines, traditional office desktop computers require ongoing maintenance to ensure they are operating properly.
This puts pressure on your IT team and reduces the amount of time they can spend on priority projects.
When different people use different processes to carry out their day-to-day duties, businesses can end up with multiple systems in place to do the same thing.
For example, take a business which operates two geographically dispersed offices. One office may favour Skype for Business for their internal comms; the other may favour Slack. This can lead to difficulties when it comes to inter-office communications. That may sound like a minor grievance. However, when many processes are duplicated, this can become a real headache and time-drain.
Traditional office desktops are tied to a specific location. This means that, in order to carry out their jobs effectively, workers need to physically go to their office. This is not always ideal.
For example, sick workers may feel physically well enough to work, but may have been advised not to attend the office in case of contagion. Or perhaps bad weather – not exactly a far-fetched scenario here on the Isle of Man – prevents workers from getting into work. Either way, offices using traditional desktop computers lose out.
The world of IT has been undergoing something of a revolution in recent years. Underpinning this process is a technology innovation known as cloud computing.
For those not in the know, cloud computing is the use of a network of remote servers hosted on the internet to store, manage, and process data, rather than a local server or a personal computer.
Cloud computing has ushered in a new world of computing – one that’s safer, more flexible and cheaper.
Indeed, it’s a particular cloud service – namely, hosted desktop – that’s rapidly replacing the traditional office computer.
Hosted desktop is a service that allows businesses to carry out the majority of their computing using remote servers. This means that authorised personnel can connect to their desktop – including all of the documents, programs and data they contain – from anywhere with an internet connection.
In essence, using hosted desktop, organisations are able to extend their business beyond their brick-and-mortar location. And doing so can be highly beneficial.
Hosted Desktop Improves Security
A big concern for some businesses considering moving to a hosted desktop solution is security. But the truth is that hosted desktop actually improves security rather than compromises it.
A good hosted desktop provider will perform regular back-ups of your data (which ensures your business can get back to normal almost immediately following any data loss) and will store your data in a highly secure, professionally managed server.
The Wi-Manx datacentre is built to the very highest standards. This means that our clients enjoy 24/7 monitoring, precision climate control and benefit from robust, enterprise-level physical and cyber security measures.
Traditional desktops are expensive to maintain. But surely a future-proof, next-generation technology solution such as hosted desktop is going to cost even more, right?
Wrong. In fact, research shows that, by choosing a hosted desktop solution, businesses can reduce costs significantly, with companies typically saving between 30 and 50 percent of their IT budgets over a four year period after moving to a hosted solution.
Previously, businesses expecting to undergo significant growth were required to invest in new servers capable of handling increased computational needs – regardless of whether the growth actually happened or not. As such, for start-ups and SMEs, accommodating for growth was expensive and risky.
With a hosted solution, you can scale up as you grow. This means you never pay for more than you use and that the risks and expenditure associated with growth are either reduced or completely eliminated.
Hosted desktop allows for seamless working from any location. This means that salespeople on the move, anyone who needs to work from home and people working out of hours can continue to work just as efficiently as they can from the office.
As such, businesses which choose hosted desktop can expect to benefit from increased productivity levels as well as more engaged and happier staff – who themselves benefit from the increased flexibility hosted desktop affords.
Hosted desktop is incredibly reliable. Because your servers will be managed by an expert, qualified team, the chances of you experiencing any disruption due to server failure are next to none.
In the unlikely event that there is an issue with your server, a hosted desktop solution will automatically switch over to another server in the cloud. This extra layer of protection means that your IT systems will be more reliable than ever before.
Today, it’s important that businesses take responsibility for their environmental impact.
At Wi-Manx, we believe that corporate responsibility should be more than just a buzzword or a promotional activity; the climate is changing, and it’s critical that we all do our bit to slow down and, hopefully, reverse those changes.
Hosted desktop solutions significantly reduce energy use and carbon emissions, making them more environmentally friendly than traditional desktop solutions.
If hosted desktop is something you’re interested in, you can find out more about it here. Alternatively, feel free to contact a member of our team – we would be happy to talk you through your options.
If you choose to move to a hosted desktop solution, remember that your existing computers will work just fine – there’s no need to buy new desktops.
At Wi-Manx, we are able to implement a professional, fully managed hosted desktop solution incredibly quickly. This means you can update your IT systems without disrupting your business operations.
Wi-Manx is an Isle of Man IT and telecoms provider offering a complete service for homes and businesses seeking resilient hosted desktop, voice, connectivity, datacentre, managed IT and cloud hosting solutions. To find out more about our solutions, contact us today on 01624 663333 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.