Hosted Desktop For Retail, Wholesale and Manufacturing
Tying these diverse industries together is the need for dedicated industry specific software managing stock control, bill of material, logistics, billing, accounting, and customer support. While many web based “cloud” applications are becoming available these don’t always provide the feature rich functionality of desktop (client – server) applications demanded by these industries. That doesn’t mean however, that these desktop applications can’t run in the cloud, and that businesses can’t enjoy the benefits that cloud computing can offer.
A hosted desktop solution replaces the application running on your desktop PC with an identical one running on a remote server. It also replaces the main database stored on an onsite server with one running alongside the remote desktop. Users access their application using remote desktops services from wherever they have an Internet connection. They applications will look, feel and work exactly as they did when installed locally on their PC.
So, what are the cloud benefits being enjoyed by businesses using a hosted desktop solution:
- Application Sharing
Traditionally businesses would invest in complex IT systems to provide a network platform to run their line of business software. With a hosted desktop solution that expense and hassle is removed and replaced with a secure, reliable, flexible and cost effective system that can scale to suit the business needs.
- Run the application you want.
If you run an older version of an off the shelf software package you may not be able to enjoy all the benefits that the cloud computing revolution can bring. The software vendors oblige you to upgrade to their latest version, often moving to a subscription model so you are paying for life. With a hosted desktop solution you get all the benefits of cloud computing but can run any version of your software you like.
- Multiple Branches
Many businesses will operate from multiple branches, sometimes with branches, depots or factories in several countries. A hosted desktop solution means that no matter which branch you work at you will enjoy the same experience working on your applications as any other. Databases and files can be easily shared across all the branches and the solution can scale to an almost limitless number of users.
Whether working in your office, customer’s site, hotel or café. A hosted remote desktop allows you to run your application anywhere there is an Internet connection, including using a 3G or 4G connection via your mobile phone. You can also run it on your favourite tablet, including iPads and Android tablets.
- Reliability and Security
While some software companies have developed whole systems that are web (cloud) based there is always a trade-off and you lose some features and functionality. Other vendors have implemented “interesting” cloud based synchronisation solutions to try and provide the same flexibility you get from cloud computing while still retaining the feature rich desktop application. These could suffer from corruption when things don’t sync correctly and often require a decent fast broadband connection.
With hosted desktop everything, including the desktop application and the database runs in the cloud. No applications or data are held on your PC, so everything “just works”, and if the Internet goes down, no need to panic, everything will be there just as you left it when it’s back up again.
Moving To Our Service Is Easy and From only £19.90 per Month
Moving to hosted desktops for your business is really straightforward, all the setup, installation is done for you and we’ll help you copy your data up. It’s also risk free, you can test your applications with copies of your data to make sure everything works as expected and then cutover with a final data copy when you and your business users are happy.
Hosted desktops cost from as little as £19.90 per user per month, that’s less than your average mobile phone contract.
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