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Considerations When Moving to Hosted Virtual Desktops

Considering a move to hosted virtual desktops or applications in the cloud? Great! In this post we’ll try to outline some of the issues — and potential perils — that you should consider before taking the plunge.

PERFORMANCE OF VIRTUAL DESKTOPS IN THE CLOUD

Let’s talk about what really matters: how fast an application launches, how quickly you can download from your email, the speed at which you can browse the web, how fast you can copy files from your PC and more. These are things that most computer users never think about but at cloud my office, we know they’re what make or break the cloud desktop experience.

We test how fast you can launch Microsoft Word, browse to google.com and open your email attachments every day. We even test how long it takes to log in to a working desktop. The engineers at Cloud My Office want our system to be the fastest desktop that our users have ever seen and we strive for that every day!

CLOUD DESKTOP BACKUPS

It’s easy to assume that once your data is in the cloud, it’s backed up and taken care of. Out of sight, out of mind, right? Wrong. There are lots of providers out there who do not provider regular backups of their infrastructures, or charge a hefty extra fee for the service.

At Cloud My Office, we take care to ensure that we always have backups of client data. We use a special process to take a backup of your downloads, documents, desktop and any company shares twice during the day. You can actually browse and recover files from these backups yourself — without calling support!

In addition to the backups we take during the business day, we also store disaster recovery backups. These are intended to protect hosted virtual desktop clients against catastrophic events.

PRINTING IN THE OFFICE CLOUD

Believe it or not, printing is probably the biggest problem involved in virtual desktop cloud computing. Windows hosted virtual desktops are notorious for crashing due to poorly written print drivers, not working properly with common office-grade printers and many more issues.

At Cloud My Office, we’ve spent significant time and effort working on printer problems and have some solutions that we think really go a long way toward resolving this problem. First, our US-based telephone support engineers can help you connect your printer up to your PC or thin client, even if it’s a network printer instead of a USB or parallel printer. Once your printer is connected to your PC, you can connect to your Cloud My Office desktop and have instant access to all of your printers.

We’ve installed certified drivers for some really common modes from Ricoh, HP, Savin and similar vendors. We also have generic drivers from Citrix and Microsoft. Typically you won’t even have to think about printing from your Cloud My Office desktop — it iwll just work!

CORPORATE COLLABORATION IN HOSTED VIRTUAL DESKTOPS

You can’t give up the ability to collaborate effectively if you’re going to move your employees to the cloud. Make sure that you can specify shared network space that is controlled on a per-user basis and backed up periodically.

At Cloud My Office, you can create up to 10 private network drives for your users. Then you can drag-and-drop different users into the shares to assign permissions, using the same interface that you’re used to for your applications. Specify shares for HR, accounting, senior staff, manufacturing and many more with just a few clicks. Our storage space prices are competitive, too!

CLOUD HOSTED DESKTOPS CONCLUSION

Hopefully we’ve shed a bit of light on some of the things you need to look for — and watch out for — if you’re considering a move to the cloud. See you around!

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