It’s Time to Consider Remote Hosted Desktops

For many organizations, their ability to remain afloat in 2020 and for the foreseeable future, very much depends upon supporting a remote workforce. While there can be many advantages to work remotely or on-the-go, this relatively new form of working especially in such volume, likely makes more than a few employers a little nervous. Not only do they not have direct physical oversight of their employees, they also don’t have as much direct control over the workstations and devices their employees are using either. In this article, we will discuss some of the benefits employers can expect to experience by using remote hosted desktops. In the end, many organizations will likely view them as an effective way to regain a significant amount of organization and control over valuable assets.

What is a Remote Hosted Desktop?

A remote hosted desktop has its infrastructure, consisting of working memory, software, data, and operating system, residing in the cloud. One of the obvious advantages to this is that IT administrators can now have easier access to the configurations of desktop machines throughout a company even though the employees using computer equipment are all working throughout a broad geographical region.

Powerful and Affordable

Employees that use software requiring significant amounts of computing power can benefit from using a remote hosted desktop model. Anyone that uses graphic-intensive apps such as Adobe editing software or AutoCAD will appreciate both the scalability and affordability of hosting these processes in the cloud rather than from an independent machine. Computing consumption can be more economical as businesses only have to pay for a virtualized GPU. Hosting subscriptions can often be less expensive than buying the high-powered workstations required by such power-intensive apps.

Manage Anywhere

Anyone that works in retail knows that managing inventory, along with assets and supply chain components typically means working between both online and mobile environments. By using a remote hosted desktop configuration, employees can manage processes from any device in any location. Retail processes that especially benefit from a remote hosted desktop include deploying software updates and evaluating warehouse inventories across multiple locations.

New Options for Healthcare

Healthcare has always been slow to adopt technological changes, largely due to heavy regulations intended to protect confidential patient data. However, with the advent of COVID-19, the use of telemedicine has skyrocketed throughout the globe. Now physicians and other healthcare experts can deliver helpful medical care to patients through the use of virtualized desktops. With the great demand for and overall success of telemedicine, it’s likely that the delivery of effective healthcare has permanently moved in a new direction.

Call Centers

It’s already fairly well known that call centers were one of the first groups that moved to working from remote locations. Since this type of work typically has a high employee turnover rate and available bandwidth has substantially improved in the past few years, it should come as no surprise that this type of work will also likely permanently shift to remote positions only.

A cloud-based workspace is ideal for these types of positions since employees typically require all the same applications. Multi-factor authentication and data encryption security features which can be built into remote hosted desktops, also provide greater incentive for companies to switch to cloud-based workspaces for these types of positions.

Freelancers

Although companies continue to operate mainly outside the traditional office setting, they still may need to contract with freelancers, especially during the upcoming holiday season. Remote hosted desktops allow companies to hire the temporary employees they need, without being burdened by some of the more traditional steps associated with onboarding new staff.

Cloud-based remote desktops offer employers much in the way of tighter control and security over valuable data. IT administrators can easily limit freelancers by only giving them access to the tools and files they need to perform their duties. Onboarding is also simplified, as companies can bring freelancers on simply by providing them with a username and password.

If you’d like to know more about the benefits of remote hosted desktops, please contact us.

Reasons to Engage a Professional for IT Managed Services

Reasons to Engage a Professional for IT Managed Services

Having a quality technology infrastructure in place is very important for businesses of all sizes. Unfortunately, the constant changes to technology can make it hard for the average business to keep up. For those that would like to have a quality IT system in place at all times, hiring a third-party IT managed services provider could be very beneficial.

A managed services provider could provide you with a range of different services that could be very beneficial for your business.

Implementation

One of the first things that an IT managed services provider will be able to do for you is implement a new IT system. The managed services provider will be able to work with you to first understand your data and network needs. They will then be able to help you establish a cloud-based or traditional network that is convenient for all people in your organization. They will also be able to utilize the most advanced data security systems today, which will help to protect your business and customer data.

IT Management

Once you have had your network and systems established, the managed services provider will next be able to provide you with ongoing management and support. The company will be able to provide you with all necessary services to ensure that your network and systems are functional and secure. This will include regularly reviewing your systems for evidence of data or security hacks and finding ways to improve your existing systems.

The IT managed services provider can also provide you with traditional help desk support. This will help to ensure that your computers and network systems are up and running, which can help to make your business as efficient as possible.

If you are in need of IT support, you should contact us to learn more about how our services could help you.

How Cloud Technologies Can Streamline Your Business Processes

How Cloud Technologies Can Streamline Your Business Processes

Companies probably notice there is frequently a lot of buzz about the cloud in the technological world. However, there are actually good reasons as to why a business would want to investigate cloud technologies further, mainly because the cloud allows companies to accomplish more, while using fewer resources such as their time and money.

Companies who want to always stay a step ahead of their competition are wise to research the tech world’s increasing promotion of cloud technologies.

So what kinds of advantages do cloud services really offer a company? A few of the advantages include concepts like:

  • Availability 24/7 – Support teams for cloud services are available 24/7, meaning employees working on a task late at night don’t have to wait to get help from the more traditional 9-to-5 IT center as in years past.
  • Accomplish Work Tasks Anywhere – Many employees work at home or on the go or spend most of their work day with clients at their office. As this trend continues, employees and their managers will increasingly expect higher levels of mobility from their technology. Cloud services delivers on the anytime, anywhere office.
  • Greater Connectivity – Businesses, especially those who are taking advantage of the newer IoT technologies available, find vital information from scanners, smart meters, phones, etc., all working together to create instant information connections through the main access point of cloud services.
  • Increased Collaboration – Having those instantaneous information connections allows employees to collaborate with each other at anytime and from anywhere. An employee working on a report at their corporate headquarters can work directly with another employee halfway across the country in real-time on the same report.
  • Reduced Storage Costs – Companies also find that cloud services are simply more practical from a hardware perspective. As businesses grow, it can become quite expensive to house all the hardware necessary to support their increased data. Cloud technologies cut down on these storage costs so businesses can use their funds for other purposes.

Want to know more about what cloud services can do for your organization? Contact us.

5 Top Extensions for Microsoft Edge

5 Top Extensions for Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge is the new default Windows browser for Windows 10. It doesn’t have as many browser extensions as Chrome or Firefox. However, there are already a few awesome extensions for Microsoft Edge you should know about.

Adblock Plus

Nobody enjoys seeing endless ads on their computer screen when all they want to do is read their favorite news sites. Adblock Plus is an extension that will help block unwanted ads. Use it to enjoy an ad-free browsing experience.

Ghostery

Afraid of websites tracking your browsing history and collecting data? Ghostery will stop tracking codes that are found in websites you visit. Doing this will also speed up the load times of those sites.

LastPass

In this age of cyber threats, it’s important to safeguard your online data by using secure passwords. One way of doing this is by using a password manager, which will generate a different password for every site you have an account on. You can control all your passwords and log in to any site by accessing your password manager. You can sync your accounts on multiple devices.

Save to Pocket

Ever saw an interesting article that you wanted to read, but couldn’t because you had no time? With Save to Pocket, you can now save interesting articles to your Pocket account. You can access your saved articles from any device.

Office Online

Office Online lets you access your Office 365 account straight from your browser. You can access and edit your documents. You can also create new ones.

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Cloud Servers vs. Dedicated Servers: What’s a Better Fit For Your Business?

Cloud Servers vs. Dedicated Servers: What's a Better Fit For Your Business?
Cloud Servers

With everything moving online through SaaS like Oracle, Taleo, and Salesforce, data backup is becoming a less and less unfamiliar idea. Many companies have employees that telecommute or sell software in the field, and having established networks so people can securely access information from anywhere is becoming more and more business critical. So one of the few remaining questions is: should your business store data on cloud servers or dedicated servers?

Benefits of Cloud Servers

Data is increasingly compact even as available storage grows exponentially beyond what experts thought possible even a decade ago. All of your business’s client information, employee files, and financial records will most likely take up less than a whole server or storage array, so you shouldn’t have to pay for one.

Cloud servers let your company use whatever percentage of a server you need to run your business, and they even take into account dips and surges in what you need during your business’s busy season. Backup as a service also means your data is managed by a third-party company and you can access your data in a managed virtual environment that’s easy to read and search.

Benefits of Dedicated Servers

Sometimes businesses aren’t allowed to use cloud-based servers due to stringent security requirements and classified information, and they need to store company information on dedicated servers that are physically isolated and protected.

Mega corporations with dedicated IT departments and highly predictable usage might also benefit from using dedicated servers. But if you have a small or growing company, managing your own data without the flexibility of the cloud for spikes or idle periods can be costly.

Cloud-based backup is quick, cost-effective, and grows with your business during its ups and downs. Start getting the data backup that fits your business in minutes with Bluwater Technologies’s back up solutions here.