Your SME in the cloud

Published on 12/03/2015 in Solutions & services

Your SME in the cloud

The ultimate form of cloud computing! All your data and applications made available on every device and every location via a virtual desktop. Especially when discussing business continuity, this concept has interesting merits.

What is it?
In a virtual desktop environment, applications aren’t located on the device itself. They are kept in the datacenter, and offered to their users via the cloud. The user experience is the same as you’d get with locally running applications. Users can access their own environment from a computer or mobile device. Whenever you log in, your desktop is waiting just like you left it, no matter which device you’re using. Every user can make his or her own virtual desktop, with their own icon organisation and background image.

What are the benefits?
Flexibility, of course, is key here. Users can always pick up where they left off and continue their work, no matter their location or the device they’re using. The platform grows according to your needs. You can use the expertise offered by your service supplier, such as Proximus – the technical infrastructure and any alterations to it are not your responsibility. “Another advantage is the security of this system. In case a problem arises (theft, device crash, fire, etc.), your employee can almost immediately get back to work on any other device; your data are never lost,” asserts Bernard Philipe, Product Manager Cloud at Proximus.

When it comes to matters of business continuity, the merits of a virtual desktop formula are manyfold. “All data and applications are kept safely at one external datacenter; backups are kept at another. This way, companies can count on a so-called end to end solution,” Philippe continues, “because they can place their entire IT environment in a professional datacenter, thus guaranteeing continuity. That’s usually preferable to doing everything in house.” The virtual desktop concept is a total package. It entails not only the physical server infrastructure, but also all software licences. You’ll never have to worry about application licences anymore; they’re included in the fee. This way, the price per user is completely transparent.

That price usually also encompasses the necessary server capacity and a 24/7 service guaranteeing that your applications and data are available at all times. All the user now needs, are relatively ‘light’ – and inexpensive – devices.

Why take the step?
“We notice several motives within organisations,” Bernard Philipe confirms. In the past, companies were only concerned with continuity and the safety of their information. Today, the employees’ point of view is often an important part of the equation. There might be a lot of mobile users within the company, or employees that regularly use multiple devices to do their jobs, while the company lacks the opportunity of developing its business application for the web or for mobile devices. Maybe the company simply wishes to make sure all data is kept in one centralised location, or maybe it simply doesn’t have in-house IT specialists.

Whatever the reasons, a desktop solution is quick to build. Proximus can provide an entirely modular solution with a virtual desktop, servers, data backup, solid security measures and integration with phones and videoconferencing systems.
This way, your entire infrastructure is heading for the cloud.


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