A virtual desktop looks and feels just like a physical PC or laptop. Virtual desktops are preconfigured images of operating systems and applications in which the desktop environment is separated from the physical computer used to access it and they are hosted within datacentres.
Users can securely access their virtual desktops via the internet using any endpoint user device, such as a laptop, smartphone or tablet to provide the same experience as sitting in front of a PC.
Virtual desktops can have better security than physical desktop computers as data is stored within the data centre and not on individual endpoint machines, which can allow for greater data security. If an endpoint device is stolen, it does not contain any data for thieves to access.
For organisations with a flexible workforce, virtual desktops have a clear advantage. IT administrators can quickly and easily allocate virtual PC’s without the need to provision expensive physical machines to users who might only need them for a short time.
Because virtual desktops require less physical equipment and maintenance, they can be more cost-effective than physical computers.
An IT department can easily manage a large number of dispersed virtual desktops from a central location. Software updates are faster and easier because they can be done all at once instead of machine by machine.
Thin clients are all that are needed for virtual desktops because the computing power for the desktops is coming from a powerful cloud platform hosted within a data centre.
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