How VDI Can Benefit a Small Business
The business world is more competitive than ever today. While the internet creates a level playing, it also exposes both small and large companies to the same issues in terms of security and productivity. Contrary to what some may think, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) can benefit small businesses in multiple ways. As a small business owner, if you believe VDI is costly and complicated, then you’re still living in the past. At FileCloud, we have flexible pricing packages to suit both small and large businesses. What’s more, we go to great lengths to make your migration to VDI as smooth and straightforward as possible.
In this blog post, we’ll look at some reasons why small businesses need to consider moving to VDI.
1. VDI is Less Expensive
Shifting to VDI allows small businesses to save money in different ways. Let’s look at a scenario. Imagine a software development startup with about 20 employees. Typically, the management of such a company would have to purchase hardware and software for the employees to do their work. Remember, for the employees to do a good job, they need high-quality apps and devices, which can be quite expensive. Not to mention the time it would take IT staff to have all these devices setup, frequently update them and troubleshoot problems. All this adds up to more cost.
With VDI, the management of such a company can slash their cost drastically. First, instead of buying multiple copies of the same apps for employees to use, the company needs just one copy of each app. Also, instead of getting a device for each employee, only one powerful device is required for the data center. Once the apps are installed on the device in the data center, everyone has access to them. And employees can be encouraged to bring their own devices to work without compromising on security. But that’s not all, with VDI, your IT staff spend less time doing the same thing over and over again. Instead of installing and updating apps on different devices, all this is done once at the data center and everyone in the organization benefits from it.
2. VDI Supports Flexibility
The modern workplace has changed drastically over the past few decades. Today, you can work from anywhere – from your home, a coffee shop a few blocks from your office or even thousands of miles away on another continent. This has gone a long way to boost productivity. However, it has also led to some challenges. For example, how do you ensure that your workers are not using a compromised network connection? Also, how do you ensure that everyone you employ uses the same apps for uniformity and easy collaboration? Well, the answer is VDI.
VDI does not only protect you from the security risks associated with allowing your employees to work from anywhere, but it also guarantees that they have all the apps they need. What’s more, you can perform vital updates right from your data center. With VDI, you can run a completely virtual workplace and still enjoy the same security and collaborative advantages as companies that have a physical workplace. After all, outsourcing is very important for small businesses. But it is not just about allowing your employees to work from anywhere, VDI allows your workers to use any device of their choice – a laptop, desktop, tablet or even a phone!
3. VDI Gives You a Competitive Advantage
To succeed in the fast-paced world today, you need to respond to opportunities and challenges quickly, but this is not always possible. VDI gives small businesses a competitive advantage by allowing you to collaborate easily and serve your clients better. Since your workers have all the apps they need to work at any time, they can get their job done faster. FileCloud has various tools to support collaboration including allowing you to receive notifications when files are changed and supporting custom workflows to automate specific processes.
VDI also reduces downtime and prevents accidents from holding up your work. How many times have we heard about a project getting paused momentarily because someone’s device got spoilt and it has to be fixed before the work can continue since it contains all the files? You never have to deal with this ever again if you move to VDI. This is because the files and apps are stored at the data center. Therefore, you don’t have to deal with such unforeseen delays. Ultimately, VDI allows you to provide the best service to your clients and beat the competition.
4. VDI Means Better Security
Hacking is one of the biggest security threats of this era, and small companies are not exempted. One of the best ways to guarantee security in your company is to use VDI. For starters, you don’t have to worry about a malware attack once you have reliable updated antivirus software installed on the computer in your data center. Typically, companies rely on each worker to install and update the antivirus on their devices, but we all know that not everyone does it. Some may forget, some may not prioritize security so much, and some may not even know how to go about it. But why leave the safety of vital data in the hands of your workers when you can guarantee it is safe at all times with VDI? When you choose FileCloud, you are protected at all times whether your employees are working remotely or at the office. We encrypt your files both at rest and while in transit. We also provide ransomware protection and support integration with your antivirus software.
VDI does not only provide security by preventing unauthorized access, but it also prevents data loss. FileCloud allows you to backup and
It is clear that small businesses can benefit from VDI just as much as large corporations. At FileCloud, we understand that every company is different. Therefore, we strive to provide you a solution that meets the peculiar needs of your business; from allowing you to choose how you want to host your files to allow you to customize and manage your VDI platform as you want, we ensure that our solutions are tailor-fitted for the problems your business is facing.
Author: Rahul Sharma