Day: June 14, 2013

Key Metrics for Hosted Desktops

Key Metrics Hosted Desktops OTNO Blog

IronOrbit Hosted Desktop Solutions are more cost-effective, secure, reliable, manageable, and scalable than on-site IT infrastructures. Businesses don’t have to purchase any on-site servers or hire any on-premise IT personnel—with IronOrbit Desktop Hosting, all they need to access their virtual hosted desktop solution are web-enabled devices such as PCs, tablets, and smartphones. IronOrbit protects our hosted desktops with Orbital Security, which involves a firewall, antivirus, antispyware, SPAM blocker, patch management, file encryption, IPS/IDS, and content filter. The features of our hosted desktops also include: managed daily backups, AST Speed Technology (a speed and scalability optimizer), 24x7x365 infrastructure maintenance and technical support, and our industry-best 100% uptime guarantee.

Contact one of our helpful sales representatives for a free demo to see our hosted desktops perform in real time, or sign up for a 30 day free trial to try them out yourself. If you’re looking for some hard data about the benefits of IronOrbit Hosted Desktop Solutions, on the other hand, take a look at these metrics:

  • Average overall cost reduction: 23%. According to a recent survey, businesses that switched to a hosted IT infrastructure lowered their IT costs by 23%.
  • Average productivity gains from IronOrbit Hosted Desktop Solutions: 54 min/day. According to a recent study of government workers, giving employees the ability to work from mobile devices added 54 minutes of productivity to each of their days. IronOrbit Hosted Desktops are web-based solutions that can be accessed from anywhere with any Internet-connected device, including tablets and smartphones.
  • Amount of unplanned downtime with IronOrbit Desktop Hosting: 0 min. CA Technologies estimated in 2011 that businesses around the world lose $26.5 billion in annual revenue from IT downtime. Another study found that downtime costs over $5,000 per minute. This means that hosting companies that offer 99.999% (5.2 minutes of downtime per year) or 99.99% (52 minutes of downtime per year) uptime guarantees consider it acceptable for their clients to lose $25,000 or $200,000 from IT downtime every year!
  • Amount that IronOrbit Hosted Desktop Solution users can expect to lose as a result of data breaches: $0. Data breaches cost about $5.4 million per incident or $188 per record. But IronOrbit users can expect thorough protection from malware and hackers with our Orbital Security System and 24x7x365 monitoring.
  • Time IronOrbit users will spend managing the IT infrastructure of their hosted desktops: 0 min. IronOrbit builds, manages, and maintains the IT infrastructure of our hosted desktops. All users have to do is sign up and sign on.
  • Total amount of users and storage space supported by IronOrbit Hosted Desktop Solutions: Unlimited. Regardless of how many users or how much storage capacity you need, we can scale up our hosted desktops to support your IT requirements and preferences.
5 Reasons to Select a Hosted VDI as Your Next IT Infrastructure

Hosted VDI

IronOrbit Virtual Desktops are web-based IT solutions that appear and perform just like a Windows desktop operating system.

The benefits of our virtual desktops include:

They don’t require any on-site servers. You don’t have to purchase or maintain any on-site servers with a hosted VDI from IronOrbit. Your virtual desktops will be stored on the servers housed in our datacenters. The only hardware you’ll need to connect to your hosted desktop is a web-enabled device such as a desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone.

-You can personalize them. With an IronOrbit Hosted VDI, each user is assigned his or her own virtual desktop. This virtual desktop will retain all of the user’s files, settings, and applications—just as if it were a locally-installed operating system.

-They are centralized. We host the virtual desktops of our hosted VDIs on a small number of interconnected servers. This way, they are more secure and easier and more cost-effective to manage.

In addition to these inherent benefits of IronOrbit Desktop Hosting, there are external technological and economic factors that tip the scales in favor of hosted VDIs as the ideal IT infrastructure. The top five reasons that businesses should select hosted VDIs as their next IT infrastructure are:

  1. Your PCs may soon be obsolete… PC sales declined a record 14% from the year before in Q1 2013. Also, IDC predicts that tablets will pass PCs in sales by 2015. Though PCs aren’t going to disappear from the market any time soon, declining sales mean that manufacturers will be cutting back on support and R&D. Basing your IT infrastructure on devices with a diminishing shelf life isn’t a good idea.
  2. …but the desktop OS is still a necessity. The desktop OS (or a virtual hosted desktop) is still the most effective and efficient way to get work done electronically. Vital programs such as Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and QuickBooks can’t be installed on Android and iOS mobile devices. (Though these programs can be accessed separately as hosted applications, with a virtual hosted desktop these applications can all be conveniently accessed from one place.)
  3. The number of businesses using virtual desktops is rising. Gartner projects that the number of people using virtual hosted desktops will eventually rise to more than 49 million users. Meanwhile, Techaisle predicts that the amount that SMBs spend on VDIs will more than triple to $430 million by 2015, and VisionGain reports that more than 50% of US businesses are migrating or considering migrating to VDI in 2013. As with PCs but in reverse, the increase in the sales of VDIs will incite manufacturers and developers to invest more in support and R&D. These statistics also underline the fact that businesses need to sign up for desktop hosting now, before their competitors beat them to it.
  4. Businesses need mobile IT. Mobility makes businesses more productive by letting employees work wherever and whenever they want. It also makes them more collaborative by allowing workers in different locations to share the same resources (files and applications). A hosted VDI is the perfect mobile IT infrastructure for businesses because it can be accessed from anywhere with any web-enabled device, yet it is also centralized, reliable, and secure.
  5. Hosted VDIs are cost-effective. The economy rewards companies that are efficient and agile, so it’s important to minimize costs as much as possible. Fortunately, hosted VDIs are cost-effective because they don’t require you to purchase any on-site servers or hire any on-premise IT personnel; and they are better than on-site IT infrastructures at preventing data breaches and outages.

Contact IronOrbit to sign up for cloud hosting or desktop hosting today!