That buzz in the air? That’s everyone talking about cloud PCs, also called cloud desktops. Essentially a cloud PC is a Virtual PC Online delivered from the cloud, rather than from an on-premises data center or a physical device like a laptop or workstation. But as I’ve said many times, the devil is in the details, because the approaches to cloud PCs differ widely. Today, after executing our SaaS cloud PC solution for so many customers across Azure and Google Cloud, we’re in a solid position to share some thoughts about why moving to cloud PCs makes sense and what you should look for in a cloud PC solution.
Why Cloud PCs?
- Better Security: It’s nearly impossible for IT teams to keep every physical PC and workstation in a distributed organization upgraded and patched. That means you’re vulnerable to a safety breach, whether from inside or outside the organization.
- Flexible Pricing Models: Moving to Operate expenses can have a positive impact on your budget, with a pay-as-you-go model. But cloud PCs also optimize resources, because relying on the usage profile, a flat rate price could make sense, or maybe hourly pricing works better, whereas a physical PC might sit idle 99% of the time – a waste of money! Either way, look for a cloud PC that offers you the flexibility to get the most out of your end-user computing (EUC) resources.
- Unlimited Performance: Windows 10 Cloud PC can solve the issue of latency that has plagued traditional VDI, so cloud PC users love the performance. Cloud PCs also get to take benefit of the latest technology; they never become obsolete and can be upgraded anytime.
- Greater Business Agility: Every vendor talks about agility, but cloud PCs bring truly unprecedented agility because they can be spun up or down in minutes, anywhere in the world, to accommodate business dynamics.
- Comprehensive Observability: What if you could visualize performance and behavior patterns for every PC in your organization, across every office, home office, hotel, or customer site… you get the image! You could understand who is having connectivity issues and why; you could know if it’s just a handful of users or a complete cloud region that’s affected; you could determine a possible ransomware attack and immediately take defensive measures. That’s not achievable with physical PCs, or even with most virtual desktop solutions.
These are very convincing reasons to take the next step toward replacing physical PCs and on-premises VDI.
Cloud PC Choices
Once you’ve decided that SaaS cloud PCs are the way to go, you’ll want to take a deep dive into the capabilities each cloud PC solution architecture enables. IT leaders and solution architects will want to work together to make sure todays and tomorrow’s needs can be met. Here are some considerations:
- Enterprises Need Flexibility
- High-Performance is Non-Negotiable
- A Usage Model for Every Use Case
- Monitoring and Big Data Analysis
Where a normal user would need a powerful PC for, say, graphic-intensive tasks or server management – with Windows 365, all you need to do is sign in and enjoy the same amazing features of a powerful PC or hardware, without actually investing in it. Apps4Rent is a certified Microsoft and Azure partner – their team has assisted thousands of businesses with migration to Office 354. These providers even help in different migration services like Google Workspace Migration for Microsoft Outlook and supply support to their customers which makes them excellent partners to select for the service.