Christopher Lentz | October 28, 2013 01:44 PM
As the startup becomes more common place in the business world, the ability to work from anywhere has increased substantially along with it. This means that businesses need to be able to adjust to those needs to allow their users to stay productive no matter where they are. When it comes to options for remote access there are dozens, but which one is right for your business? We will take a look at three of the most popular options, their advantages, their disadvantages, and how you can leverage these technologies in your environment.
One of the most commonly used options for all sized businesses is Remote Desktop. RDP has been in use for a very long time with Microsoft based systems. There is good reason for this since it allows the person to remotely access a device from anywhere so long as the RDP Client is installed on the machine they are using. This is a great option for a user that is accessing their office desktop from their home or a remote site. However, if the user is logging into a server, additional licensing is required to remain legally compliant with the Microsoft Licensing Agreement. This extra licensing can be quite expensive depending on the number of users that will be using the service.
Whether you are using a Windows or Apple based operating system, there are several third party software platforms that allow you to access your machine from wherever you are. The advantage of this software is that it is relatively cheap, easy to install, and is usually able to be installed on multiple machines under the same license. However, the major disadvantage is that video and network speed can be greatly affected, thus reducing the overall performance of your remote connection.
VDI or Virtual Desktop Environments are one of the hottest new things in remote access options. This technology allows you to access not only a remote desktop but also remote applications. Another great advantage of VDI is the ability to access from not only another computer or laptop but also from your iPhone/Android device with amazing speed and quality. Another great advantage is that new Virtual Desktops and Applications can be launched within seconds, not hours like RDP and other options. The major disadvantage though for VDI is cost and time to implement. It's high price keeps it out of range for most small businesses, however there are many cloud providers that are creating VDI options. It shouldn't be too long before VDI is more cost effective for the small businesses out there. Implementation time is another key factor that detours some from VDI. It takes a great deal of planning and setup to get VDI up and running smoothly in any environment.
So which one is right for your business? It depends on many factors including budget, time frame to implent, and resources. Professionally, we think VDI will eventually replace the RDP and 3rd party softwares of the world. Any of the options though are a strong and stable way to get your remote staff up and being productive. Leveraging these tools for your business involves discussing the objectives for implementation, planning the implementation, and configuring the option that you chose. If you are a business with a growing remote worker staff, it might be time to consider VDI. However, if you have just a few users that need to access their office desktops from time to time, RDP is the way to go.
If you are not sure which option is right for you, it's ok! We can help ease the pain of deciding on the right choice. Let us help you weigh the options with all the necessary information. Give us a call at 408-844-4808 today!