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What is a hosted desktop?

Traditionally organisations roll out devices such as PCs or laptops to each staff member, with each device having to be pre-loaded with the operating system and various applications that each user requires to perform their work. These applications require local storage space, computing power and speed to operate effectively.


Hosted Desktop, sometimes known as ‘Desktop-as-a-Service’ or ‘VDI solution’ which allows your staff to work 'Anywhere Anytime', with instant access to business applications, data, email and software packages.

The end-users experience is identical to that of a typical desktop computer. It looks, feels and behaves in exactly the same way, regardless of where you are working.

EBC Hosted Desktop provides a centralised approach, which removes many of the time consuming IT issues such as updating patches, user administration and application updates, but also guarantees the security of your organisations data whilst enabling a more flexible method for staff to access their files and applications from any internet-connected device.

Hosted Desktop at a glance:

  • Enables true remote working
  • Combine the IT infrastructure of multiple offices
  • Additional users and services easily added
  • Spend less time managing and maintaining 
  • Centralised management of user profiles
  • Allows team to bring their own device (BYOD)
  • Easily move office or scale your business
  • Less risk - no data is stored on local devices
  • Automatic software updates
  • Automatic license renewals

5 benefits of hosted desktop

1. Hardware Requirements

When it comes to hardware, traditional desktops are very demanding. You may be forced to change the device you are using simply because its system requirements are different. When utilising the cloud, hardware is not an issue since cloud desktops can operate efficiently over thin client computers (those that do not have a hard disk). As more businesses embrace the bring your own device (BYOD) trend, access through browser is ideal for using this form of desktops.

2. Software Installations

Regardless of whether you are using cloud-based desktops or traditional ones, you will need to obtain software licenses to run programs. However, the former are more cost-effective since you also get cloud apps to add to your desktop. This reduces the need for new hardware and cuts your costs further.

3. Data Safety

Physical workstations are susceptible to damage, which may result in expensive equipment needing to be replaced or a loss of data – especially if it’s stored locally rather than centrally backed up.

4. Mobility

Traditional desktops will bind your employees to their workstations, meaning they are unable to work away from the office or on the move. Cloud Desktop enables ‘true’ remote working with constant access to all of your email & applications, whilst safe in the knowledge that your data is securely backed up in our ultra-secure data centre.

5. Cost

Cloud-based desktops are significantly more cost-effective to purchase and run than traditional workstations. Eradicating the need for continuous management & monitoring of IT - expensive hardware, software upgrades, license renewals and external IT support can all be removed.