The Total Cost of Ownership of virtual desktop solutions, as well as the difficulty in deploying and maintaining these systems, have inhibited their wide spread adoption. Existing Virtual Desktop Infrastructure and Desktop-as-a-Service solutions perform so poorly that they lower productivity and frustrate end users. Very often virtual desktops are abandoned, and users go back to using PC’s locally as a result. As more users work remotely, the issues listed below will be exacerbated.
Even with enterprise VPN solutions, most organizations reach saturation during heavy usage periods. End users usually still need employer provided laptops to access the VPN’s, and organizations don’t maintain unused VPN capacity for the occasional periods where the number of users is significantly higher than average. During those periods, VPN performance grinds to a halt, connections are dropped or simply not accepted. However, this decreased availability means critical business operations will suffer, including cybersecurity operations. As more workers telecommute, these VPN issues continue to worsen:
While vigilant patching and end user training are important, these risk mitigation practices are still inadequate to stop phishing attacks and hacking.
Locally installed virtual desktops and cloud-based virtual desktops both perform very slowly. Most virtual desktop users use PC’s as clients so they can still work locally on a PC since the virtual desktops cannot always be reliably accessed.
VDI solutions are also expensive and difficult to deploy. Adding additional capacity is not trivial and requires engineering staff with specific skills. DaaS solutions, on the other hand, mean that internal resources, e.g., shared file systems, printers, locally hosted applications, etc., are difficult or impossible to access. DaaS solutions also leave users at the mercy of the cloud providers shared resources, such as CPU, RAM, networking and bandwidth. Therefore, customer has no control over the performance of a cloud-based virtual desktop.
ComputerVault contains its own remote access capabilities that do not require a third-party VPN solution. All that is required is broadband Internet access to securely and reliably connect to a virtual desktop and all corporate resources. Additionally, ComputerVault also includes a Software-Defined Perimeter and a complete Cybersecurity Suite designed to stop malware infections and phishing attacks. The cybersecurity features of ComputerVault extend far beyond simple encryption.
A variety of commercially available off-the-shelf thin and fat clients may be used, as well as a web browser, for accessing ComputerVault Virtual Desktops. Browser access means any device may access a ComputerVault Virtual Desktop from any location. Multi-factor authentication is used to ensure security.
Because ComputerVault Virtual Desktops perform faster than a local PC, both in the office and when accessed remotely, productivity does not suffer and users will not abandon ComputerVault Virtual Desktops for a PC.
At 1/5th to 1/10th the cost of competing solutions, ComputerVault Virtual Desktops are less expensive than buying and supporting PC’s. With the price and performance characteristics of ComputerVault, most PC’s can be eliminated and a ComputerVault Virtual Desktop becomes the primary computing device.
Since the software license also includes remote support, customers don’t need to hire support staff either, unlike other VDI solutions. The fast and easy deployment of ComputerVault, as well as the ability to quickly add bandwidth, servers, storage and virtual desktops, provide additional capacity on demand.
Lastly, since ComputerVault is installed onsite or in a colo, companies can ensure data privacy and have complete control over the amount of bandwidth and other resources devoted to remote access. ComputerVault multiplexes and load balances multiple Internet connections so that additional, and inexpensive bandwidth, can be added at any time, ensuring remote user productivity and access to internal resources.