For more than 15 years, companies have been trying to develop virtual desktops. Virtual desktops have very obvious and significant advantages over PC’s in that they are far more secure and much less expensive to support. Adoption has been limited, however, because virtual desktops generally perform poorly, i.e., they are “slow”, hindering productivity and frustrating users.
Vendors responded by attempting engineering solutions to overcome these limitations. Despite these efforts, the performance of virtual desktops has not improved to where they can be generally used. Today, virtual desktops are usually only deployed when the need for digital security outweighs any performance considerations.
The constant R&D to develop workable VDI solutions has resulted in making today’s commercially available products very expensive to deploy. Despite the lower support costs, the other commercially available VDI solutions don’t provide a break-even for 8 to 10 years.
ComputerVault has overcome these challenges by developing a completely new technology stack and architecture. It delivers exceptional desktop performance in both the LAN and WAN, so that our virtual desktops perform like a PC on your desk.
It performs so well that our staff in Chennai, India, use only virtual desktops which are hosted in the Marlborough, Massachusetts datacenter. Despite having only standard broadband Internet for telecom, the desktops behave like local machines.
By owning the entire technology stack and offering virtual desktops as a subscription, ComputerVault has broken the cost barrier for virtual desktops.
ComputerVault virtual desktops actually cost less than buying and supporting PC’s, laptops and servers.
ComputerVault is available as a monthly subscription that includes software administration support. Customers need not hire ComputerVault software administrators.
One of the advantages of using virtual desktops is that the endpoint device, for instance a minicomputer serving as a thin client, is not important. The endpoint does not have files or corporate data stored on it, as is the case with a PC. If a PC breaks or is infected with malware, the PC must be restored or the data stored on it is lost.
But with a virtual desktop, all the files and data are stored on servers in the ComputerVault Cloud. If an endpoint device is infected with malware, it is simply replaced. The infected device is wiped clean and its software reinstalled since there is nothing worth saving stored on it.
We recommend that virtual desktops do not have access to the Internet. At most, a “whitelist” of necessary websites are all that should be available to the virtual desktop. Internet browsing should be performed with the endpoint device, i.e., the client. Since a thin or fat client does not allow data transfer from the endpoint to the virtual desktop, any malware that may infect the endpoint client device cannot reach the virtual desktop. This keeps the corporate data and files safe from malware infection.
All the security training in the world for your staff will not protect them from bad luck. Sooner or later, a staff person will get hit with malware. The ComputerVault thin clients are easy to use and require no training, but protect your staff from being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Additionally, ComputerVault has built-in digital security functions that are ordinarily purchased separately:
ComputerVault goes above and beyond ordinary security measures by including, network encryption for all connections, a Zero Trust Security Model and network traffic analysis.