Published 9 Mar 2021

Enabling a high performance dispersed workforce

By, Roger Waterhouse, Cloud Product Manager

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Enabling a high performance dispersed workforce

While Covid-19 has forced businesses to adapt to remote work, it is no longer seen as just a short term fix to helping businesses navigate the pandemic. Many organisations are now choosing to keep their remote working policies in place permanently or are moving to hybrid working models where employees can work flexibly between home and the office.

How businesses manage their IT will need to change to accommodate these new working models. One of the biggest factors IT teams need to consider is enabling high performance across the business. Performance across the dispersed workforce can be a significant challenge, with users in different roles requiring different levels of compute power and access to applications that are unique to their requirements.

A Cloud Desktop, also known as a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) or Desktop as a Service (DaaS) can help the IT team solve the performance challenges a business might face with remote or hybrid working. It does this by delivering virtual desktops and applications from the cloud on any company device in any location.

Improving performance with dedicated virtual machines

A typical Cloud Desktop helps to ensure high performance from the dispersed workforce by allowing users to access virtual desktops, applications and files. However, it is important to choose a solution that provides dedicated virtual machines for each user rather than users having to share. When users share virtual machines, the performance of one user’s desktop might be negatively impacted by other users demanding more computing power. Dedicated virtual machines ensure each user has enough computing power to perform their role uninhibited by technology issues.

Scaling up for more intensive user demands

Importantly, having dedicated virtual machines means there are no hardware upgrades required when a user needs to use a new application or their requirements call for a higher performance machine.  Virtual machines can be scaled up easily as and when they’re required, eliminating any delays in users being able to use the applications they need when they lack computing power. This also reduces the chances of the applications running inefficiently.

Reducing latency between desktops and applications

When it comes to running applications virtually, users can experience latency between the servers that are running their desktops and the servers running their applications. A Cloud Desktop solution that hosts the desktop infrastructure and applications in the same data centre can reduce this latency as traffic between the virtual desktop and applications take place inside the data centre and not through the connection between the data centre and the user’s device. This improves application responsiveness and leads to better overall performance.

Consistent performance with Pulsant Cloud Desktop

For many organisations, remote work is the future. Virtual desktops are the future of remote work and Pulsant Cloud Desktop removes the risk and complexity associated with managing a dispersed workforce by simplifying deployment, management and maintenance of multiple devices and remote workers through cloud-based VDI.