IT is often seen as the department remote team choose to ignore. And to be honest, it’s understandable. It’s complicated and why would you take care of that when more than a thousand tools can help you with accessing files remotely? Because you don’t need to have a background in IT to get meaningful advantages to your remote team. The only IT sub-domain you should pay attention to is cloud computing.
Here’s my top three reasons why your remote team should take interest to cloud computing:
Well, for starters: computer resources.
If you’re like me, you’re always have more than 10 tabs open on your laptop. When you have a huge rush with a handful of tasks, you cannot handle a slow computer. Also, your computer is not eternal and will became more and more obsolete after usage. Did you know that a cloud-powered computer has on-demand computer resources to control your performance and it doesn’t hurt your hardware since you’re not using it—it’s in the Cloud.
Alright, performance is one thing. The next one is dull; Cybersecurity.
Cybersecurity is like insurance. It’s not the most exciting domain. But it’s crucial, now more than ever for remote teams. Coronavirus related cyber-threats has increase of 475% in last March and it’s representing more opportunities from hackers to scam people. Not everyone inside your team is tech-savvy, or doesn’t know better to dodge malicious emails. A ransomware can cost a lot of money and make your laptop unusable. That’s not the best situation when you’re living the digital nomad life or if you’re in the middle of a project delivery.
To finish all that, let’s talk about flexibility.
Some of the applications you might use are only available on desktop. To be fair, web apps are way less safe than desktop apps and some businesses don’t have the resources to provide a cloud version. Cloud computing can provide you with desktop apps accessible remotely through desktop virtualization.
Cloud computing has been here since 2006 and has become a exploding topics in the last years, but a lot of people still don’t know how this technology can help them.
I’m curious if you guys have a remote IT department in your teams or how do you manage your laptops over your organization. And let me know if I was able to educate you on the subject of cloud computing today!
P.S. If this technology interest you, I’m launching a desktop virtualization platform on Product Hunt in 2020-2021. Feel free to follow me on PH to make sure you don’t miss it.
Here's what our users had to say:
Cathy T said "Surely an intriguing read Gabriel! I always thought performance is worse off on a virtual desktop because transfer of data over the internet creates a significant lag. Please correct me if I am wrong here. After reading this, I would surely like to give VD a try. Could you help me with a recommendation that probably is free or has a free trial? P.S: Wish you the very best for your PH launch! Just followed you there :-)"
Gabriel Bujold said "Hey Cathy, Virtualization used to be laggy and only accessible for enterprise with a huge IT budget. That’s not the case anymore with a handful of desktop-as-a-service offer. The possibility of experiencing a slow virtual desktop can happen, but it’s all about managing your cloud computer resources right. I’m working at V2 Cloud and we’re launching our basic pricing later this week, feel free to give it a try :) And feel free to ask me any questions you might have!"
Cathy T said "Ah! That’s very nice. Will surely give it a try :-)"
Alexandra said "Sounds interesting! Yeah, I wonder if latency would be an issue, and if employees would have concerns about remote work surveillance. Followed you on PH too :)"
Gabriel Bujold said "Hey Alexandra, Latency can be an issue depending of the datacenters location. If you’re cloud computer is located near a datacenter, you should not have any problems with this. However, you can still encounter problems because of your local connection. I traveled in SEA in January through March and I was connected to a datacenter in Singapore. Except a few bad wifi network, the performance of my laptop was great. For remote work surveillance, I believe it can be useful for freelancers since people have gotten bad experience before. The in-house surveillance is possible but since remote work is a different thinking, it’s only checked by management when something is going wrong (a lot of missed deadlines by example). Hope I was able to help :)"
Karthik Sridharan said "I think for me, the blocker has always been the feeling that the experience on a personal laptop, might not be mirrored in a virtualized setup. My past experience through VPN, etc. has been a bit laggy. But maybe better software can make that experience more seamless, so pretty interested to see your product :). P.S. Followed you on PH!"
Gabriel Bujold said "Hey Karthik, Totally understandable feeling. To be honest I was kind in the same situation before. I would say that it depend of the different virtualization software. My experience so far is that a cloud computer is wayyyy more fast than my owned laptops and that I don’t experience lags a lot. Quick self-promotion: We provide 7 days supports at V2 Cloud with technical experts so, if you have any problems, it’s solved fast. Last thing I would say is that a VPN can be an interesting choice, but it depends of what you’re doing on your desktop. On a virtual desktop, the resources are defined and completely dedicated to each cloud computer, this means that each machine works independently of the others, which may be important to highly regulated or secured environments. Hope I was able to educate you on the subject :) Feel free to ask me any questions you might have!"
Karthik Sridharan said "Thanks Gabriel, this was indeed pretty educational. Clearly, I haven’t used the right software for such a use case. So would really be interested to give it a try some time!"