Hosted Desktop

Why choose a Hosted Desktop solution?

26/10/2016 By: Alison Ward

This blog will discuss cloud computing, what it is, what it does for businesses and look into the Hosted Desktop solution.

Cloud computing is something that businesses cannot ignore! With more and more businesses understanding the benefits of the cloud, it is no wonder that selection of cloud services are increasing year on year. But more importantly, what is the cloud?

Essentially, the cloud is a network of servers that are located in secure data centers around the world. Services and Applications are installed on these servers and delivered to customers as a ‘service’. Examples of these services are simple data storage services such as Dropbox or email services such as Office 365. So why are many businesses moving to the cloud? It’s because the cloud brings a number of benefits, including

  • Flexibility
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Reduces Capital Expenditure
  • Increased collaboration
  • Work from anywhere
  • Security

And these are to name a few…

Businesses can also look at cloud solutions such as hosted desktop, where they can access their data, email and applications, including Sage and Microsoft Office from almost any internet connected device creating a truly mobile workforce.

But what is hosted desktop and what are the advantages of using hosted desktop in the cloud?

Hosted Desktop gives you the freedom to access your files, business applications and emails, where there is an internet connection. You will see your own virtual desktop, just as you would at the office, on any device. It’s all hosted securely in our data centers.

Remove the cost of in-house servers

When customers come on board to use our hosted desktop service, it is generally because they have old server equipment in-house and have a requirement to upgrade to a later version of Sage. The cost of the upgrade process can be expensive. You will need to purchase the hardware and software and then you need to get someone in to configure the new equipment as well as carry out an expensive migration and/or upgrade. With Hosted Desktop, businesses no longer need to buy expensive equipment and they simply pay for what they need each month. This gives businesses a consistent low monthly cost.

Always Available

Hosted Desktop increases productivity allowing staff to access their data, Email, and Sage applications from almost any internet connected device.


Located in secure data centers, you can be reassured that your data is safe. In a world of high-profile data leaks, you can be assured that our servers are protected. We use stringent firewall policies to keep your data accessible and secure.

Collaborative working

Improve productivity by sharing documents, folders and calendars across your team.

Fixed costs

No unexpected IT costs. You just pay for what you need and what you use, giving you a fixed monthly IT cost

Disaster Recovery

Business continuity is a huge must for many businesses. Just having a few hours’ downtime can hit a business hard. How would your business cope in the event of a power cut, flood or fire? How quickly could you be back up and running? By using hosted desktop, you can be assured that your data will remain intact in the face of a full disaster.

We keep things running!

All the systems and software maintenance is handled by us at CIM Services. This ensures that the system remains up and running so you can keep working without worrying about applying updates and patches.

For more information about hosted desktop, please email [email protected] or call 0844 8711 669

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