How Does A Cloud Desktop Work?
Posted by Adam Clayton at March 24th, 2013
People may be curious how this technology works. Well, we’re not going too far into the technical details as that could get confusing. Instead, we want to help you visually understand how this technology is working from a leyman’s perspective.
Opening a cloud desktop on a device is like opening a window in a house to tell some landscapers what to do. You stand and speak through the window and tell them what they need to do with commands. The landscapers get to work and you don’t have to dig a hole, lift a rock, or plant a thing. A cloud desktop and server works the very same way. Your device is you standing at the window. The cloud desktop is the landscapers listening to your commands. The power here is the virtual desktop is never physically on your device, so the heavy lifting is done in the cloud. You can open full computer applications, transfer files, print locally, and so on. Using it just like a regular computer, because IT IS!
The great thing is it can have 24 x 7 uptime and update automatically. If you shut off your device, lose power on one device, or the device completely fails, you can easily switch to another device and continue where you left off. You may even be ahead of where you left off, because it can still work when your devices are off. That device can be a tablet, smartphone, or any other computer there is no limit to the number of devices that can access it. You log in and continue your work. Physical devices, when they are off, can’t update. Depending on how long a device has been off, it may take some time to update and re-sync.
There are many scenarios where this could come in handy. When you are doing something on a computer and you get a ‘status bar’ of time left to complete a process. Normally, you would have to leave the computer on and probably not do anything else. With a cloud desktop you could switch back to your regular device and continue to work or completely shut off the device, leave do another task and check back in later. Thus, increasing efficiency and/or saving power.
Another advantage is the limitations of mobile devices. Don’t get me wrong, there are great tools on mobile dvices that work great with cloud desktops. However, mobile applications tend to have limited functionality and only allow you to do core processes. Have you ever noticed the mobile browsers aren’t as good as a fully functioning computer browser? A cloud desktop gives you a full computer browser on your mobile device.