In this episode of RIA Tech Talk, hosts Todd Darroca and David Kakish unravel the world of virtual desktops, exploring why this once-popular technology is becoming obsolete for RIAs. They delve into the challenges faced by RIAs using virtual desktop infrastructure, shedding light on video and audio latency, security concerns, and the pitfalls of doubling up on cloud resources. The episode unveils a modern solution, urging RIAs to embrace Microsoft 365 for a seamless, secure, and integrated tech experience, fundamentally reshaping how businesses operate in the digital age.
Here are the highlights from this podcast:
Problem with Virtual Desktops for RIAs:
- Outdated technology with challenges such as confusion between local and hosted browsers.
- Keyboard shortcuts may not work, and there’s latency in video and audio.
- Employees find workarounds, defeating the purpose.
- Double payments for cloud resources and Microsoft licenses.
Advantages of Virtual Desktops (in the past)
- Relevant when RIAs had server-based applications in their office.
- Useful for multiple offices and accessing server-based applications.
Why Move Away from Virtual Desktops
- Most RIAs now use web-based applications, making virtual desktops unnecessary.
- Virtual desktops create more problems than they solve in the current scenario.
Recommended Solution: Leveraging Microsoft 365
- Entire RIA business can run on the Microsoft 365 platform.
- Use Office Suite, email, encryption, archiving, Microsoft Teams, SharePoint, single sign-on, data loss prevention, and e-discovery.
- Security and productivity are integrated into the Microsoft 365 subscription.
- Similar experience for Mac users.