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Remote Desktop Vs. Cloud Computing

Updated: Mar 1

Even before the work-from-home fallout of COVID-19 wreaked havoc upon existing IT infrastructures, there was a large push for organizations to develop and implement remote-work solutions for their workforce.

When choosing to build out these IT infrastructures, many believe you are forced to choose between remote desktop software and cloud computing, when this is largely untrue. In fact, comparing these two technologies is missing the point; neither is intended as a replacement for the other, but they do both offer increased organizational functionality and agility.

Before we breakdown the differences between remote desktop and cloud computing, lets clearly define these two technologies:

· Remote Desktop: Makes it possible to access a specific desktop (and the accompanying files, apps, etc.) remotely from a specific computer.

· Cloud Computing: Makes it possible to access your files from any device (computer, mobile device, etc.) at any time.

The core difference between remote desktop software and cloud computing lies in the type of access that is allowed. With a remote desktop, a user has limited access to files, applications and other organizational resources through use of a specific desktop. In the cloud, files, applications, and any other resource can be accessed and downloaded from any device at any time, given the correct credentials. Some organizations may utilize remote desktop software to keep information siloed or access restricted to certain individuals or teams, while cloud environments can be used to boost information access and sharing across an entire organization.

Remote desktop and cloud-based environments are not mutually exclusive, with many organizations utilizing both for different operations. The key to employing either technology comes down to the necessary collaboration and data security required for successful operation.