In today’s fast-paced world, being restricted to a single PC can be somewhat limiting. Perhaps you left a work document on your home computer or want to remotely view a show you left downloading later on? In short, having access and control over your PC from wherever you may be, using whatever device, is becoming increasingly important. This is especially true as people become more mobile and often own multiple devices.
For techies, remote PC control can be a straightforward DIY job. Using a VNC (virtual network computing) Server, such as in-built versions with Windows Vista Ultimate and Mac OSX 10.4 and a VNC Client to access the server on a designated home computer, you should be able to forward all VNC network traffic. Know that there are plenty of paid solutions which may cost money, but will provide you with the remote access you’re looking for.
Of course, if it’s simply a question of backing up and sharing files that you need, then you can choose from the huge range of cloud storage facilities. Dropbox is perhaps the best known cloud solution, but JustCloud, Live Drive and many others also offer unlimited access, storage, automatic backup and all the other features you would expect.
However, if you are looking for total remote access to your desktop and not just a cloud sharing solution, then there are a number of different vendors out there to choose from. These include VMWare and Citrix, but Ericom.com offers particularly fast mobile access and impressive overall accelerated network traffic. A major advantage of virtual desktop technology is that it provides comprehensive access to all your desktop programs and files, rather than a mere selection of those that you remembered or were able to store in the cloud.
Of course, there are a number of different factors to look out for when choosing a virtual desktop provider. For a start, it is important to accurately calculate the bandwidth you will need to use. You should also make sure that anti-virus software is compatible with your virtual desktop and won’t slow down its performance. Bear in mind that whatever solution you choose, make sure that it is BYOD compliant and allows you to access your desktop from any combination of PC, mobile or tablet device.
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