What Are the Advantages of Remote Desktop?

Updated April 17, 2017

Remote desktop systems or software have become popular today because of two reasons. First, Internet access has become more available. Second, the Internet is more reliable and stable. Remote desktop systems allow business professionals to access computers or servers across the Internet or a company's network from any computer. Users can then see and manage the connected computer. An example is when help desk analysts use remote desktop software to access a customer's computer in order to do troubleshooting.


Security is not an issue when it comes to using remote desktop systems. That is because the hosting providers or data centres take care of the security issues, such as blocking and stopping viruses from infecting servers and applications. Network administrators use encryption technologies to stop viruses and other malicious software.


Another advantage to using remote desktop systems is that you do not have to worry about maintenance. You do not have to install or upgrade software applications, or install memory because the applications are hosted remotely. You just log into the system and all of the applications will appear on your system.


Using remote desktop systems allow you to work anywhere, rather than at a desk or office. You can use your notebook and log into the remote desktop application. Nurses, for example, are able to log into any workstation and access their applications via the remote desktop software.

Disaster Recovery

Every company should have a disaster recovery plan. Natural disasters, such as hurricanes, fires, and tornadoes, can destroy offices and equipment, resulting in destroyed data. The destruction or loss of a laptop while travelling is another difficulty that remote desktop software mitigates. You will not have any problems with losing data if you are using remote desktop software and if your company uses secure data backup practices.

Reduced Costs

Companies save money on software and hardware. Companies do not have to purchase an individual license for each system like they must with laptops or desktops. They no longer have to worry about buying or finding an existing system each time a new employee comes on board. PC technicians do not have to configure remote desktop systems like personal computer systems. Remote desktop systems save companies on both software and hardware costs. Remote desktop applications make it easier for new employees to begin immediately working.

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About the Author

Based in Atlanta, Felicia Blue has been writing articles since 1992. Her articles have been featured in the Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper, “Crain’s Cleveland Business” magazine and “Destiny” magazine. She has also written for IBM, Sun Microsystems and HP. Blue holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from University of California, Los Angeles.