Virtual Hosted Desktops for Accountants
What is a Hosted Desktop?
A hosted desktop looks and feels exactly like a regular PC, except you launch it from an icon on your desktop or through another device such as a tablet or smartphone. The interface is then exactly the same with the familiar “Start” button, applications, menus and shortcuts. A range of providers offer such a service but Hosted Accountants are the only dedicated supplier in the UK of virtual hosted desktop for accountants.
Your desktops with us are built as part of a hosted server that is available across your business for file sharing, and collaboration just like with an office based server.
Each user has their own unique log-in and is able to work on Windows based applications, email, MS Office from any location with an internet connection – typically at the office, at home, and when visiting clients! Crucially we are able to install, manage and update all your critical applications such as the IRIS suite, CCH, Sage, DIGITA, BTC, Taxcalc, Moneysoft, Virtual Cabinet, INVU and many more!
So what is different?
There is very little difference and staff familiarity is high making this an ideal solution to modern working. The main difference is everything is held securely and managed in a UK data centre and you can work from anywhere. You do need an internet connection to view your desktop – whether wired, wireless or over 3/4G. The improvements to UK infrastructure continue to make this method of working easier every day.
What is included?
The following are included as standard on all Hosted Accountants desktop systems:
- Robust Microsoft Windows server infrastructure and licensing
- Replication and backup within ISO27001 UK data centres
- Ten working days incremental online backup
- Enterprise level antivirus and licensing
- Configuration of SQL
- Installation and management of Windows applications
- Configuration of browsers – Chrome, IE, Firebox
- Install of Adobe reader and standard print drivers
- Full UK support by telephone/email to our technology centre
How much does this cost?
Our client base grows through referrals, and key to that is being transparent about everything we do. This includes our pricing which can be summarised as follows:
Hosted Desktop – from £25pppm (per person per month)
This includes 20GB hard-drive space per person and full support for up to five 3rd party applications, choice of browsers and anti-virus as standard. Standard set-up costs do vary depending on the complexity of the project.
Microsoft Office 2010/2013 and Hosted Exchange
We supply all Microsoft products including Office 2010/13 under the European SPLA. Current prices are £12 for Office 2010 and £6 for Hosted Exchange (pppm). All other MS products including SQL 2012 and Sharepoint are also available.
Private Cloud Discovery Day – £995
Consultant led one day programme on-site with your own management team. This is a chance to explore the themes and efficiencies to be gained by moving to a hosted system. This includes a full audit of your IT estate and recommendations towards the best deployment strategy for your firm.