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Is cloud virtual machine a viable substitute for personal desktops ?

By jhonbaptist13130 ·
Tags: Cloud, Hardware
According to my research, this is what i conclude. But im not sure.

Companys like ibm and google provides services of Virtual Machine on cloud, allowing me to customize the vm when i want to. And charge me for my hour usage according to the vm hardware specifications, wich i can also customize. At first the fee seems to make these cloud vm more expansive in the long run, but since i can customize the vm hardware constantly, and pay only for its current hardware usage, then i could change the vm according to my current needs at each moment, and pay 50% of time for a very bad hardware, and 50% of time for a very good hardware, or whatever my needs are. Lets say i use 60% of my desktop time to work, 20% to watch movies and 20% to play AAA Games. Each of these activitys uses a diferent cost of hardware. So is very well possible to have the same monthly cost a phisical pc would have, or even less, since the physical pc dont allow you to pay only for the time spent.
There is also the other economical advantages, such as the lack of assistence and ocasional acidents, as well the cheap high speed internet conection (once you pay for a 1-3 mb /s internet to receive the stream, the server internet do the rest).
Thee only problem i see is the privacy.
Am i wrong ?
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Virtual desktop`s do cost cutting

by Dianadickson001 In reply to Is cloud virtual machine ...

As a user, there is no difference.
As an owner, it is huge gap between those two. Considering maintenance, access to data and availability to user, traditional computer is no challenge. Only cons VM may have is the fact that it cost more if you want to own it. If you use cloud services, costs are smaller than traditional computer.

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Yes, cloud virtual machine is a viable source.

by care1570712783 In reply to Is cloud virtual machine ...

What you have conclude till now is absolutely correct. Cloud virtual machine are very much vital for organisation. As long as you are concern about your privacy, there are various cloud computing vendors who can assure you for your privacy.

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Cloud + Virtual Machine a good combination

by henrycartersmith93 In reply to Is cloud virtual machine ...

Yes absolutely right, virtual machines in the cloud do offer all the specs you need to whatever you desire to do but are they really affordable? For small businesses yes and maybe for personal use but not recommended if you are a large enterprise. cloud is way too expensive when the requirements increase As far as privacy is concerned it's not much of concern when you are going for Amazon's AWS and Microsoft Azure or combining both of them with the help of stonefly smart cloud technology. These are very secure platforms they have got layers of protection with low latency.

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I believe it is viable to an extent

by assisto365 In reply to Is cloud virtual machine ...

If you are person constantly accessing internet services to generate, store and retrieve data, then you can rely on cloud VM.
In case, you use different devices to do all the above mentioned activities, then cloud VM is for you.
The only problem is data security. Even for that, the server has it's own security measures and there is an extra layer of cloud security added to it.
Also, as you mentioned you would only pay for the uptime and the processing power you use. But, to witness the advantages of that, you'll have to have faster internet connection.

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Yes, depending on what's needed

by PeterWanKenobi In reply to Is cloud virtual machine ...

I agree with all your points, however, to echo what was mentioned earlier by @henrycartersmith93 it really depends on the scale.
Also, you are pretty dependent on your internet connection, should a network error occur on either side your whole environment will be unable to access their desktops.

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