Remote Control Software, also known as Remote Desktop Software or PC Remote Access software, has been rapidly growing in popularity over the last several years. These programs enable direct connections among multiple computers from any location in the world. This means that a computer in America can quickly and easily connect to a computer in China, and the American user can have full access and control over the China based machine (the connections afforded by this software allow either use this level of control). In this scenario, the America based user would have a full visual representation of the accessed machine on their display, and would be able to control that machine as if they were sitting directly in front of it. These connections are often used to enable a more efficient delivery of technical support, as they allow tech support specialists to take over a user's machine and directly address their issues. There are also applications involving media delivery and surveillance options, among many others. However, in this article we will focus on the ability of Remote Control Software to enable companies to more easily conduct international business.
Virtualization - Virtualization through the use of remote control software has become a fairly widespread application of the software. With virtualization there is no longer a need for the user or worker to have an incredibly high powered machine in order to be productive. Instead, the user can use what is known as a thin client solution. 'Thin client' is a term that refers to a computer which has very little installed software, and only the required hardware. Rather than loading up this system with a litany of programs, the thin client has remote control software installed. Once installed and configured, the Remote Desktop Software is used to connect to a central server or machine that holds all the required programs for that user. In this set-up the CPU load falls on the main machine, while the accessing system needs only an internet connection and the bare minimum of hardware specs in order to function at a high level.
This virtualization can be of great help when companies are seeking to employ international talent. Rather than deal with potential issues arising from incompatible software versions, the lack of installed programs, missing proprietary applications or other technical problems, the new employee can simply connect to the server of their new employer using PC Remote Access software and immediately be up to speed with the rest of the company. This can save incredible amounts of energy and money, and can also help the new employee to begin contributing to the workforce in much less time. The money saved can be seen in several contexts. First off, since the employee will be able to start contributing almost immediately, there will be a much shorter adjustment period. Also, the company will not have to furnish the employee with any new hardware, and if they do, it can be a very affordable thin client instead of an expensive, high-end machine. In the next entry in this series, we will examine another way in which remote desktop software can help a company conduct international business.