Category: cloud desktop

When it comes to launching a startup, where does the seed stage money go? It goes into funding resources: office space, programmers, developers, engineers, designers, and business plan writers. The trend that is emerging, which has worked for numerous successful startups, is for entrepreneurs to skip seed stage VCs and tap into collectives instead. A collective is a pool of resource providers that invests in startups – but instead of investing capital, they invest their services and the other resources they have access to.

seedhatcherySo instead of giving an entrepreneurial startup founder $100,000, the collective gives him office space. The programmer in the group writes code for him, and the designer helps with the layout. Another member works alongside the entrepreneur to write the business plan that will be presented to the multi-million dollar VCs in the growth (Series A) round. Everyone in the collective has something to contribute, somewhere.

Ultimately, the resources provided by the collective are used to create a minimum viable product (MVP) to present to the growth investors. In exchange, the collective owns a small percentage of the company; it collects that equity when the business turns a profit, or when the founder sells. For the collective, it’s a fairly low risk investment: If the company fails, each member only loses whatever time was devoted to providing resources. For the startup, it’s a win-win; there are fewer costly decisions to be made in the initial stages, because all the necessary services were provided at no cost.

There will always be a demand for cash, but let’s be honest: Cash is only a means to an end. What every startup really needs is resources. Collectives such as Cogent Collective can provide those resources that will impact a new business: services, space, software. If your startup is in need of resources, reach out to them.

Article originally written for BizHack.IT Investing More than Cash: The New Demand for Resources 

Many experts have made the case for the virtual desktop quite successfully. But to the novice, who may still be trying to get a grasp of cloud computing, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is an understandably elusive concept. So, let’s break this down. 1.) What is desktop virtualization, and 2.) How does it compare to cloud computing?

What is Desktop Virtualization?

Desktop virtualization involves using virtual machines to allow multiple network subscribers to maintain individualized desktops on a single, centrally located computer or server (in a data center). No matter where the users are located (they could be geographically scattered all over the country), they are connected to the central machine that is virtualizing their data, powered by a proprietary local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN), or the Internet.

Is VDI Cloud Computing?

If VDI sounds a lot like cloud computing, that is because cloud computing is one approach for the delivery of virtualization services. VDI can be delivered by other mechanisms than cloud computing, but the cloud is the most common virtualization delivery technology in use today. Because they are distinct services, though, the two terms should probably not be used interchangeably.

Why Does Hosted VDI Make More Sense?

From a business standpoint, VDI just makes sense. The total cost of ownership benefits are irrefutable when paired with all the other efficiencies that desktop virtualization makes possible. But it is important to understand the difference between taking advantage of hosted virtualization (where the entire infrastructure is already in place), and building your own virtualization infrastructure (we’ll call it “DIY VDI”). A VDI host will have all the features, functions and resources in place to store your data virtually, while DIY VDI (that’s really a mouthful, isn’t it?) requires you to expand upon your already costly traditional data storage environment.

If you do your own virtualization, you’ll need to keep the physical machine that cost a fortune, rely on a single operating system and applications that are tied to that physical machine, and your applications that are also tied to that single operating system and machine. Everything, from end-user experience to performance, will depend on that machine. In other words, your entire business depends on it. Sound like a good idea? We didn’t think so.

A business can experience far more benefits from taking advantage of a hosted VDI service. Call it the cloud if you like, but the bottom line is that you don’t have to maintain a frightening data center of your own. It’s all taken care of for you – virtually.

Hosted VDI for Business: It Just Makes More Sense was originally posted on the blog

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Updated August 2016 - Matt Dubois