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Hosted Virtual Desktops (VDI)

Part of the ‘cloud computing’ concept, a hosted virtual desktop looks and acts exactly like a traditional PC but, instead of residing locally, all software and data are housed in our state-of-the-art data centres. Hosted desktops offer numerous advantages in terms of cost savings, security, resilience, flexibility and reduced management.

Anywhere, Any Device

Wherever you are you can connect to YOUR hosted virtual desktop . Our networks allow you secure access from any location you wish, which means that you can join colleagues as if you were in the office.  Connect from PC, IPAD, Mac or Thin Client.

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Key Features

• Fully isolated Windows 7 Experience Virtual Machine.

• 99.99% uptime guarantee

• 10GB (Professional) or 2GB ‘local’ (Standard)  usable storage, can be upgraded in 1GB increments.

• Anti-Virus and Backup included as standard – 7 day retention on backup

• Professional HVD users can install own applications – full administrative rights by default

• Advanced remote printing via a Universal Print Driver.

How do they work?

We are all familiar with desktop or laptop PCs – you probably use one every day. It’s the machine you use to carry out your work which connects you to the network and server. A Cloud desktop has exactly the same functionality, but it’s hosted on the internet – ‘in the Cloud’.

VDIs allow you to have unlimited access to a virtual Windows 7 machine, which run on our powerful servers 24/7. You can quickly connect from multiple devices and locations to your fully functional Windows desktop. The technology we use enables you to print and use USB devices attached to your local machine. All of your data is stored securely at our data centres and the connection is fully encrypted, ensuring your data is never compromised.

There are multiple options available allowing you to share data seamlessly with other members of the organisation, such as shared storage and application servers.

Built-in disaster recovery and compliance

Without VDI, if your laptop were stolen, all of your local data, programs, settings, favourites, etc., would be lost with it. You may have a back-up, but the important data would be compromised and could easily fall into the wrong hands.

With a VDI, the device you use to access won’t hold any of that important data, or have your programs installed, making it a secure and simple solution in the event of a theft or disaster.

Technical Pre-requisites

• Bandwidth requirement per user = 250kb/s down / 150kb/s up (average usage) “good quality”

• Local device requires a small app download

• Accessible through PC, Thin Client, and Mobile devices including iPad’s

• Applications installed need to be compatible with Windows Server 2008 x64

 

 

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