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How to Optimize Your Mobile Workforce with Hosted Virtual Desktops

VDI vs. DaaS: Key Differences and Leading Solution Cloud-based virtual desktops are typically available in two forms: VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) and DaaS (Desktop-as-a-Service). Of these, VDI is the more traditional option. In this, virtual desktop instances are hosted on a central server that is located on-premises. Although this is the form in which virtual desktops first emerged in the market, VDI continues to be a popular choice for many businesses and in particular sectors. Two factors account for such popularity: first, on-site storage of mission-critical data is often a considered a safer bet; second, businesses that routinely handle sensitive information always prefer to keep data close and under private control. In other words, issues of trust have time and again found VDI to be a more favourable option. But sometimes, mandatory compliance standards and privacy regulations, affecting certain sectors, can also push businesses to take the traditional approach. In contrast, DaaS or Desktop as-a-Service has only recently taken the market by storm. Despite initial scepticism, it has firmly established itself as a more secure and cost-effective alternative to the on-site hosting of virtual desktops. As part of a managed service, DaaS involves a third-party Cloud Services Provider (CSP) that delivers customized virtual desktop solutions to individual users and/ organizations. Unlike VDI, DaaS refers to the practice of storing virtual desktops on third-party cloud servers that are located off-premises. With DaaS, organizations can not only leverage outsourced IT services from deployment to upgradation of virtual desktops, but they also have the option to completely do away with office infrastructure or an in-house IT team. This significantly cost-saving aspect has a major implication.

How Hosted VDI Works

Also known as hosted virtual desktops (HVDs), cloud hosted virtual desktops are created and hosted on the cloud using VDI (or Virtual Desktop Infrastructure). The reason these hosted desktops exist, is because they offer an increasingly distributed workforce the benefits of flexibility and mobility to work from every location. This means, employees can access a dedicated workspace from the space and leisure of their home by the simple power of log-in. All they need to do is power on their device – be it a laptop, tablet, or smartphone – and connect to the internet. They gain instant access to all the files and applications they need for office-work. And to top it all off, hosted VDI leads to the elimination of IT bottlenecks that negatively impact workforce potential and the success of mission-critical processes. Hosted VDI services are offered by third-party cloud service providers. When it comes to deploying firm wide hosted VDI services, choosing the right VDI provider is paramount. A competitive VDI hosting provider, such as Ace Cloud Hosting, offers end-to-end Hosted Virtual Desktop (HVD) services that are entirely managed. Not only are there costs related to the maintenance and upkeep of physical desktops, these flexible virtual desktops can be quickly provisioned leading to secure transfer of applications to the cloud. As it happens, hosted VDI is a much safer option for data storage. Let us see how.

Virtual Desktops are revolutionizing our classrooms. Here’s how.

Student experience is the single most important factor when it comes to the success and general prosperity of the educational sector. From K-12 to university, classroom learning has evolved enormously over the last many years to embrace modernity beyond curricula and scholarly activities. Spurred on by the latest pandemic, concepts of “learning experience” and “learning environment” have now gained greater significance in relation to certain technologies. This is aided by the fact that, for educators around the world, access, availability, and delivery of academic resources are now more important as the resources themselves. Consequently, modernization of academic resources has involved the use of technology in enhancing their access. In other words, modern education is unthinkable without contemporary methods of making academic resources available. To ensure utmost access to academic resources for students and scholars around the globe, cloud technologies have become indispensable. A seamless, flexible, and secure learning environment ensures that learning can be experience from any location and on any device. When academic resources such as curricula are stored on the cloud in the form of data and/ apps, students and educators have the ability to access these securely and remotely from anywhere in the world. But that is not all. The more important benefit cloud delivers is in the form of seamless, real-time collaboration among groups. An instance of this would be, confidentially student data can be securely stored and accessed by educators to design and deliver curricula based on student needs. Such accommodations are the key to student success, better course outcomes and greater enrolment rates. When students, educators and parents work together in a collaborative learning environment, the result is an experience that is rich and rewarding for every party involved. Cloud makes collaborations easy. And easy collaboration leads to faster and better results. The best way to deploy cloud technologies in education is via virtual desktops or what is known as VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure). VDI has been in corporate use for decades now, but its prevalence in the educational sector is still rather limited. For instance, even small to medium enterprises can hardly think of doing business without deploying VDI in some shape or form, but its necessity in academics has so far been underestimated. The pandemic has changed that forever. Today, outside-classroom engagement in students is what is driving growth and continuity in the sector. With more students and educators working remotely, a virtual classroom is fast growing in importance. We, at Ace Cloud Hosting, offer virtual desktops that make it possible to take engaging and interactive classes virtually. Virtual classes are the key component of a virtual learning experience, as activities and lessons learned in class have an unparalleled effect on students. Our VDI solutions utilize the technology of application virtualization to unleash smart and productive learning spaces that deliver apps – be it light duty, graphic intensive or SaaS heavy – to everyone’s personal device at incredibly low prices. Thus, the applications become accessible to every permissioned user irrespective of the location they are in or the device they have in disposal. The only requirement in terms of infra is an internet connection. Our virtual desktops can even ensure the highest performance even in typically low-performance devices, rendering the possibility of true digital inclusion. As a matter