Hosted Virtual Desktop Services

Hosted Virtual Desktop Services Overview

A hosted virtual desktop (HVD) is a "Desktop as a Service" (DaaS) where the platform and applications are hosted on the service provider's server. A desktop instance creates a virtual machine on the host's server, from which an end user may access the operating system and applications ideally in a way indistinguishable from if they were installed locally on the end user's machine.


Hosted virtual desktops have a number of benefits for the businesses that use them. The first is that the business doesn’t have to handle storage and security. This is particularly valuable for smaller businesses that take in a lot of sensitive data but don’t have the resources to store or secure it locally. Additionally, hosted virtual desktops allow users to access their desktop anywhere since the entire solution is cloud-based.


Hosted Virtual Desktop Products

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Citrix ShareFile

ShareFile is a cloud-based file sharing and storage service built for business. The product was acquired by Citrix Systems in 2011.

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V2 Cloud

Desktop virtualization doesn't have to be complicated. And V2 Cloud aims to make it simple. As a fully integrated Desktop-as-a-Service solution, V2 Cloud states they focus on speed and simplicity—so users can work faster from anywhere. V2 Cloud offers a free trial.

Azure Virtual Desktop

Azure Virtual Desktops are a comprehensive desktop and app virtualization service running in the cloud.

Citrix Virtual Apps Essentials

Citrix Virtual Apps Essentials allows you to deliver Windows applications and shared hosted desktops from Microsoft Azure to any user on any device. The service combines Citrix Virtual Apps service with the power and flexibility of Microsoft Azure. You can also use Virtual Apps Essentials…

Accellion Kiteworks Content Firewall

The Accellion secure content communication platform prevents data breaches and compliance violations from third party cyber risk. CIOs and CISOs rely on the Accellion platform for complete visibility, compliance and control over the communication of IP, PII, PHI, and other sensitive…

Kasm Workspaces

Workspaces is a solution for remote browser isolation (RBI), containerized application streaming (CAS), virtualized desktop infrastructure (VDI) and desktop as a service (DaaS) that provides a remote desktop and remote work solution for distributed workforces. The Workspaces platform…

Unisys Workplace as a Service

Unisys Workplace as a Service aims to meet the needs of speed, scalability, and security through our hybrid a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) solution. This enables organizations to quickly spin up virtual desktops for end users via the cloud, and stand-up an on-prem VDI environment…

CompuCom Connected Workplace

The exponential growth of the digital workplace is changing the way employees and enterprises work. Virtual, global collaboration must happen with teams across multiple time zones and countries. CompuCom Connected Workplace is a solution delivering scalable and adaptive communication…

CGI Hosted Virtual Desktop Services

IT company CGI in Montreal offers hosted virtual desktop services.

LISTEQ Cloud Desktop

LISTEQ Cloud Desktop is end-to-end software that enables service/cloud providers to create their own virtual desktop service (DaaS, Desktops-as-a-Service). The vendor’s value proposition is that LISTEQ Cloud Desktop is an ultimate BYOD, fully scalable and provides multi-tenancy and…

Siemens SIMATIC Virtualization as a Service

SIMATIC Virtualization as a Service supports maintenance and upgrades of PC-based distributed control systems. The service strategy draws on the opportunities offered by digitalization to virtualize the entire system. According to the vendor, this lets users address core requirements…

DXC Virtual Desktop and Applications (VDA) Services

DXC Technologies (formerly CSC) offers enterprise mobility via their virtual desktop and application services, or DXC VDA.

CloudDesktopOnline

CloudDesktopOnline provided by Apps4Rent, is a virtual desktop solution that is hosted and managed in the cloud. The vendor’s value proposition is that their solution replaces an internal IT team by taking care of the OS regular upgrades, patching, backup, and recovery etc. 24x…

C&W Enterprise Virtual Desktop

C&W Enterprise Virtual Desktop is available from C&W Business, the business software unit of the Caribbean and Latin American telecom C&W Communications.

Dell Hosted Virtual Desktop Services

Dell offers hosted virtual desktop services.

ThinDesk Hosted Virtual Desktop Services

Canadian company ThinDesk offers hosted virtual desktop services.

VMware Horizon on IBM Cloud

IBM offers hosted virtual desktop services via the VMware Horizon on IBM Cloud managed service.

HPE Desktop Virtualization Solutions

HPE’s portfolio includes a choice of traditional rack servers, hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) solutions, composable solutions, and support for bare-metal VDI.

Lenovo Unified Workspace

Lenovo Unified Workspace provides a virtualized desktop environment for end users to access applications and enterprise resources, and is available on-site or via the cloud. Lenovo offers the service as self hosted, or via Lenovo managed-hosting.

Wipro Virtuadesk

Wipro offers Wipro Virtuadesk, a hosted desktop virtualization solution built on Cisco UCS servers, software defined storage based on Datacore and virtualization platform based on Citrix.

Workspot Desktop Cloud

Workspot cloud desktops offer an enterprise-class, SaaS platform designed to deliver high performance Windows 10 desktops from Azure. Workspot’s turnkey platform gives IT the ability to provision and deliver the perfect desktop, workstation or application for employees around the…

Netrepid

Netrepid is a provider of infrastructure hosting services headquartered in Harrisburg, that provides hosted virtual desktop as well as virtual server hosting (Microsoft or Linux VPS).

Navisite Managed Virtual Desktops

With Navisite’s Managed VDI Service, users can harness desktop virtualization to provision, scale and manage remote workers without compromising security, compliance or performance. The service can be used to employees access to virtual desktops from home or while traveling, on any…

Right Networks

Right Networks in Hudson provides CPA and accountancy firm desktop hosting of Quickbooks, Microsoft Office, and other applications, promising price and infrastructure efficiency and flexibility, as well as security and data storage.

Ace Cloud Hosting

Ace Cloud Hosting is a managed cloud hosting provider to small businesses and enterprises, boasting expertise in hosting accounting (such as QuickBooks), tax (such as ATX), construction (such as Sage 300 CRE), and other business applications.Headquartered in Florida, United States,…

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What are Hosted Virtual Desktops?

A hosted virtual desktop (HVD) is a "Desktop as a Service" (DaaS) where the platform and applications are hosted on the service provider's server. A desktop instance creates a virtual machine on the host's server, from which an end user may access the operating system and applications ideally in a way indistinguishable from if they were installed locally on the end user's machine.


Hosted virtual desktops have a number of benefits for the businesses that use them. The first is that the business doesn’t have to handle storage and security. This is particularly valuable for smaller businesses that take in a lot of sensitive data but don’t have the resources to store or secure it locally. Additionally, hosted virtual desktops allow users to access their desktop anywhere since the entire solution is cloud-based.


Hosted Virtual Desktop Features & Capabilities

The following features are common in hosted virtual desktop solutions:


  • Cloud desktop access

  • Managed storage

  • Managed backup

  • Managed upgrades

  • High availability


Hosted Virtual Desktop Comparison

When selecting a virtual desktop solution, you should consider what data features are most important to you. The biggest differentiator between each solution will be storage and security features. If you aren’t storing sensitive data, you may be able to go with a cheaper solution, while if you need to meet high compliance requirements, a more expensive hosted virtual desktop solution may be appropriate.


You should also consider how the storage solutions offered by each virtual desktop option integrate with your existing IT infrastructure.


Hosted Virtual Desktop Pricing

Pricing for hosted virtual desktops is based on a per user per month basis. Businesses should expect to pay at least $10.00 per user per month, with that rate increasing as more features, or higher security are needed.


Frequently Asked Questions

What businesses benefit most for hosted virtual desktop?

Small businesses in the tech space can benefit greatly from hosted virtual desktop solutions. Hosted virtual desktops enable these businesses to achieve high storage and security requirements without building the infrastructure themselves.

Do hosted virtual desktops offer equal performance to local desktops?

Hosted virtual desktops are designed to offer indistinguishable performance from traditional desktops. That said, poor connection, or using particularly demanding apps can cause users to notice a difference. For most business applications, however, users won’t notice a difference.

Are hosted virtual desktops more secure than local desktops?

Hosted virtual desktops are not necessarily more secure than local desktops. That said, they tend to be supported by large tech companies with a wide variety of resources for securing your data. Larger businesses that can build this infrastructure themselves can still achieve high security for their data without hosted virtual desktops.