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Hosted Desktop from DwDrive - A virtual desktop replacing the traditional desktop experience but without the high end hardware and software investments

Hosted Desktop

Hosted Desktop is a new, rapidly growing form of online desktop computing for businesses. With DwDrive's Hosted Desktop services, you will no longer need to manage the typical desktop in your business reducing the cost of hardware and software you will invest in. At the same time, it keeps the user experience unchanged while giving them access to 'traditional looking desktops' over an internet browser. DwDrive Hosted Desktop includes the Microsoft Windows 7 Desktop Environment and you can publish any desktop application you wish to, while DwDrive hosts, delivers, supports and runs the online desktop from our data centre over a high quality & resilient internet connection.  It removes the need for "traditional" physical desktop PCs in the office environment, reducing costs on having to buy high end hardware and software licenses to keep your business going.  Thin clients are in, so are Hosted Desktops. Gartner predicts that over 40% of the Professional PC market globally will move to Virtual Desktops by 2013 – a whopping 49 million desktops are expected to be delivered by providers like DwDrive by then! With compelling ROI, Hosted Desktops are ideal for businesses of all sizes.

Hosted Desktop 7 Professional (XenApp)

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This is the right choice for most organisations. Hosted Desktop 7 Professional offers an advanced 'high definition' virtual desktop user experience from any device. Using a combination of the latest Microsoft and Citrix technology, users have greater control over their apps and online desktop. Built on Citrix XenApp, a huge combination off applications and settings can be configured and delivered using the Citrix Receiver app or via a web browser. DwDrive can add applications to some or all users, allocate control of this direct to your admin, create, suspend, modify or delete users quickly and assign more resources when required including storage and speed of the virtual desktop.

Hosted Desktop

What's included ?

  • 10GB company shared drive
  • 5GB personal drive
  • Intelligent self-service control panel
  • Adobe PDF
  • User experience (video and sound)
  • Print anywhere installed
  • Anti-virus
  • Daily data backup
  • Secure encryption
  • 24/7 monitoring
  • 99.99% Uptime SLA

Easily expanded

  • Add users, products and applications at any time, just like a physical network.
  • Increase the speed of your online desktop
  • Additional storage (including backup)
  • Additional home or shared drives
  • Applications form our on-demand catalogue
  • Customised group policies and user environments
  • Dedicated multi-tenant virtual desktop server
  • Dedicated application servers
 
Hosted Desktop 7 Enterprise (XenDesktop)

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XenDesktop provides a virtual desktop per user, allowing them to install their applications and full control if required. It also gives the administrator full access to manage, lock down or regulate the online desktop in line with the organisations structure. Base functionality of XenApp is included, enabling login from the Citrix Receiver app or a Web Browser, plus the added possibility of installing further applications straight from the virtual desktop.

Hosted Desktop

What's included ?

  • 10GB company shared drive
  • 30GB personal drive
  • Intelligent self-service control panel
  • Adobe PDF
  • User experience (video and sound)
  • Print anywhere installed
  • Anti-virus
  • Daily data backup
  • Anti-virus
  • Local Desktop integration with the virtual desktop
  • Administrative rights
  • Secure encryption
  • 24/7 monitoring
  • 99.99% Uptime SLA

Easily expanded

  • Add users, products and applications at any time, just like a physical network.
  • Increase the speed of your online desktop
  • Additional storage (including backup)
  • Additional home or shared drives
  • Applications form our on-demand catalogue
  • Customised group policies and user environments
  • Dedicated application servers
 
Hosted Desktop Explained

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Hosted desktop computing basically involves an arrangement between a client and a data centre whereby the data centre hosts office productivity applications on its server and hosts them for the client. The client may be a business organisation that chooses to have its desktop applications and office packages hosted by a third party rather than have them installed permanently on individual computers. It has a number of benefits to businesses and so, let’s have a look at some of them. Hosted desktops, also known as online desktop computing, help to relieve businesses of their security risks. Business executives store a lot of data on their desktops. Much of this data are of a sensitive nature and can lead to serious damage to the business if it reaches the hands of competitors. In conventional desktop computing, all that data are stored on the hard drive of the computer. Additionally, backup might be taken on a CD or a flash drive in case data on the computer becomes corrupted or is lost. If the data storage, be it portable or desktop, gets lost or stolen, the chances are high that the data could be used against the business growth. With virtual desktop services, all the data is stored on the server of the data centre instead of the hard drive of the computer or any other portable hard drive. In this way, the data cannot be lost or accidentally deleted from the computer. In addition, if the data storage gets lost or stolen, there is nothing on the hard drive that could be used against the strategic interests of the business. Hosted desktop computing also enables businesses to manage their IT resources effectively. Since most of the data and office applications hosted by the data centre server, the processing capacity of each computer can be used more efficiently and at better speeds. Businesses can also benefit from online desktop systems with enhanced security that comes with centrally managing all the computers in the office. It takes less time to administer patches from a central location to all computers than to manage patches individually on each computer. This reduces the window during which any computer at the business could be infected by a security threat. Businesses also save costs with hosted desktop computing as the data centre can incrementally scale the service according to the client’s needs. Hence, the business does not have to bear the costs of ideal capacity when scaling up the computing systems.

Hosted Desktop Benefits

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'Traditional Desktop' User Experience

  • Your users will experience using the Hosted Desktop will be just like a 'Traditional Desktop'
  • Deploy any application, anytime
  • Similar performance as that of a desktop PC, even over wireless or 3G broadband connections

Enable Remote Working

  • Access your data from anytime, anywhere – be it on the move, at home or while in transit.
  • Less overheads, no necessity to be able to access home network to get the job done remotely or while in transit.

Cut IT costs by 40% and more!

  • Dramatically reduce your IT Costs and associated costs like electricity bills
  • No capital equipment expenditure, Pay a low fixed monthly subscription for only services you need and use.
  • Reduce dependence on on-premise IT teams and relevant staffing and managerial overheads
  • You no longer have to buy expensive software licenses or upgrade, they are part of the subscription

Go Green – Save the Environment

  • Save on office space by not housing numerous servers
  • Thin clients and Zero Clients consume less than 25% space compared to traditional desktops
  • Uses less electricity, zero clients require as less as 7 Watts compared to 300 Watts a traditional desktop would consume. At $0.4 Kw/h, save over 50% on your energy consumption
  • Reduces your company's carbon footprint
  • Thin clients do not come with hard drives and other components that eventually die, ensuring they last longer

Increase Security Multifold

  • 256 Bit SSL based encrypted connection
  • Your privacy and data security is guaranteed
  • Built in Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery capability
  • High availability
  • Secure yourself from data leakage, no data is saved on end user devices like iPad, Smart Phones or Thin Clients