THE TRADITIONAL APPROACH
Many providers offer virtual desktop or desktop as a service solutions, although on the surface they all appear to be the same, under the covers all are not equal, with various limitations or considerations to take into account.
There are three general types of virtual desktop:
- Shared session or a “terminal” service.
- Pooled virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI)
- Dedicated or persistent virtual desktop (VDI)
Shared session is the most common form of virtual desktop and works by allowing multiple users to connect to a single machine, with one getting a part or “session” on that machine. Each user appears to have their own desktop with a set of applications. However, this set of applications is predefined based on the machine they are connecting to. In most cases the user has no choice over the applications available to them and cannot install their own applications or updates.
Also, some applications do not work correctly when installed into such shared session environments or require changes to make them work correctly.
Pooled virtual desktop creates a set (or pool) of virtual desktops. Users are connected to one of the machines and the machine is “theirs” for the duration they are connected to it. Once the user disconnects, the machine becomes available to the pool again and a different user will be allocated to it.
As Pooled VDI uses true virtual computers, most applications will install correctly on them without modification. However, as the machines are shared between multiple users, a single user is still unable to install additional applications or updates themselves.
Dedicated virtual desktops are the latest generation technology providing each user with their own dedicated virtual desktop. This is the technology delivered through Acuutech’s future generation virtual desktop platform.
WHY ACUUTECH’S VIRTUAL DESKTOP SOLUTION IS DIFFERENT
Acuutech’s virtual desktop solution is based on “per, user, persistent VDI” technology. What that really means is that each user gets their own personal virtual computer, in exactly the same way they would when using a real computer. It’s a computer allocated to them, that they control the settings and applications on, accessible from any devices, at any time via an Internet connection.
DELIVERING REAL WORLD BENEFITS
No application limits. You can install applications or apply updates, just as you would on any computer. You are not limited to a list of applications that were deployed when the system was first set-up.
Simple updating – when utilities like Flash player or Java are released, users can easily apply the updates themselves.
Control virtual desktops just as you would any other computer, using the tools, process and software you already utilise in your current IT system.
No slow down with load. Each user’s machine does not slow down as more of your staff connect, as each virtual desktop is dedicated to them and is not part of a “shared” solution.
Tailor your desktop’s specifications and performance to meet your users’ exact needs. RAM, CPU, hard-disk and graphics resources may all be changed to deliver the exact system performance you need.
Third party applications or your critical bespoke line of business software just work, with no limitations or loss in functionality and without any requirement for changes or repackaging.