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Virtual Desktop Infrastructure. Cloud-hosted desktops on enterprise-grade infrastructure for ultimate scalability and IT agility.

Quick facts: Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

What is VDI?

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) allows organisations to run user desktops as a virtual machine (VM) from a centralised server. It provides a fully personalised desktop to each user within the organisation, while providing the user with increased flexibility and the IT organisation with improved security and agility.

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Key benefits:

Flexibility

Security

Agility

Privacy

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Virtual Desktop Solutions Overview

Up to 100 desktops

Solution: Desktop as a Service (DaaS)

DaaS provides ultimate agility and cost-efficiency for individuals, smaller teams and SMBs. The solution is fully hosted and allows virtual user desktops to be created on request, combining all the features and functionality of desktop virtualisation without the need of investment in a dedicated virtual desktop infrastructure.

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Up to 1,000 desktops

Solution: Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI)

Larger teams and medium-sized companies can significantly benefit from cost-efficiencies of their own virtual desktop infrastructure over the ad-hoc DaaS model. This solution provides more access and control to allow for specific IT, control, and compliance requirements. Designed with scalability in mind, this solution remains reliable and flexible throughout periods of change and growth.

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Up to 10,000s desktops

Solution: Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI)

The enterprise-level solution is based on ultimate resilience, reliability and security that can only be achieved by using a dedicated virtualised infrastructure. UKFast's fully-owned UK-based data centres are the perfect basis for continuous monitoring and 24/7/365 provisioning of business-critical solutions. Dedicated experts ensure the solution design, architecture and execution reflects the requirements of any enterprise-level organisation.

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Features Overview

UKFast's Virtual Desktop Infrastructure runs on Cisco using Citrix® XenApp and XenDesktop, the leading provider of desktop virtualisation. Below is an overview of some of the core features - contact us for further information:

  • Deployment of XenApp server hosted apps across 2012 R2 and 2008 R2 Windows operating systems (coming soon)
  • Secure access to Windows apps from variety of devices (iOS, Android, Mac, Windows)
  • Low-cost, secure virtual XenApp desktops for flexibility and control
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  • Faster session load times based on configurable pre-launch technology and quick app reconnect settings
  • Simple and automated deployment for large scale projects, including multi-tenant and hybrid cloud implementations
  • Simplified operations with powerful monitoring and analytics
  • Citrix Director delivers role-based access to enable IT helpdesk to quickly troubleshoot and resolve issues
  • Custom delegated administration to allow large IT teams to define scope and roles for compliance and control
  • Configuration Logging enables IT to monitor and track granular configuration changes to their app and desktop delivery infrastructure
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  • Central image management of XenApp servers simplifies management of small and large deployments of physical or virtual XenApp servers to support any type of use case while reducing the cost, complexity and amount of required shared storage.
  • Enterprise scalability of XenApp simplifies the rapid provisioning, patching, and updated of 1,000 of apps and desktops to 100,000 of users anywhere at any time
  • Access from any device allows free choice of BYO device
  • Enterprise app store powered by StoreFront allows users to self-select authorised apps and desktops for consistent experience
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  • Clientless HTML 5 receiver for easier access of virtual apps and desktops from any device. No installation needed on physical client
  • Centralised and universal printing services to mitigate management burden of network and local printer drivers
  • High security enables secure access from anywhere without exposing the corporate network
  • FIPS compliant to help IT administrators simplify security compliance and data protection through strict security compliance
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  • Centrally secured apps protected on data centre level are securely delivered as required to any user anywhere for protection of sensitive data

Why UKFast for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

Full ownership and control. UKFast is the UK's largest independently owned hosting company. We fully own, manage and operate our ISO-certified data centre complex, which offers over 80,000 sq ft of enterprise-grade facilities to ensure the perfect environment for your business-critical processes.

100% network uptime. Virtual Desktop Infrastructure is classed as a business-critical solution, which is why we guarantee network uptime of 100%. Our award-winning support pods provide a dedicated team of experts for each of our customers.

Industry leading support. Our UK-based support is at hand 24/7/365 should the need arise. Our industry-leading SLA ensures your solution is supported in the best possible way. And in excess of +70, our Net Promoter Score (NPS), a standardised industry measure of customer satisfaction, stands at well over ten times the industry average of +7.


Whitepaper: Is VDI right for your business?

Deciding whether Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) is right for your business is the first consideration on your path to adopting this powerful technology. This whitepaper features key information to help make an informed decision.

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) allows organisations to run user desktops as a virtual machine (VM) from a centralised server. It provides a fully personalised desktop to each user within the organisation, while providing the user with increased flexibility and the IT organisation with improved security and agility.

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