ManageOps is pleased to announce the availability of Cloud-Based VDI as an option for Hosted Private Cloud customers. Historically, most customers have been well-served by Cloud desktops delivered from shared servers using Microsoft Remote Desktop Services and Citrix XenApp. However, there are some situations where this approach may fall short. For example, there are still some applications that will not run properly in a multi-user environment. There are also situations where a power user may need dedicated processor and RAM resources to run applications that require substantial resources and may cause “noisy neighbor” problems when run on a shared server platform that is servicing other users as well. Both of these situations can often be addressed by dedicating an Operating System instance per user. More information on the distinction between Cloud-Based VDI and other forms of Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) can be found in our blog post entitled Cloud-Based VDI vs. DaaS – Is There a Difference?
What this is NOT
We are not announcing the availability of Windows 7 or Windows 8.x desktops running in the Cloud. If you need a Cloud-based infrastructure that provides access to Windows 7 or Windows 8.x desktops, we will be happy to provide a proposal for a customized Cloud solution. Microsoft has chosen not to include these desktop Operating Systems in the Service Provider License Agreement (SPLA), meaning that service providers like ManageOps can only provide access to Windows 7 and Windows 8.x desktops under very specific conditions that must be evaluated and quoted on a case-by-case basis.
What this IS
ManageOps’s Cloud-Based VDI option provides a VDI user with a dedicated instance of Windows Server 2008 R2 or, optionally, Windows Server 2012 R2. We use Microsoft policies to change the “look and feel” of the desktop to the familiar Windows 7 or Windows 8 user interface. This approach allows us to maintain compliance with the Microsoft SPLA while still supporting applications that do not run well in a multi-user environment, providing dedicated processor and RAM resources to users whose needs demand it, and providing power users a greater level of administrative control over their own desktops than can be provided in a multi-user environment where a single user’s changes could adversely affect other users.
For more information, contact ManageOps at (425) 939-2700, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or click the “Request a Quote” button on this page.