What is a Virtual Desktop?

Imagine that your computer was with you everywhere. We’re not talking about a laptop here; we’re talking about the stuff in your computer: your files and your applications being accessible and usable from any computer or internet connected device in the world. That would be pretty cool right?

Well, we think so! Virtual desktop is the technology that enables your computer and applications to follow you around from device to device in a secure and reliable way. Check out the content below to get the answer to what is a virtual desktop and learn more about desktop virtualization benefits.

How do you connect to a virtual desktop?

Connecting to your hosted virtual desktop is easy; all you have to do is login to our webpage to launch your desktop or applications hosted with Cloud My Office. Cloud My Office uses Citrix Receiver to securely connect your computer or internet connected device to our servers.

Citrix Receiver can be thought of as the connection broker which enables Cloud My Office to deliver your desktop anywhere in the world. Citrix is known for being the best performing hosted virtual desktop delivery platform available which is why we have centered around the Citrix VDI platform at Cloud My Office.

Different names for a virtual desktop

Virtual desktops often go by many different names. However most virtual desktops offer the similar end result of streaming a Windows virtual desktop environment over the internet to a variety of internet connected devices.

Here at Cloud My Office we commonly refer to a hosted virtual desktop as VDI or virtual desktop infrastructure, DaaS or desktop as a service or a cloud desktop. All mean the same thing; that we are delivering a desktop computing environment located on our servers in our datacenter to your internet connected device (computer, iPad, Android device etc.) over the internet.

Desktop Virtualization Benefits

Right after the question “what is a virtual desktop?” is answered the next question is: why use a virtual desktop? There are several desktop virtualization benefits compared to a standard desktop computer infrastructure including: faster computer performance managed file backups and improved security / virus protection.

Fast VDI Performance

At Cloud My Office we use the fastest hardware available host our virtual desktop sessions. Latest generation processors combined with solid state hard drives results in the fastest virtual desktop experience available.

Managed file backups

Cloud My Office backups your files every fifteen minutes. We take backups seriously to protect against hardware failures. We can even restore a file that you accidently deleted or modified.

Improved cloud security

Using Cloud My Office you leverage an enterprise grade hosting infrastructure and all associated security measures. Check out our hosted desktop security page for more details.