Cloud-hosted desktops and applications guide

Cloud-hosted desktops and applications guide

Cloud-hosted VDI provides companies a way to deliver virtual desktops to remote employees on any device without incurring the infrastructure costs of an on-premises virtual desktop infrastructure. But cloud isn't appropriate for all types of desktops and applications.

In this guide, learn about cloud-hosted virtual desktops versus VDI, using hosted applications and the integration of cloud-based technologies with enterprise desktops. Also, read how vendors are merging the cloud and on-premises desktop worlds.

Table of contents:

Cloud-hosted applications

The pros and cons of using hosted apps in the enterprise
Hosted applications can reduce enterprise IT support costs and management burdens, but consider these downsides in moving to cloud apps.

Hosted application stores help IT pros wrangle cloud apps
New application delivery platforms aggregate Software as a Service (SaaS) apps and give IT a way to control how end users access cloud-based apps. Here are three to consider.

Web apps are browser-based, not browser independent
Web apps aren't a free pass on IT management. Issues such as plug-ins, security settings and browser version requirements mean that managing Web apps can be a lot of work.

VMware and Citrix extend virtualization to cloud apps
Web-based and SaaS applications are gaining traction in the enterprise. See how VMware and Citrix are moving in that direction.

VMware Horizon App Manager offers IT admins control in the cloud
VMware's cloud application management tool Project Horizon is part of VMware's cloud strategy, as well as a response to the need for a way to secure enterprise cloud-based apps.

Making sense of Cloud Gateway, VMware Horizon and Web Interface
Citrix and VMware both have software to help enterprises access all applications, enterprise and cloud. Here's how Citrix's latest version of Cloud Gateway stacks up.

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Cloud-hosted virtual desktops

Should you put virtual desktops in the cloud?
The problem with virtual desktops is the delivery -- it's expensive and complicated. For some IT shops, virtual desktops in the cloud might make more sense.

Cloud-based virtual desktops can cut costs, complexity
Enterprises can simplify desktop management with virtual desktops, but IT pros often shy away from this technology because of cost and the complexity. There are ways, however, to virtualize desktops without the infrastructure requirements -- if you trust the cloud.

Understanding cloud computing, virtual desktops and DaaS
Every technology challenge appears to have several solutions that often seem unrelated or even contradictory. IT planners for enterprises and small- and medium-sized businesses can't chase trends in all directions.

Cloud-based apps, DaaS eat into VDI usage
Cloud-based virtual desktops are not new, but they stand in the shadow of server-hosted VDI. With enterprise IT's growing comfort with cloud, Desktops as a Service (DaaS) could gain traction.

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