Virtual desktop strategies and architecture Definitions

  • B

    browser virtualization (in desktop virtualization)

    Virtualizing a browser helps companies run mission-critical applications in legacy browsers.

  • C

    Citrix HDX 3D Pro

    Citrix HDX 3D Pro is a group of remote display and graphics acceleration technologies designed to optimize the user experience of resource-intensive virtual applications on the XenDesktop and XenApp platforms.

  • Citrix Secure Browser

    Citrix Secure Browser is virtualization software that allows web applications to run in incompatible browsers.

  • Citrix XenApp

    Citrix XenApp is an application virtualization product that extends Microsoft Remote Desktop Session Host desktop sessions and apps to users via the Citrix HDX protocol. It can run on Citrix XenServer or other server virtualization platforms.

  • Citrix XenClient

    Citrix XenClient is a Type 1 (or bare metal) client hypervisor from software provider Citrix Systems.

  • client hypervisor

    A client hypervisor is a hypervisor that resides on a laptop, PC or other client device.

  • ControlUp

    ControlUp is a monitoring software company that sells tools IT professionals can use to manage, monitor and analyze virtual desktop and application performance.

  • D

    Desktop as a Service (DaaS)

    Desktop as a service (DaaS) is a cloud computing offering in which a third party hosts the back end of a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) deployment.

  • Desktop as a Service provider (DaaS provider)

    A Desktop as a Service provider is a company that hosts virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) for customers and delivers virtual desktops to those organizations' end users.

  • E

    eG Innovations

    eG Innovations is an end-user experience and infrastructure monitoring software vendor best known for its eG Enterprise product.

  • G

    GPU (graphics processing unit)

    A graphics processing unit (GPU) is a computer chip that performs rapid mathematical calculations, primarily for the purpose of rendering images.

  • H

    host-based virtual machine

    A host-based virtual machine is an instance of a desktop operating system that runs on a centralized server. Access and control is provided to the user by a client device connected over a network.

  • hot desking

    Hot desking is a work space sharing model in which employees outnumber desks. In some such environments, each work station has its own computer and the worker logs into a virtual desktop. In other implementations, workers have notebook computers that they bring to work with them or store in a locker on the premises, along with any personal effects.

  • HTML 5 desktop client

    An HTML5 desktop client is a type of remote desktop client that provides an end user with access to a desktop or application through a web browser.

  • N

    nonpersistent desktop

    A non-persistent desktop is a virtual desktop that does not maintain user data, personalized settings, or any other changes made by the end user.

  • P

    persistent desktop

    A persistent desktop is a virtual desktop that maintains user settings and data so that each time a user logs into their virtual desktop, all of their personalized settings, files and data appear.

  • R

    remote desktop connection broker

    A remote desktop connection broker allows clients to access various types of server-hosted desktops and applications.

  • Remote Desktop Services (RDS)

    Remote Desktop Services (RDS) is an umbrella term for several specific features of Microsoft Windows Server that allow users to remotely access graphical desktops and Windows applications.

  • RemoteFX

    RemoteFX is a set of protocols for Microsoft's Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) that are used to remotely deliver Windows virtual desktops over a local area network (LAN).

  • V

    virtual desktop

    A virtual desktop is a computer operating system that does not run directly on the endpoint hardware from which a user accesses it.

  • virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI)

    Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is a desktop virtualization technology wherein a desktop operating system, typically Microsoft Windows, runs and is managed in an on-premises or cloud data center.

  • virtual hard disk (VHD)

    Virtual hard disk (VHD) is a disk image file format for storing the complete contents of a hard drive.

  • VMware Horizon Client

    VMware Horizon Client is software that IT or users install on endpoint devices to connect with Horizon View virtual desktops and applications running on vSphere ESXi servers in a company's data center.

  • W

    Windows Thin PC

    Windows Thin PC (WinTPC)  is a stripped down version of Windows 7 for legacy PCs that do not have the resources to support a full version of Windows 7.

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