Virtual desktops are not a completely new phenomenon, but with the development of technology its characteristics have improved, and the service has become much better. It is especially relevant now, as companies risk going back to remote work because of the quarantine that has not yet fully ended. Virtual desktops help make it easy and safe to use your data from the company at home. In this article, we’ll review the best virtual desktop providers and point out what features they have.
Amazon WorkSpaces Overview
Amazon WorkSpaces is at the top of our review today because of its leading position in DaaS. It offers great and profitable features at reasonable prices. By using a quality protocol, it allows you to compress and encrypt the data that is going to be transferred from one PC to another. AWS works with almost all operating systems, and the main plus is its pricing principle. The developers provide different rate options depending on your disk size, memory capacity, and several processors, and provides a free usage period of up to 40 hours per month.
You can also decide for yourself what you want to pay, for the number of hours or in principle per month. Subscription is as easy to check as it is to subscribe, and you can cancel whenever you want.
Citrix DaaS Overview
Citrix DaaS is also not the last word in DaaS and is a great solution for employees who prefer the phone to desktops. By ordering services from this provider, you can use them with any OS and easily switch between devices. The software adapts perfectly to any screen size.
The amount you pay for the service also depends on many factors. For example, the Standalone version is cloud-based and available on Windows and Linux, while Workspace Premium Plus includes support for any public cloud or hypervisor in its services and can function perfectly on Windows and Linux, mobile app, and SaaS.
Citrix also offers integration with business-critical applications like Skype.
Windows Virtual Desktop Overview
This service allows you to run virtual desktop windows 10 and windows 7 with the support of multiple Microsoft applications. But Windows is not the only OS on which this service can be available, iOS, macOS, Android, and many other operating systems are also compatible with it.
The company’s pricing is also trying to be flexible, which will help you choose a rate tailored specifically to your requirements. If you decide on a long-term subscription (from 1 to 3 years), you get a discount for the entire period of use. The official website of the company even has a special calculator to calculate and estimate your costs much easier and faster.
The Windows virtual desktop offers the following advantages:
- Data backup and recovery
- Encrypted backups
- Automatic failover
VMWare Horizon Cloud Overview
Horizon is renowned for its excellent performance, quality scaling, and seamless operation. The special Instant Clone feature helps customers efficiently clone and customize all the data from your main desktop and transfer it to your remote computer. This is a very convenient feature because these clones are separate devices that are easy to configure and can also share a virtual disk, which reduces resource consumption and memory and accordingly saves your costs.
The price of your plan will depend on factors such as:
- Principle of use (named or concurrent)
- Payment method (actual or contractual)
- Versions of the plan