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What are virtual desktops?

Business in today’s connected modern world means the ability to access your files and applications securely from anywhere is vital. Virtual Desktops make this possible by allowing you to manage your entire operation from wherever you are.

With a virtual desktop, the operating system does not run on the endpoint hardware being used, but rather through software connected to the cloud. Your monitor, keyboard and mouse all connect to a desktop in the cloud without the need for additional hardware.


Virtual Desktops usually rely on virtualization software to mimic hardware capabilities. Operating systems, data and applications are abstracted from the computing device’s underlying hardware.

A desktop operating system runs inside a virtual machine (VM) that can be installed on an on-site server, a cloud server or on a PC. The main reason to run it on a PC is that it allows multiple desktops to be created.

Why Virtual Desktops?

// Improve workplace flexibility

// Increase productivity

// Minimize costs

// Enhanced application testing

// Simplify IT management


There are three types of virtual desktops. Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) is technology that allows desktop operating systems to run VMs through on-premise servers.

Desktop as a Service (DaaS) has the same functionalities, but does so through a cloud server.

Microsoft Remote Desktop Service (RDS) allows many users to share only one Windows Server operating system.

RDS does not use virtualization software, but instead the OS is directly installed on the server and a remote display protocol presents components of the OS to the endpoint device.

SorceTek can help you decide which type of virtual desktop makes the most sense for your organization.

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