HOSTED DESKTOPS




What are Hosted Desktops?

Our Hosted Desktops deliver a seamless solution which frees businesses from the hassle of IT management. Simply connect to our cloud platform to access your state of the art, optimised Windows Desktop. Instead of the settings, data and operating system being stored on your local office PC, everything runs from a server in our secure state-of-the-art data centre.

Each user is provided with their own Windows Hosted Desktop that can be accessed from any machine or device with an internet connection. Users can access all of their files, data and applications from on the road, at home or when meeting a client.

For an IT administrator, all the files, user profiles and data is held in one location, regardless of where employees choose to work or how they access their desktop. Hosted Desktop also remedies other IT pain: any Microsoft software is upgraded automatically for free; users are protected from viruses; and files are automatically backed up for disaster recovery.

Business applications such as CRM, ERP, databases and accounting packages can be seamlessly integrated to deliver a fully functional desktop. Users can access the applications they need and from wherever they need to work without the hardware limitations of the device they need to access it from.



Why A Hosted Desktop?

  • Work from anywhere
  • IT integration
  • Reduce your IT costs
  • Save on energy bills and reduce your carbon footprint
  • IT support
  • Security and reliability
  • Business continuity



What is Virtual Desktop?

Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is the practice of hosting a desktop operating system within a virtual machine (VM) running on a centralised server. VDI is a variation on the client/server computing model, sometimes referred to as server-based computing. The term was coined by VMware. In the past couple of years, some large organisations have turned to VDI as an alternative to the server-based computing model.

Is there a minimum term contract?

Yes, Insta Digital hosted desktop does have a minimum subscription period of 12 months. Beyond this each hosted desktop is on a month-to-month contract. One of the benefits of the hosted desktop is the flexibility it gives your IT infrastructure in that it can be expanded or reduced rapidly to meet the seasonal demands on your business

Do I need to purchase any special equipment?

No, you can use any PC, Mac or Linux machine to connect to your hosted desktop. One of the initial cost-savings is the ability to continue to use your existing PCs. As the processing power, RAM, and storage are provided by our servers you are even able to use older PCs that would be unable to run a new Operating System, thus extending their useful life.

You may decide to purchase thin client machines which are cheaper than PCs, and would further enhance the benefits of moving to a hosted desktop environment. Thin clients are physically smaller PCs; they cost less than a normal PC, and use a lot less energy.

How Do I get started?

The first steps are to decide if a hosted desktop environment is suitable for your business. Our skilled team can discuss this with you and understand more about your business. We can then advise you of the potential benefits and possible drawbacks for your business.

What is the Set-Up Process?

Once your order is placed our UK based team will agree a setup and migration plan with you which suits your individual circumstances. If you simply need us to provide you with your chosen Hosted Virtual Desktop package we can usually deliver your new Desktop access within 24-48 hours and you’re good to go. If your requirements are a little more detailed our support team will agree the final configuration and deployment schedule with you.

How much is the setup / migration cost..?

Setup and migration are treated as and charged as separate elements; Setup costs include configuration and delivery of the Hosted Virtual Desktop plan you have chosen, and providing you with your access information e.g. username and passwords for your users to login into their Desktops. At this point you will be charged for any setup and desktop license costs.

Migration is a separate function and can involve the migration of both Data and Applications from your legacy network, or other hosting providers. Your may prefer to perform these migrations, however where migration support is required, Clouds’ expert team can work with you to migrate everything you need to and we’ll agree a cost for this with you as an on-going project. Please note, desktop license and setup costs are payable during any migration process as depending on the applications being migrated and the support required from the vendor, it can take some time to complete migration of some applications.

Can I use the computers I already own?

Absolutely yes, provided they support remote desktop services (RDS) which includes all  Windows 7, 8 , 9  and 10 machines. Alternatively login can be done through a web browser (required Active-X to be enabled).

Can I print to the printers in my office?

Yes, If a printer is already setup for your machine to print to it, this will also apply to the hosted desktop when setup.

Will my current Business Applications work..?

Setup and migration are treated as and charged as separate elements; Setup costs include configuration and delivery of the Hosted Virtual Desktop plan you have chosen, and providing you with your access information e.g. username and passwords for your users to login into their Desktops. At this point you will be charged for any setup and desktop license costs.

Migration is a separate function and can involve the migration of both Data and Applications from your legacy network, or other hosting providers. Your may prefer to perform these migrations, however where migration support is required, Insta Digital’s  expert team can work with you to migrate everything you need to and we’ll agree a cost for this with you as an on-going project. Please note, desktop license and setup costs are payable during any migration process as depending on the applications being migrated and the support required from the vendor, it can take some time to complete migration of some applications.

Insta Digital offer Citrix Hosted Desktops or RDPWhich is right for me,?

It really depends on what you need for your business and what your budgets are, we can provide a 10% discount on our Professional and Enterprise plans for the RDP accessed desktop because we don’t have to pay for Citrix licensing. RDP has and continues to be used perfectly well for many businesses but Citrix has some distinct advantages including:

  • It only requires approximately a quarter of the bandwidth RDP needs for the connection.
  • It is faster in the desktop environment than an RDP desktop
  • You can easily stream HD video, and use graphically intense apps with the Citrix desktop
  • You can bolt on our exclusive Two-Factor authenticated login on the Citrix desktop for increased security

We would recommend Citrix for any business that has users who move around a lot and will potentially be accessing the desktop where bandwidth is limited. Or for businesses with particular need to stream HD video, or use graphics applications. But for traditional office use where bandwidth is not limited RDP is still a perfectly sound option at a lower price point.  Contact our specialists today for help and advice!

Can I have a trial, to try it out?

Of course, that’s easy, just get in it touch with us and we’ll discuss your requirements and provide you with a 7 day trial for the most suitable service for your needs.

Our Hosted Desktop Services

Premium

£45.00/Per Desktop Per Month

£55.00
  • VAT not Included
  • Windows 7/8/10 Style Desktop
  • MS Office 2016
  • 5GB Personal Storage
  • 10GB Network Storage
  • Mobile Access with Print Anywhere
  • Multiple UK Backup Locations
  • AVG CloudCare Security
  • Two Factor Security
  • Application Server (3+ Users)
  • Application Hosting
  • Spam & Virus Firewall
  • Anti-Virus and Malware Protection
  • 2 Year Email Archiving
  • UK based ISO-27001 Certified Data Centre's
  • 24/7 UK Based Email Support
  • 24/7 UK Based Platform Support
  • Managed Migration Service Available

Professional

55.00/Per Desktop Per Month

65.00
  • VAT not Included
  • Windows 7/8/10 Style Desktop
  • MS Office 2016
  • 10GB Personal Storage
  • 10GB Network Storage
  • Mobile Access with Print Anywhere
  • Multiple UK Backup Locations
  • AVG CloudCare Security
  • Two Factor Security
  • Application Server (3+ Users)
  • Application Hosting
  • Spam & Virus Firewall
  • Anti-Virus and Malware Protection
  • Hosted Exchange 2013/2016 Pro Mailbox
  • 2 Year Email Archiving
  • UK based ISO-27001 Certified Data Centre's
  • 24/7 UK Based Email Support
  • 24/7 UK Based Platform Support
  • Managed Migration Service Available




Insta.Digital – The Hosted Desktop Experts:

We’ve been delivering Hosted Desktop since 2009. Our leading Citrix Hosted Desktop sets new standards in the build and delivery of the service.

The Citrix platform uses industry leading Nimble storage and the latest high specification servers to deliver a consistent, secure and reliable desktop user experience whether you log in on a PC, laptop, or any other mobile device. For mobile colleagues you can also choose additional security from our SMS based two-factor authenticated login, which delivers the user a one-time password to their mobile device securely.  For office based installations we scope, migrate and install RDP Desktops.

Beyond the quality of our technology we offer award-winning support, not just for the services but the partner in the resources and personal support you have access to. It’s this commitment to quality and personal support that sets Insta Digital apart.




Why Insta Digital?

Lowers costs, Improves mobility

Scale up and down as required

Two-Factor authentication security

ISO 27001 Security

Exceptional UK partner tech support





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