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Difference between hosted desktop and vdi

Hosted desktop:-

A hosted desktop is a client-user environment in which a desktop computer (also called a thick client) accesses data on a remote server using virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). A hosted desktop can operate independently, running its own operating system and applications, while others are managed from the server


What is VDI

Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is a technology that refers to the use of virtual machines to provide and manage virtual desktops. VDI hosts desktop environments on a centralized server and deploys them to end-users on request


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  • Jul 29 2022
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  • Kashyapi Prajapati commented
    19 Aug 11:01am

    Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) provides a virtual operating system on a central server, then replicates it across remote servers and endpoints.
    It offers the same experience as being logged into the desktop computer locally, but allows remote access with a more secure connection.

    Hosted desktop is different in that IT professionals provide the hardware and software to power a single desktop. This is typically installed on-site, so it can be accessed remotely with a lower latency than VDI.

    The hosted desktop provides a complete computing environment in the cloud, but does not provide any local storage. A virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) provides a full Windows or macOS-based computing environment to an end user, which can be accessed from any device.

    Users of VDI have the ability to download and upload files from their device onto their virtual desktop and vice versa. Hosted desktops do not allow you to download or upload files, which means that all of your data is stored in the cloud.

    The hosted desktop offers a larger amount of compute power than VDI, but it also offers less portability because you're required to connect your device with Wi-Fi or Ethernet cable through local access points. On the other hand, VDI offers much less power than a full desktop, but it offers much more portability because you're allowed to connect over the internet with a dedicated device.Mobility is a key feature of VDI that allows users to work from anywhere with a desktop computer and displays. On the other hand, mobile access options for hosted desktops are limited without an external device such as dock or laptop.