Virtual Desktops – Choose the Right Plan

How are Desktops Typically Used at Work?

Organizations try to control access, rights to install applications, or the right to access an application. Users have their own needs. Some like to browse with a hidden IP or a dedicated IP. Some only need basic browsing capabilities, others may also need the Microsoft Office, and still others will want to install custom apps. Some applications may require enormous resources on the desktops. There is one or more choice of our virtual desktops that will perfectly meet every such user need.

What Choices Do We Offer?

Choice of Vendors

Apps4Rent’s virtual desktop solutions have been developed using the world’s top two technologies in virtualization – Microsoft and Citrix, with each of them having its own unique advantages and functionalities. For example, a Citrix virtual desktop is engineered to render graphic-intensive software or animation applications much better.

Session-Based or Dedicated Virtual Desktops

Session-based Virtual Desktops are locked down desktops and they come with pre-installed applications in a shared space. Users cannot install their own applications or make changes to the desktop. They can only access the pre-installed applications and browse the Internet. We provide session-based-desktops with both Microsoft and Citrix technologies.

Dedicated virtual desktops give you the ability to install your own applications. You also get dedicated resources like a dedicated processor, RAM, and disk space. As the main user, you can add more add-on users to the same desktop and save valuable dollars. In other words you do not need purchase separate desktops for each user. A single dedicated desktop can be purchased and additional users can be added on in a cost-effective manner.

Office Licenses

With all our dedicated virtual desktop offerings, you can purchase Office 365 ProPlus that comes with MS Office 2016 Suite and includes 1 TB of additional space with OneDrive for Business. Each user gets to install the OFfice suite on 5 desktops and 5 tablets and 5 phones, in addition to having access to Office Online on the web.

Ability to Add Users to a Single Virtual Desktop

You can add additional users to the existing dedicated virtual desktops; they prove to be highly cost-effective since the add-on users cost much less than going in for additional dedicated virtual desktops

Ability to Install Custom Applications

With dedicated virtual desktops you have the right to install your own, line-of-business custom applications. We can help you to find the right configuration of RAM, vCPU and disk space that will perfectly complement your custom application.

Plans with a Wide Range of RAM/vCPU/Storage

Different business needs call for different combinations of configurations between the RAM, vCPU and storage capabilities. Keeping this in mind, we offer you as many as four plans for Microsoft virtual desktops and four more for Citrix virtual desktops.

The table below will help you choose the right offering and get the top value for your dollar.

User Scenarios Right Virtual Desktop Plan Reasoning

Need a locked-down version of the desktop with access only to pre-installed Apps with Office Suite. Use for browsing web sites or accessing web-based solutions.

Microsoft Session-Based Virtual Desktop

Microsoft session-based virtual desktop plans start at $24.95 per user per month and come with 20+ Apps and Office Suite.  Cost-effective solution.

Use for simply browsing sites without exposing your IP

Microsoft Session-Based Virtual Desktop

If you are just looking towards browsing the Internet without exposing your own IP then the Microsoft session-based virtual desktop is the best and most cost-effective solution.

Need to install custom applications on the desktop;  Also access the 20+ pre-installed Apps and Office Suite

Microsoft Dedicated Virtual Desktop Environment

With Microsoft dedicated virtual desktops-you will be able to install custom applications.  Besides, you can decide what applications you want to uninstall from the pre-installed apps.  Please check the custom application requirements and choose for the right configuration needed for the same.

Need to install custom applications on the desktop but not sure about the configuration

Microsoft Dedicated Virtual Desktop (Bronze)

Our plans are scalable and you can start with a lower plan and always move to another or change individual resources like vCPU, RAM and disk space.

Need to install custom applications on the desktop but  the higher configuration that I need is not listed

Microsoft Dedicated Virtual Desktop (Gold)

If you need more resources than what is provided in our highest plan, the Gold plan, then you can sign up for virtual desktop Gold plan and purchase additional resources.

Need a desktop with Dedicated IP

Dedicated Virtual Desktop (Bronze)

All our dedicated virtual desktop offerings come with dedicated IP

Want to use MS Office Suite

Dedicated Virtual Desktop (Bronze or higher) with Office 365 ProPlus

You can purchase dedicated virtual desktop plan with Office 365 ProPlus, you also get 1 TB per user space via OneDrive For Business.

Want to use my own Office 365 setup

Dedicated Virtual Desktop (Bronze)

You will be able to install your pre-purchased Office installation subscribed via Office 365 subscription program.  Please note that you need to have subscribed to Office 365 ProPlus or higher.  Office 365 Business plans do not allow running MS Office suite in a virtual environment

Want to use my own MS Office license

Dedicated Virtual Desktop (Bronze or higher) with Office 365 ProPlus

You will not be able to install your own desktop version of MS Office.  Your local desktop installation of MS Office cannot be installed on virtual desktops.  The only exception is installing Office Suite via Office 365 subscription.  Please note that these limitations are based on Microsoft’s licensing and not from our side.  Every provider will have to adhere to these aspects.

Multiple users will access a site but they all need different IP

Dedicated Virtual Desktop (Bronze)

Dedicated virtual desktop plan would be the ideal plan.  It costs as little as $24.95 per month and each desktop comes with a separate IP

Need to install custom applications but at the same time want the environment to be in locked-down state for other users

Dedicated Virtual Desktops with Add-On Users

Company Admin can install custom application on the dedicated virtual desktop and then add additional users.  Company Admin can then limit access to applications and disable permission for installing additional applications.  Adding add-on users to the dedicated virtual desktops is very cost effective as add-on users cost less when compared to full-blown dedicated virtual desktops.  Besides the administrator has to install the applications once and the applications can then be used by other users on the same VDI in locked down state.

Need to run graphic-intensive applications or animation applications

Citrix Dedicated Virtual Desktops

With its proprietary HDX technology, Citrix dedicated virtual desktops give an unmatched graphics and multimedia experience and are therefore the ideal solution. Besides, with the Citrix dedicated virtual desktops you will also be able to install your custom animation applications.

Intensive browsing of multimedia/graphic-heavy sites

Citrix Session-Based Virtual Desktop

With its proprietary HDX technology, Citrix session-based virtual desktop is the ideal solution for high-end multimedia experience at an attractive price-point.  Users will not be able install any custom applications on Citrix session-based virtual desktop.  If custom applications are needed then Citrix dedicated virtual desktops are needed.

Want to use accounting-based applications like QuickBooks

Microsoft Dedicated Virtual Desktops

You can install accounting applications like QuickBooks and others on the dedicated virtual desktops and use it from anywhere and any device.  Besides you could also have add-on users and they could access the QuickBooks application as well.  We recommend at least dedicated virtual desktops silver or higher for optimal performance of accounting applications.

Want to run tax-based applications

Microsoft Dedicated Virtual Desktops

You can install tax applications like UltraTax and others on the dedicated virtual desktops and use them from anywhere and from any device.  Besides you could also have add-on users and they could access the tax applications.  We recommend at least dedicated virtual desktops silver or higher for optimal performance of tax applications.

Want to use CAD-based applications like AutoCAD

Citrix Dedicated Virtual Desktops

You can install any application including applications like AutoCAD on the Citrix dedicated virtual desktops and use them from anywhere and from any device.  Besides, you could also have add-on users and they could access the same applications.

Need to install any third party application/custom application or line-of business applications

Microsoft Dedicated Virtual Desktops

You can install any application on the dedicated virtual desktops and use them from anywhere and from any device.  Besides, you could also have add-on users and they could access the same applications.

Want to install development applications

Microsoft Dedicated Virtual Desktops

You can install any application on the dedicated virtual desktops and use it from anywhere and any device. 

Want to install Visual Studio or other Windows-based applications

Microsoft Dedicated Virtual Desktops

You can install Visual Studio on Microsoft dedicated virtual desktops and use it anywhere and from any device.  Platforms like Visual Studio would need at least Microsoft dedicated virtual desktops silver or higher for optimum performance.

An organization looking towards synchronizing its own on-premise Active Directory with our desktop solution

Dedicated Desktop Environment

Synchronizing your local Active Directory with our desktop solution requires a dedicated desktop environment built for you.  Please contact our sales team for further information.