Good Virtual Desktop with Office suite < HOSTED >

Looking for your Expertise utilizing VDI for your clients...

Have a Client who has 12 offices and wishes to put everything into the Cloud Server + 26 Desktops < Large >

I also have 1 Client who wishes to put all of His Stuff into the cloud < Small >

**** Only Answer if you have Experience with the product Please ******

Thank you,

Joseph SalazarVice President - Senior IT ConsultantAsked:
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nappy_dThere are a 1000 ways to skin the technology cat.Commented:
Do you have budget as this can get pretty expensive for CALs for user access.

My suggestion is that your client provide thin clients to their users and then spin up windows Terminal Servers.

In almost every solution, you cannot have multi user session access to servers with applications such as Citrix without RDP CALs.
Joseph SalazarVice President - Senior IT ConsultantAuthor Commented:
Thanks, Nappy

Completely understand it is pricey...

But we are looking for a cloud solution that can best fit our needs.

nappy_dThere are a 1000 ways to skin the technology cat.Commented:
These solutions will all work.  Are you aiming to pay for a service such as AWS from Amazon, install your own virtual hosted servers to support your company or are you looking to have this completely managed by a 3rd party and you simply pay to access your data?
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Joseph SalazarVice President - Senior IT ConsultantAuthor Commented:
Original Question was a two fold request for solution

1)  1 user 45gigs of data Hosted desktop with Office

2)  12 Offices 26 users  <Hosted Desktops> 1 Server <shared with Desktops>

do you have experience deploying this solution????

I am looking for those who have deployed and have pro's and cons on their deployment

nappy_dThere are a 1000 ways to skin the technology cat.Commented:
The amount of data to a degree, while it is important, is not so much of an issue but rather how would you like to manage these services? Are you looking to:
outsource their management as well as pay a company to host the data for you?
pay a company for the cloud infrastrusture and do all the management with your IT Staff?
Are you looking to perform this on-prem but just need to know what applications to use?
All three options above are viable. I have implemented a few of these(an there are many more but these are my preferred choices for implementation) using, Citrix and Remote Desktop Services.

All three work well as solutions.  All three offer support for Mac OS, Windows, iOS/Android tablets.

At a minimum Terminal Services works right out the gate with the least amount of licenses for concurrent user access.

With all of the above solutions, clients can be anywhere and as long as they have a 1Mbps internet connection, the experience will be good.  For the server side I recommend at least a 20Mbps or higher connection speed to support the many concurrent connections to the infrastructure.

Can be cost prohibitive due to CALs required for implementation
Data Storage costs could be high

Remote client can run iOS, Android, Mac OS or Windows for client connectivity
Client can be anywhere in the world and data would be accessible
No more worrying about road warriors losing data not synched from laptops, data never leaves office with staff

1)  1 user 45gigs of data Hosted desktop with Office

All you need for this client is one CAL and one server

2)  12 Offices 26 users  <Hosted Desktops> 1 Server <shared with Desktops>

For this client, a minimum of two servers in your environment for load balancing and failover

A suggestion I have for you is the following:
Install two servers(or more in a cluster)
Using security segmentation of your client data with one hosted solution for all your clients.  By doing this, you save your clients on the cost of Server licenses and you could possible even charge for the access to services and data storage consumed
You could even build your own hosted solution and place it in to co-located space with high internet bandwidth

PM me if you are interested.  I have consulted and implemented these solutions.


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nappy_dThere are a 1000 ways to skin the technology cat.Commented:
Hi, I'm checking in to see if there was any other information you needed for this topic.

Please let me know.
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