Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) on Alibaba Cloud

Due to the current situation that we are living with the pandemic, the terms home office, video calls, and digitalization are playing a fundamental role in organizations and enterprises. These topics are actually the priority of most enterprises, on one hand, to keep their employees safe, productive, and happy, while on the other hand, to keep their commitment, engagement, and performance.

Enterprises must consider the consequences of working from home in terms of systems access, access to internal IT infrastructure, bandwidth costs, and data repatriation. What this means, basically, is that when employees access your data and/or databases remotely, then the risk to that data grows. While at normal times the risk is only between the server, internal network, and end-user machine, external working adds public internet, local networks, and consumer-grade security systems to the risk mix.

At the moment, one very demanded solution for enterprises is the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). It is a technology used to create a virtualized desktop environment on a remote server setup. In other words, by using VDI you can access your virtual desktops remotely.  Its benefits include enhanced user mobility, simplified IT management, and improved security. 

This week Alibaba Cloud announced the launch of their VDI solution called Elastic Desktop Service (EDS). Here the official website:

What is Elastic Desktop Service (EDS)?

Elastic Desktop Service (EDS) is an efficient, secure, and easy to use cloud-based Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) solution, that helps to quickly create and manage cloud desktops to provide a secure and flexible office system.

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Alibaba Cloud EDS architecture

What are the benefits of EDS?

Simplify desktop delivery: EDS is used to provision either Windows or Linux desktops in just a few minutes and quickly scale to provide thousands of desktops to workers across the globe.

Cost-efficient: You are charged on a pay-as-you-go basis, just for the Desktops you launch, which helps you save money when compared to traditional desktops and on-premises VDI solutions.

Security: EDS is deployed within a VPC, and integrated with Resource Access Management (RAM) and Active Directory (AD) for secure account management. No user data is stored on the local device. This helps improve the security of user data and reduces your overall risk surface area.

Global available: EDS is available in all Alibaba Cloud regions, including China, EU and US and provides access to high performance cloud desktops wherever your teams get work done. 

Centralized management: You can manage a global deployment of many thousands of desktops from the Alibaba Cloud console. And you can rapidly provision and de-provision desktops as the needs of your workforce change.

Ease of use: EDS helps to eliminate the complexity in managing hardware inventory, OS versions and patches, and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), which helps simplify the desktop delivery strategy.

What are the common use cases?

Provide secure cloud desktops for remote employees

The rapid growth of remote workers is placing pressure on IT to provide fast, easy access to corporate applications and data from remote. EDS helps remote employees access the applications users need by delivering a cloud desktop accessible anywhere with an internet connection using any supported device.

EDS remote workers

Provide secure cloud desktops for multi-branch collaborations

You can remotely connect to office desktops over the Internet to easily manage desktops from different branches distributed across regions. EDS allows you to connect to multiple AD systems. This meets the IT management requirements of large enterprises and improves collaboration efficiency.

Multi-branch collaboration
EDS multi-branch collaborations

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