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Hosted Virtual Desktop (HVD)

Definition - What does Hosted Virtual Desktop (HVD) mean?

A hosted virtual desktop (HVD) is a user interface that connects to data and applications which are stored on a cloud service provider’s servers, rather than on an end user’s computer or a corporate network.

A HVD is also known as a cloud-hosted virtual desktop.

Techopedia explains Hosted Virtual Desktop (HVD)

A HVD is considered a thick-client user environment. The end user does not notice any difference in experience while using an HVD, versus a traditional (local) desktop environment. A HVD provides many advantages over traditional desktop strategies, especially continuity, flexibility and agility, which are crucial to today's IT-driven world.

HVD advantages are as follows:

  • Service provider is responsible for data storage, upgrades, security and backup
  • Provides significant benefit to the mobile workforce, especially in the area of accessibility. All resources can access their desktops from any location with the help of the Internet.
  • Service providers can deliver higher availability, redundancy and optimized power.
  • Additional features, like remote replication for protecting data
  • Multiple device support
  • More easily available business continuity
  • Cost savings, with respect to the hardware used like desktops and operating expenses
  • Provides the most flexibility and agility for a business environment
  • HVD disadvantages are as follows:

  • Inability to prioritize Desktop as a Service (DaaS) traffic while using the public Internet may impact overall system performance.
  • Visibility and control issues
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