A Hosted Desktop (DaaS), also known as a Cloud Desktop or Virtual Desktop, offers a simple, stable and secure solution.
Our Hosted Desktop \ Remote Working Solution allows your workforce to work from home (or anywhere), on any device including Laptops, tablets and smart phones. This allows your business to remain as productive as possible even when major events occur affecting normal in-office activities.
Affinity Smart Hosted Solutions cater to several different uses. From the light use by administrative software to intense graphical and multimedia design applications such as Adobe Creative Suite, we have your business covered.
We go even further to secure you and your clients’ data. Your data and applications will be stored securely inside ISO 27001 and 27017 accredited UK data centres protected by world class military grade 2048-bit encryption giving you the confidence only the person it was intended for can access it.
The Affinity Smart Hosted Desktop Solutions give incredible flexibility and accessibility for your workforce. Allowing them to work from anywhere and giving them secure access to your data, software and applications on any device that has access to the internet.
As your organisation changes so will your IT needs. Affinity Smart Hosted Desktop solutions are designed to adapt and adjust as much as your organisation needs them to. Only providing the functions needed, keeping productivity high whilst keeping costs low.
Affinity Smart Hosted Desktop solutions are designed to offer a wide range of users. From the low intensity software used by an administrator to the intense CAD and Adobe Creative Suite users. Our NVIDIA solution offers a truly powerful GPU led Hosted Desktop Solution to let your high-end users continue to work anywhere they need to.
Our customers data is at the heart of everything we do. This is the reason why we have put in the ambitious data security systems and procedures in place so that you can quickly access crucial data but at no cost to data security. Your data is secured in ISO 9001, 27001 & 27017 accredited data centres.
Ok, so the Hosted Desktop solution in the cloud is already secured as detailed above, but what about the local device being used to connect?
As mentioned, you can connect from any device and anywhere, however depending on your industry, there may be other concerns in relation to the local device.
For example, the financial and insurance industry, security is a critical and constant concern. Customer data must be protected to meet regulatory requirements, while also ensuring operational efficiency through high performance and high availability.
So, to meet these kinds of challenges we offer a solution tailored to meet your business or industry requirements with IGEL.
IGEL provides an Endpoint Operating System designed for Remote Working. Available either as a Portable USB Disk or by turning ANY x86-64 device (like HP \ Dell \ Lenovo, etc) into a fully functioning read-only endpoint for Hosted Desktops ensuring a secure chain of trust from the employee through to cloud-hosted apps and workloads.
Whether that be on a business owned or on users’ own device (BYOD), IGELs OS immediately minimises endpoint attack surfaces and complements a zero-trust model.
Although this is not a necessary requirement to run the Hosted Desktop solution, we are able to implement for those businesses requiring or looking for the ultimate secure solution.
Generally, we offer this service for FREE if you commit for a period of 12months. Our on-boarding process consists of a needs analysis, project scoping and creation of your new cloud-based system, all completely free, whatever it may be.
There are small additional per-user charges, such as migrating all your emails or data from off your old system and onto the new one. However, we try to keep these costs to a minimum and will always be upfront with you beforehand.
In Most Cases YES.
Functionally, a virtual machine is very close to a physical machine. It can perform almost all the same tasks that a physical machine can, and often faster than a physical machine with identical spec. There are a few exceptions (such as certain versions of Microsoft 365) that are prohibited from running on virtual desktops due to licensing agreements.
Mostly, yes, depending on the task and spec of the machine. A cloud-based virtual machine is also superior thanks to its reliability, security and zero need for maintenance. Additional points include its scalability, no capital layout, space saving and a reduced need for an in-house IT team – Affinity Smart IT provides IT Support.
Another factor to consider is internet speed. You would usually have between 30-60 Mbps internet at home, with an office user needing between 70-150 Mbps. The per-machine internet speed at our data centres is between 350-550 Mbps – quite a difference!
It’s true that for certain applications (such as intensive graphic/ 3D design) an ordinary VM might be somewhat slower than a custom-built physical machine. However, we offer bespoke solutions for some of our customers (such as architects and designers) where the VM is equipped with a graphics card as well. These machines can match or beat the performance of a physical machine with similar spec.
In short, Yes and No.
For security reasons, we prefer not allowing customers to install their own apps, but at the same time, we understand the occasional need for customers to do this. There are two ways in which we can handle such requests:
Yes it does!
In essence you just need the Microsoft 365 Pro Plus; Premium or E3 license. We also provide a solution that includes the Office Suite and an email address on a dedicated Exchange platform.
Yes! Your shiny new virtual machine is protected by round-the-clock security guards, and comes with military-grade encryption (2048 -bit), military-grade firewalls and banking-level security (IL4). AND on this solution we work with G-Cloud 12 security standard partners.
A virtual desktop can be accessed via any device that has internet connectivity and Remote Desktop Service (RDS) – which means most smartphones and tablets, as well as PC, Linux, Chromebook and Mac.
If your equipment previously ran on the machine from which you are running your virtual desktop, then it will also work on the virtual desktop. Our team can assist you with any setup that may be required. Please be sure to mention all the devices you would like to connect when you have your project scoping meeting with your assigned project manager.
This solution provides a 24/7 business-critical support with full support between the hours of 9am-5.30pm Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays).
In short: nothing
We offer free upgrades for both Windows and Office, although only upon request. The reason for this is that sometimes your current software, especially custom software, might not work properly on newer versions of Windows or not interface correctly with Office.
Before upgrading, we will perform a thorough compatibility assessment, run some tests, and create a rollback plan in case things go wrong. This enables us to easily restore your system to the way it was before in the event that the upgrades were not compatible.