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CloudDesktop Tech Specs

Our CloudDesktop Tech Specs show why we’re a leader in Desktop as a Service.

  • Support for multiple operating systems (Windows XP, Windows 7)
  • Desktop specifications can be 1-8 CPUs and 1-32GB of RAM.
  • Unlimited retention period on backups

AnyDevice

Convergia’s unique AnyDevice service allows you to use any device to connect to your cloud desktop-your existing PC, dummy terminal, smartphone, tablet, or other computing device.

AnyConnect

Our proprietary AnyConnect technology allows you to connect to Convergia’s desktop cloud anyway you want-Public IP, IPSEC VPN, Layer-2 Cross-connects, MPLS, or point-to-point.

AnyImageTM

Import any PC image in use today into the Convergia desktop cloud. You can run any application you run on your PC on our cloud from Microsoft Office, to ERP and web applications, to Adobe Photoshop.

100% Availability Pledge

Convergia has built a state-of-the-art infrastructure that offers high availability and a 100% uptime guarantee.

Hybrid Architectures

Our flexible architecture allows Convergia to integrate into your existing network and with existing servers, firewalls, or appliances; allowing you to deploy your desktops with Convergia and leave your servers in-house.

Performance

Enhance and increase application performance, computer uptime, and speed by moving to Desktop as a Service with Convergia.

Save Money

Extend the life of your existing PCs by moving the processing to the cloud. Eliminate the headaches of PC refresh cycles and convert your unpredictable desktop expenses to predictable desktop expenses.

Security

Improve security by safeguarding important organizational information, thus ensuring that lost laptops will not lead to lost secrets.

Pay As You Go

Pay for only the desktops you use via an easy-to-understand pricing model with no surprises.

CloudDesktop Tech Specs: Infrastructure

Physical Hardware

Blade servers, 10Gb fabric interconnects, border routers, SAN arrays

  • Blade Servers: The vast majority of our infrastructure runs on Cisco UCS Blade Chassis. Cisco’s unified computing solutions give us the control and flexibility we need to operate an enterprise-grade environment while still giving us the flexibility to introduce different hardware vendors down the line when the hardware market changes.
  • Fabric Interconnects: Our entire virtualized infrastructure is tied together with Cisco 10 gigabyte fabric interconnects, specifically designed for tying high performance computing systems together. These are all managed through the Cisco UCS Manager, and occasionally by hand from a command line interface when necessary. Careful planning by our certified and experienced architects ensures that utilization never exceeds 80% of network capacity or any other resource, ensuring that there is always plenty of capacity for your applications.
  • Border Routers: We use Cisco routers as gateways into our infrastructure. Our border routers are specifically configured and templated for later use with the specific purpose of ensuring efficient communication as well as preventing and neutralizing a variety of attacks from malicious organizations.
  • SAN Arrays: Convergia’s storage infrastructure is built completely on NetApp controllers and storage shelves. NetApp’s unique and innovative file system allows for the highest level of performance available on the market by managing its own filing system and offloading administrative functions onto the SAN, thus freeing up compute on the rest of the infrastructure. We utilize SATA, SAS, and SSD storage platforms to allow clients to choose between performance driven or cost effective solutions that best fit your applications.

Virtual Hardware

VMware hypervisor

  • VMware Hypervisor: Just like the rest of the products we choose to run in our infrastructure, VMware dominates its industry in terms of performance, flexibility and an intuitive management system that is persistently updated with widespread improvements with each iteration. VMware meets and exceeds our needs for a reliable and intelligent virtual server management system that gracefully integrates redundancy, failover, and high availability, even when spread out over large geographical areas. VMware gives us the ability to set reservation pools for dedicated performance or release your organization into our load balanced public resources cluster allowing for large bursts of performance when high demand is placed on the system.

 

Operating Systems

Windows Server 2008 R2 operating systems

  • Windows Server 2008 R2: The Windows operating system single-handedly changed the face of the computing industry about 20 years ago with the graphical user interface being deployed in an enterprise solution for businesses. To this day, Windows represents a common medium from which users can interact with systems and feel comfortable carrying out their daily tasks and avoid sending them into culture shock by replacing that common look and feel with a proprietary operating system. By using Windows operating systems, we can ensure compatibility with the vast majority of enterprise application systems. Windows is already designed and built to provide secure and reliable enterprise-grade end user experience while providing the tools to ensure maximum productivity.

Application Orchestration

XenApp 6.5, ThinApp, and Numecent

  • The purpose of the previous layers is to host and maintain the final layer: the application layer. CloudDesktop comes with all of the typical add-ons needed for a traditional Windows experience, like Java, Flash, Silverlight, AV and AM protection, etc. Thanks to recent improvements in application packaging technology, we have the ability to package complex applications with in-depth licensing procedures to allow a much wider variety of application to be integrated into our environment. In the near future, this will include plug-in streaming on a per user basis, allowing for a truly emulated workstation environment. We utilize several tools for application management, including XenApp application and desktop orchestration, along with ThinApp and Numecent application packaging delivery platforms.

Applications

Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Acrobat, etc.

Our CloudDesktop product is built to deliver a robust and flexible virtual desktop environment for your users to maximize security and mobilized productivity. Thanks to its modular and portable design, our engineers have the flexibility to build a powerful and robust platform under which your organization can carry out day-to-day tasks under a dedicated set of resources.

There are several layers to our CloudDesktop product set, most of which share a common genome with our CloudOffice product set. Our CloudDesktop infrastructure consists of the following layers from hardware to presentation:

  • Physical Hardware: Blade servers, 10Gb fabric interconnects, border routers, SAN arrays
  • Virtual Hardware: VMware hypervisor
  • Operating Systems: Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Application Orchestration: XenApp 6.5, ThinApp, and Numecent
  • Applications: Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Acrobat, etc.

Border Routers

We use Cisco routers as gateways into our infrastructure. Our border routers are specifically configured and templated for later use with the specific purpose of ensuring efficient communication as well as prevent and neutralize a variety of attacks from malicious organizations.

SAN Arrays

Our storage infrastructure is built completely on NetApp controllers and storage shelves. NetApp’s unique and innovative file system allows for the highest level of performance available on the market by managing its own filing system and offloading administrative functions onto the SAN, thus freeing up compute on the rest of the infrastructure. We utilize SATA, SAS, and SSD storage platforms to allow clients to choose between performance driven or cost-effective solutions that best fits your applications. CloudOffice runs entirely on SATA which provides more than enough bandwidth for the application demands of this product.

Blade Servers

The vast majority of our infrastructure runs on Cisco UCS Blade Chassis. Cisco’s unified computing solutions give us the control and flexibility we need to operate an enterprise-grade environment but still give us the flexibility to introduce different hardware vendors down the line when the hardware market changes. The CloudOffice cluster runs on dual octo-core Intel Xeon processors with at least 256GB or ram per blade.

Applications

The entire purpose of the previous layers is to host and maintain the final layer: the application layer. CloudDesktop comes with all of the typical add-ons needed for a traditional Windows experience including Java, Flash, Silverlight, AV and AM protection, etc. Thanks to recent improvements in application packaging technology, we have the ability to package complex applications with in-depth licensing procedures to allow a much wider variety of applications to be integrated into our environment. In the near future this will include plug-in streaming on a per user basis allowing for a truly emulated workstation environment.

Fabric Interconnects

Our entire virtualized infrastructure is tied together with Cisco 10 gigabyte fabric interconnects, specifically designed for tying high performance computing systems together. These are all managed through the Cisco UCS Manager, and by hand from a command line interface when necessary. Careful planning by our certified and experienced architects ensures that utilization never exceeds 80% of network capacity or any other resource, ensuring there is always plenty of capacity for your applications.

VMware Hypervisor

Just like the rest of the products we choose to run in our infrastructure, VMware dominates its industry in terms of flexibility and an intuitive management system that is persistently updated with widespread improvements with each iteration. VMware meets and exceeds our needs for a reliable and intelligent virtual server management system that gracefully integrates redundancy, failover, and high availability, even when spread out over large geographical areas. VMware gives us the ability to set reservation pools for dedicated performance or release your organization into our load balanced public resources cluster allowing for large bursts of performance when high demand is placed on the system.

Windows Server 2008 R2

The Windows operating system single-handedly changed the face of the computing industry about 20 years ago with the graphical user interface being deployed in an enterprise solution for businesses. To this day, Windows represents a common medium from which users can interact with systems and feel comfortable carrying out their daily tasks. Avoid sending them into culture shock by replacing that common look and feel with a proprietary operating system. By using Windows operating systems, we can ensure compatibility with the vast majority of enterprise application systems. Windows is already designed and built to provide secure and reliable enterprise-grade end user experience while providing the tools to ensure maximum productivity.

Application Orchestration: XenApp, ThinApp, and Numecent:

We utilize several tools for application management: XenApp application and desktop orchestration along with ThinApp and Numecent application packaging delivery platforms. For desktop access we use the Citrix ICA protocol which has developed a reputation as the most efficient protocol in the industry, providing a premium end user experience at just over 100kbps of network utilization. XenApp allows us to efficiently manage large application presentation farms. Citrix offers its own packaging solution that we use to stream different applications that are best suited to this utility. ThinApp and Numecent offer a more robust, in-depth packaging solution than the Citrix utility and have the ability to sandbox the “appdata local” folder and other folder data locations. Numecent actually takes things a step further by intercepting system calls and integrating applications at a kernel level.